From a recovering teen meme to a historical cipher to Instagram superstars to the leader of the men’s rights movement, here are some of the most fascinating people we spent time with this year.
With every kind of spectacle imaginable available in our pockets at all times, why does a straitlaced seventh-generation tightrope walker think he can become the most successful entertainer alive? And why do his own relatives resent him for it?
A housewife who became the first woman to fly around the world. The boxer who integrated Louisiana. A deep-dive into the 60-word basis for the war on terror and an exploration of whether elementary schoolers should be locked up for plotting to kill their classmates. A debauched week in the world’s largest retirement community, a weekend at a clown convention, and 36 hours on the fake campaign trail with Donald Trump. Here’s a look back at some of the great feature stories BuzzFeed News published in 2014.
A woman who confronted her abusive stepfather. A man who bought a house in Detroit for $500. A 33-year-old who suffered and survived a stroke. Reflections on love, loss, and life in these great essays.
The trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel is careful not to show glimpses of familiar characters, but it feels like a calculated throwback just the same.
Nearly 13 years after my sister’s death, a reluctant Sunday visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together.
From Animal House to Caddyshack, Ghostbusters to Groundhog Day, Ramis, who died Monday at 69, helped to define modern movie comedy.
Ingenious hoaxes and unspeakable tragedies. Serial bank robbers and mysterious maladies. Also, Tracy Morgan doing stuff. Sit by the fire with this collection of big ol’ stories we were especially proud to publish this year.
To some, he’s an endlessly illuminating source of sports-business infotainment, a self-styled reporter for the social media age; to others, he is the embodiment of corporate greed and cultural ruin. How did a nebbishy theater major from Long Island transform himself into sports media’s biggest lightning rod?