This week for BuzzFeed News, Steve Kandell walks the high wire with Nik Wallenda. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
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Posted on October 2, 2015, at 5:53 p.m. ET
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? Read it at BuzzFeed News.
Katie J.M. Baker tells the story of Lara McLeod, a young Baltimore woman whom police accused of falsely reporting rape, with devastating consequences for her reputation, mental health, and family. “People say rape is serious and you should report it, but look what happened to me: I reported my rape, and they told me it never happened.” Read it at BuzzFeed News.
The second installment of "16," a BuzzFeed News series about ordinary people at the weirdest age. Jessica Testa meets Kelsey, a pro surfing enthusiast stuck in the middle of the Connecticut suburbs. "'Southington has been 'a good place to grow up,' Kelsey says, but at 16, she feels landlocked." Read it at BuzzFeed News.
Michael Paterniti profiles Ed Houben — also known as "the Babymaker" — a Dutch man who over the last several years has inseminated dozens of women hoping to get pregnant the old-fashioned way (read: sex) and for free. "I'm rich in children...but not in money." Read it at GQ.
Choire Sicha chronicles the rise of the beloved cookbook queen. "I couldn't have imagined this starting out...but I think the reason people use cookbooks is it gives them the tools to do something, to put something on the table and have everybody say, 'You made that yourself?'" Read it at Eater.
In this installment of Albert Samaha's investigation into Metro Narcotics, a police unit in Oxford, Mississippi that makes frequent use of college-age informants, one man claims he murdered an informant for being a "snitch." “What they do in Oxford, with the informant stuff, it’s risky. They’re putting a lot of kids’ lives in danger.” Read it at BuzzFeed News.
As her new movie Freeheld commemorates an important fight in the marriage equality movement, Ellen Page opens up to Kate Aurthur about the journey that led her to become the highest-profile out actress of her generation. “I think back to not that long ago, and I didn’t think it was possible to be out." Read it at BuzzFeed News.
Christopher Beam explores the lavish, yet lonely, lives of China's contested class of second-generation rich kids, known as "fuerdai." "The fuerdai are in the precarious position of having to justify their existence and show that China’s future leaders aren’t just money-igniting, Ferrari-wrecking layabouts. Not all of them, anyway." Read it at Bloomberg.
After being ghosted for an interview via email, Mary H.K. Choi attempts to decipher what has made Rihanna our realest celebrity. "If this were a normal story...It would be reading tea leaves. It makes you wonder why any savvy celebrity would ever agree to an interview, and understand why in this case Rihanna did not." Read it at The Fader.
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