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Our 24 Favorite BuzzFeed Feature Stories Of 2013

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.

1. Is Scientology Self Destructing? — Alex Klein

2. Behind the Scenes at the Last Days of 30 Rock — Tom Ceraulo

3. Talon Show: How Golden Eagle Snatches Kid Ruled the Internet — Chris Stokel-Walker

4. The Harvest: Dispatches from the Front Line of Florida's Wild Python Hunt — Amanda Petrusich

5. Noise Kills: When Everyday Sound Becomes Torture — Joyce Cohen

6. The Ghosts of Jonesboro: Fifteen Years After A School Shooting, A Small Town Is Still Recovering — David Peisner

7. The Last Rock Star: David Lee Roth Will Not Go Quietly — Steve Kandell

8. Live Shot: Why Did Jodon Romero Kill Himself on Live Television? — Jessica Testa

9. "Passing the Note is the Bang": How a War Hero Became a Bank Robber — Scott Johnson

10. From Here to Eternity: Inside the Immortality Business — Josh Dean

11. Table for One: Takeru Kobayashi’s Declaration Of Independence — Emily Fleischaker

12. Wildcatting: A Stripper’s Guide to the Modern American Boomtown — Susan Elizabeth Shepard

13. Breaking Bland: The Notorious MSG's Unlikely Formula for Success — John Mahoney

14. “Something Terrible Has Happened Here”: The Crazy Story Of How Clue Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph — Adam B. Vary

15. The Eel World: Inside Maine’s Wild Elver Turf War — Peter Andrey Smith

16. Gone: Was An American College Student Kidnapped By North Korea? — Leslie Anne Jones

17. Why I Stay Closeted in Asia — Connor Ke Muo

18. Leo Rising: How Melissa Leo Became an Overnight Sensation in Just 30 Years — Doree Shafrir

19. Auslander: William Seuss Thought He Was an American Until the Day He Was Deported — Mike Giglio

20. I Was Drugged By a Stranger — Sandra Allen

21. "That Dead Girl": A Family and a Town After a Cyberbullied 12-Year-Old's Suicide — Ryan Broderick

22. Spring Break, Mumbai: How Surviving Sexual Assault Makes It Hard To Go Home Again — Rega Jha

23. The AIDS Granny in Exile — Kathleen McLaughlin

24. Behold! The Heartbreaking, Hair-Raising Tale Of Freak Show Star Julia Pastrana, Mexico’s Monkey Woman — Tim Stelloh

Read more of of our Best of 2013 longform picks:

The 17 Most Harrowing Feature Stories Of 2013

The 15 Most Memorable Profiles Of 2013