The Very First Covers of 30 Famous Magazines

Mar 11, 2015 By Abby Heugel 0

Did you know that Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s baby was on the first cover of TV Guide? Or that Marilyn Monroe graced the first cover of Playboy? (It’s probably a good thing they didn’t get those two mixed up.)

At any rate, magazines have come a long way — along with their covers. We’ve rounded up 30 of the most popular magazines to show you what they looked like at the very beginning…

Playboy, 1953

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20 Disney Movies That Are Based on Bizarre and R-rated Stories

Feb 11, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

Have you ever wondered how Disney came up with such wonderful stories? Even their oldest films still resonate with children and adults to this day.

For the most part, Disney stories are adaptations of classic fairy tales and novels from decades and sometimes centuries ago. And many of these, as it turns out, are actually horrifying, depressing, and just plain weird.

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The Fox and The Hound

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Copper and Tod, a hound and a fox, grow up living right next to each other. The unlikely pair struggle to preserve their friendship, despite their emerging instincts and the surrounding peer pressure demanding them to be enemies, but they remain best friends forever.

Let’s just rip off the bandaid, and jump right in with what may be the most distressing thing you read today.

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What the Heck Does Tolkien’s Magic Ring Actually Do. And Why?

Feb 10, 2015 By Abraham 0

You know the story of The Lord of the Rings, but do you know the story of just…the rings? If not, let C.G.P. Grey take five minutes and catch you up on the shadowy mythology of Tolkien’s titular jewelry…

21 Weird Questions Real People Asked Librarians Back Before Google Was a Thing

Dec 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

It wasn’t that long ago when a person who was curious about something either had to forget about it and move on or actually do some research. And sometimes this research involved  — horror of horrors — asking another human being about the topic at hand. There was no option to quietly and privately inquire of Google.

The closest approximation to the magic of the internet was to call the public library and ask your question to the local librarian. And while they wouldn’t ordinarily laugh at you outright, they were still sometimes secretly amused. And occasionally they’d write down your question for posterity’s sake. (That is, so that your posterity could laugh at you.)

That’s what librarians at the New York Public Library did, anyway. And now they are sharing many of the questions they received from the 1940′s and onward.

Here are some of the best.

How long do abandoned women live?

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What is the U.S. population…of neurotic people?

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Famous Authors…and the Dogs Who Look Like Them

Dec 11, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

Photographer Dan Bannino has been juxtaposing classic authors with their canine doppelgängers in a series he calls Poetic Dogs. The resemblances are at least amusing and occasionally uncanny…

Oscar Wilde

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Charles Bukowski

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But Bannino’s project isn’t just cool photos of funny dogs—his inspiration comes from his beloved dog Rothko, who he rescued from a shelter over a year ago.

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Funny Photo Shoot of Stephen Colbert as Tolkien Characters. Gandalf at Starbucks Wins…

Dec 11, 2014 By Abraham 5

In case you haven’t noticed, Stephen Colbert is a big nerd.

Not only is he the biggest Star Wars fan, he’s no slouch when it comes to Tolkien, either. So he was a perfect match when Entertainment Weekly was looking for someone to write an article in celebration of Peter Jackson’s last Hobbit movie.

And to really make his dreams come true, they let him dress up like different Tolkien characters for the cover of the magazine…

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