Rifles like the AK-47 have curved magazines because their bullet cases are conical (a.k.a "tapered") rather than cylindrical. Thus, they stack in a curve. Tapered cases have less friction with the chamber when they feed or extract. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.6…
Today I learned of the fiasco that ensued when Coca Cola launched its 'Dasani' brand of 'pure' bottled water in the UK in 2004. A trade magazine revealed that the source was ordinary tap water. The resulting press outcry led to an investigation and a contaminated batch was found. The brand was withdrawn in UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
The Galil ARM features a bottle opener on the front handguard, as magazines were being damaged by being used to open bottles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMI…
The Village People was formed when French songwriter/producer Jacques Morali put an ad in a local trade magazine that read, "Macho Types Wanted: Must Dance And Have A Moustache." bbc.co.uk/music/articles/…
Mad Magazine was threatened with a lawsuit after their parody of The Empire Strikes Back. The matter was dropped after Mad publisher Bill Gaines sent the lawyers a copy of a letter from George Lucas praising the satire en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Dune author, Frank Herbert, was initially inspired to write the book after taking a job writing for a magazine on the Oregon Dunes. He ended up with far more research on sand dunes than he needed for the article, which was never written. He claimed this planted the seed that led to Dune. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Dan Bilzerian once tossed actress Janice Griffith off a roof of a house for a photoshoot for Hustler Magazine. She fell short of the pool, braking her foot. Bilzerian rejected her request for $85k. She sued Hustler and Bilzerian and lost. Hustler's attorney claimed the toss was an "act of God". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned Norman Rockwell painted a depiction of the June 21, 1964 murders of the three young civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in Philadelphia, Mississippi, for the magazine Look. nrm.org/MT/text/MurderMis…
Alex Haley, author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, conducted the first Playboy interview. He later interviewed some of the most prominent figures of the 1960s for the magazine including MLK and George Lincoln Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party. wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_H…
The death of Sherlock Holmes almost destroyed the magazine that had originally published the stories. When Arthur Conan Doyle killed him off in 1893, 20,000 people cancelled their subscriptions. The magazine barely survived. Its staff referred to Holmes’ death as β€œthe dreadful event”. bbc.com/culture/story/201…
The federal government setup sting operations in 1985 to catch individuals buying child pornography. In one instance, they offered a farmer a magazine 3 times and reluctantly accepted the third time. He was later found innocent as the arrest was considered entrapment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Rolling Stone Magazine published a 6-page article of future stand-up comic Bert Kreischer while he was attending Florida State University. The article, naming him the top partyer at the nation’s number one party school, became the inspiration for National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Actor Paul Marcarelli – the Verizon Wireless β€œCan you hear me now?” guy – told β€œThe Atlantic” magazine that the catchphrase plagues him so much that someone even said it to him at his grandmother’s funeral as her casket was being lowered into the cemetery plot. techland.time.com/2011/04…
Gilbert Grosvenor boosted the circulation of National Geographic from 1,000 to 2 million in 1899 by discarding the magazine’s format of short, overly technical articles for articles of general interest accompanied by photographs history.com/this-day-in-h…
When the magazine Auto Bild compared the 3rd generation Skoda Superb and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, both brand-new, the Skoda ended up winning the comparison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5…
The Turboencabulator is a fictional technobabble device and an in-joke among engineers. The idea was invented in 1944 and featured in Time Magazine in 1946, confusing many readers. Companies such as GE and Chrysler have released joke data sheets and training videos for the device. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Live squirrel monkeys were advertised - for real - for sale on the back of comics and magazines in the late 60’s/early 70’s. They sold for the low low price of $18.95. Many were purchased by children. Many of the monkeys attacked when opened. The attached is just one account. npr.org/2014/04/25/306868…
Jeff Bezos was Time Magazines Man of the Year in 1999 content.time.com/time/cov…
