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53 Of BuzzFeed's Biggest, Best, Highest Impact, And Most Fun Stories Of 2015

BuzzFeed covered a lot of ground in 2015, from Ben Carson to Brother Orange and San Francisco to Somalia. Here's a chronological cross-section.

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1. Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson plagiarized portions of his book America the Beautiful. One major source: SocialismSucks.net.

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5. "24 Marvelous Ways To Explain Brazilian Phrases To A Gringo"

in brazilian portuguese you don’t say i love you you say “te pago um salgado” which means endless love and i think that’s beautiful

BuzzFeed Brasil has also been doing groundbreaking work on

the victims of heterophobia.

6. A BuzzFeed News investigation: "Fostering Profits: Abuse And Neglect At America’s Biggest For-Profit Foster Care Company"

This story and the sequel — "In An Unmarked Grave, A Baby's Untold Story" — prompted a U.S. Senate investigation.

This story and the sequel — "In An Unmarked Grave, A Baby's Untold Story" — prompted a U.S. Senate investigation.

8. "What Colors Are This Dress?" (??????!!!!!!!??????)

A Tumblr user posted this mysterious photo (white and gold, obviously) and then messaged our Cates Holderness to ask BuzzFeed to help her figure out the colors. We obliged — and The Dress turned into perhaps the first instant simultaneous global meme. And we got to the bottom of the story with reporting and ~science ~.
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A Tumblr user posted this mysterious photo (white and gold, obviously) and then messaged our Cates Holderness to ask BuzzFeed to help her figure out the colors. We obliged — and The Dress turned into perhaps the first instant simultaneous global meme. And we got to the bottom of the story with reporting and ~science ~.

(Those two were on the same day!)

9. "A Door In Germany Broke Down And The Most Memetacular Thing Happened"

It makes perfect sense in German.
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It makes perfect sense in German.

10. "Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Going Platinum Blonde"

Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed Life / Via Alice Mongkongllite for BuzzFeed Design

11. "I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life"

And then Brother Orange came to the U.S., to see Matt and Britney.
Qingqing Chen / BuzzFeed

And then Brother Orange came to the U.S., to see Matt and Britney.

12. "Selena Is Pretty Much A Disney Princess"

Did you catch the Selena festival?
Walt Disney Studios / Will Varner / BuzzFeed

Did you catch the Selena festival?

13. "Texas Sends Poor Teens To Adult Jail For Skipping School"

Two months after the BuzzFeed News investigation, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law ending the practice of jailing kids for missing school.
Photograph by Dylan Hollingsworth for BuzzFeed News

Two months after the BuzzFeed News investigation, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law ending the practice of jailing kids for missing school.

15. "How An American Tourist Lost His Passport In Istanbul And Was Sucked Into Syria’s War"

Our correspondents covered the conflict on the ground in Syria and Iraq and across the border in Turkey, and exposed civilian casualties, antiquities smuggling, and the U.S. efforts to use a "mobbed up" Bulgarian arms dealer to supply rebels.

Our correspondents covered the conflict on the ground in Syria and Iraq and across the border in Turkey, and exposed civilian casualties, antiquities smuggling, and the U.S. efforts to use a "mobbed up" Bulgarian arms dealer to supply rebels.

16. Inside the Clinton campaign: "The Robby Mook Playbook"

17. "Making Victoria’s Secret Pay For Keeping Staff On Call "

Will Varner / BuzzFeed News

18. "Who Set Jessica Chambers On Fire? The Internet Is Trying To Find Out"

Photo courtesy of Lisa Daugherty

20. After the Charleston massacre: “They Saw An Anointed One”

22. "Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later"

Kyle Niemi / US Coast Guard via Getty Images

23. BuzzFeed Comics

by Adam Ellis

24. "Government Refusing Funding To Kids Company Charity Unless Boss Is Removed"

The BuzzFeed News investigation of the British charity Kids Company was the first of three major investigations by BuzzFeed UK in 2015: Our reporters also exposed the "deeply suspicious" financial practices of a top Tory donor, and revealed chaos at the country's National Crime Agency.
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The BuzzFeed News investigation of the British charity Kids Company was the first of three major investigations by BuzzFeed UK in 2015: Our reporters also exposed the "deeply suspicious" financial practices of a top Tory donor, and revealed chaos at the country's National Crime Agency.

25. "The Unbreakable Rebecca Black"

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26. A BuzzFeed News investigation in Afghanistan: "Ghost Students, Ghost Teachers, Ghost Schools"

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28. "The New American Slavery: Invited To The U.S., Foreign Workers Find A Nightmare"

The second part of this investigation: "All You Americans Are Fired."
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The second part of this investigation: "All You Americans Are Fired."

29. "Rose McGowan Is Starting A Revolution"

33. "Twenty Minutes With Tim Cook"

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34. "The War of the Hoverboards"

Safe to say, BuzzFeed pretty much owned the story of 2015's favorite and most hated new ride — and the strange new memeufacturing complex behind it.
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Safe to say, BuzzFeed pretty much owned the story of 2015's favorite and most hated new ride — and the strange new memeufacturing complex behind it.

35. "The Dark, Scammy History Of JustFab And Fabletics "

Graham Roumieu for BuzzFeed News

37. "Here’s How Uber Beat The Las Vegas Taxi Industry"

Chris Yunker / Flickr / Via Flickr: chris-yunker

38. "Famous Berkeley Astronomer Violated Sexual Harassment Policies Over Many Years"

The astronomer resigned after the BuzzFeed News report.
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The astronomer resigned after the BuzzFeed News report.

39. "WeWork Used These Documents To Convince Investors It’s Worth Billions"

From WeWork's pitch deck (page 16)

40. Another Round, Episode 28: "Madam Secretary, What's Good?"

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41. On Snapchat Discover, Muslim identity.

42. "Here’s What No One Tells You About Having Both Depression And Anxiety"

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43. The Black Colleges Issue

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47. "'This Is What They Did For Fun': The Story Of A Modern-Day Lynching"

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48. The Summer, Fall, and Winter of Trump

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Trump threw a fit about this definitive BuzzFeed News profile in 2014, and this year we've reported on his flip-flops — most notably on immigration — on the talk radio forces sticking with him, the racists who love him, the damage he's doing to the Republican attempt to woo Latinos, the ugly scene at his rallies, and the backlash against his anti-Muslim campaign.

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49. Mental Health Week

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50. "How To Host Thanksgiving For The First Time Ever (For Under $100) "

Lauren Zaser / BuzzFeed Life / Cast iron serveware by Staub / Blue wire plate by Fishs Eddy

51. "Meet The Two People Risking Everything To End This Crime Against Women"

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52. "In 2015, The Dark Forces Of The Internet Became A Counterculture"

Photo illustration by BuzzFeed News; Photos: Getty images (2), Daily Stormer

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