Vanity Fair

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The Devil at 37,000 Feet

There were so many ways the two planes could have avoided the collision. The odds were so slim. But high above the Amazon in 2006, a combination of technology and human fallibility brought them together.

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The Dark Underside of the Show-Dog World

“He died like a dog, because he was a dog, but not just any dog.”

The mysterious death of a champion Irish setter.

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Betting on the Blind Side

Sitting alone in his San Jose office, Michael Burry saw the bubble in the subprime-mortgage market before anyone else. So he convinced Wall Street to let him bet on it, even though few were betting on him. The article that became The Big Short.

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The Celebrity Surgeon Who Used Love, Money, and the Pope to Scam an NBC News Producer

Celebrated doctor Paolo Macchiarini was not all that he seemed.

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City of Fear

How PCC, once an inmate soccer team and now Brazil’s most notorious prison gang, coordinated seven days of riots throughout São Paulo using mobile phones.

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The Billionaire Battle in the Bahamas

The whole thing began over a puddle in the driveway. Eight years later, Peter Nygard and his neighbor Louis Bacon, who own houses next to each other in paradise, have spent tens of millions in a constantly escalating legal war. Neither man spends much time on the island anymore.

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The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

The origin story of Gabriel García Márquez’s classic.

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Burt Reynolds Isn’t Broke, but He’s Got a Few Regrets

The 79-year-old actor, too creaky to get off the couch, interviewed at his palatial Florida mansion about love, fame, and how he’s in okay financial shape despite the fact that a surveyor is taking measurements of his house as he speaks.

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Pat Dollard’s War on Hollywood

He was just another coked-up agent (repping the likes of Steven Soderbergh) when he disappeared into Iraq, shooting heaps of footage he would attempt to package into a pro-war documentary. And that was just the beginning.

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Inside Stanford Business School’s Spiraling Sex Scandal

A love triangle between two married professors and the dean goes public.

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Ermahgerddon: The Untold Story of the Ermahgerd Girl

When a random person becomes a massive meme.