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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6 Facts That Prove Jack from Titanic Is Actually a Time Traveler

Mar 2, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

At one point or another, we’ve all delved into that dark part of the internet. You know, the one with all the completely weird and totally insane fan theories about our favorite movies? Yeah, that one.

And usually there’s nothing to them. But this one about everyone’s favorite 90′s “epic romantic disaster” movie Titanic…well…it’s about to blow…your…mind.

According to the theory, Jack Dawson is actually a time traveler.

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Okay, stay with us. It sounds crazy, we know, but keep reading.

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An Idiot’s Guide to Smart People and Money

Feb 28, 2015 By Abraham 0

For much of pre-history, human idiots held all the power. Then along came money, giving smart people the upper hand.

Now idiots need to try to understand how smart people are controlling them and their wealth.

Or maybe they don’t need to try to understand. Yeah, forget it. Just carry on.

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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The History of 13 Countries in 15 Words or Less. This Nails the U.S.

Jan 28, 2015 By Abraham 0

This 1946 Yearbook Is So Full of Casual Sexism It’s Almost Shocking

Jan 14, 2015 By Abraham 0

Looking back from the vantage point of 2015, the way the editors of this 1946 college yearbook decided to describe all the women is surprising at best. It’s unimaginable that these types of captions would end up in a current yearbook, but if they did, it would be indefensible.

The 40′s were a different time, however, and today’s expectations don’t exactly fit. So, more than being offensive, these pics serve as a reminder of how far we’ve come…

Chubby…

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Little girl…

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Why Tipping Is Stupid and We Should All Quit It

Jan 13, 2015 By Abraham 0

Adding a tip to your restaurant bill so that your server gets paid a fair amount for their work is a dumb custom. There is an increasing but very slow trend away from it as restaurants here and there decide to pay their employees a fair wage and then decline tips from customers.

Unfortunately, this is still far from being the norm, but here’s why it should be…

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Artist Meticulously Re-creates Old Photos of Her Ancestors, Posing as If She’s Them

Dec 30, 2014 By Abraham 0

This is Christine McConnell

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She is a remarkably creative artist and photographer. In her most recent project, she painstakingly reproduced past photographs of the women in her family on her mother’s side, with one major difference — she was the subject of the photo.

She then placed the two images side-by-side to create a sort of “before-and-after” of the women in her family.

She started with her great-great-great grandmother Martha who was born in 1821…

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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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