A Russian car magazine accidentally revealed a top-secret Russian submarine barentsobserver.com/en/se…
The idea we eat 8 spiders in our sleep each year being a myth created by Lisa Birgit Holst (anagram of this is a big troll) of PC Professional magazine as a show of myth spreading ease is itself a myth as neither the writer nor the issue in question ever existed historymatters.group.shef…
A CIA analyst was able to figure out the locations and power consumption of the Soviet nuclear enrichment plants based on a censored cover of a magazine cia.gov/library/center-fo…
In 1998 Charlie Brooker caused a magazine to be pulled from the shelves for writing an article depicting children taking out their violent impulses on animals in the fictional 'Helmut Werstler's Cruelty Zoo' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Before becoming the face of MAD Magazine in 1956, the likeness of Alfred E Neumann kept popping up in ads dating back to 1894. He has advertised mince meat plum pudding, β€œpainless dentistry” and made fun of the Roosevelt re-election campaign. He even said β€œWhat, me worry?” long before MAD. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
When James Dean died in 1955, the character of Vampira, performed by Dean's close friend Maila Nurmi, was embroiled in scandal. Including a magazine expose accusing her of causing his death with black magic. Her link to the tragedy caused the show to be cancelled after only 1 successful year. youtube.com/watch?v=jDfaV…
A poem and a short story helped spark the first U.S. Supreme Court case protecting same-sex content. The 1958 decision was less than 100 words, but reversed a lower court’s ruling against the magazine they appeared in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
Iron Maiden lead singer, Bruce Dickinson is considered a polymath by Intelligent Life magazine due to excelling in a wide variety of pursuits. He is a commercial pilot, presented shows on radio and TV, written novels, brews his own beer and was once ranked 7th in Great Britain for fencing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
The iconic mascot of Mad Magazine - Alfred E. Newman was actually from the magazine The Eternal Optimist - published in 1914, also contained the phrase "Me worry?" historylink.org/File/2021…
In 2019 a U.S. Navy spokesman, confirmed to TIME magazine that three specific widely-shared videos were real and captured 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena', resulting in investigations. time.com/5680192/navy-con…
In 1987 Jeremy Clarkson used to write Amstrad CPC video game reviews for the magazine Amstrad Computer User. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Today I learned of Antonio ProhΓ­as, a Cuban cartoonist who was accused of working for the CIA by the Castro government. He fled to New York and went on to create Spy vs Spy for Mad Magazine. Later he said, "The sweetest revenge has been to turn Fidel's accusation of me as a spy into a moneymaking venture." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In the early days of home computers, late 70's to early 80's, computer magazines featured code listings that readers would spend hours typing into their computer in order to play a game or have a certain program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typ…
On Fleetwood Mac's 1971 tour, one of their guitarists left to "get a magazine" and never came back. When he was found a few days later, he had joined a cult and quit the band. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Sears used to sell houses during the Jim Crow era, and since they were sold through magazines, no one could deny selling the houses to blacks because of anonymity. nytimes.com/2018/10/20/op…
Mad Magazine writer Dick DeBartolo was on the staff of game show Match Game. When it was cancelled DeBartolo started writing silly and suggestive questions - which led to improved ratings and a reversal of the decision to cancel the show en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was written for St. Nicholas Magazine, a publication for children edited by Mary Mapes Dodge. Dodge, author of Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates, asked Kipling to contribute something and although he'd never written for children before, he said he'd try. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Shortly before the Ford Focus reached the German market, the publisher of the Focus magazine had the court order Ford to change their compact's name. However, the two companies managed to work it out and the Ford Focus could keep its name in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
In 1974, Time magazine researchers learned, and informed Jack Nicholson (30 at that time), that his sister was actually his mother, and his mother was his grandmother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Lysol was originally sold as a feminine hygiene product. In the 1920s, ads for Lysol as a feminine hygiene product started appearing in women’s magazines, encouraging housewives to wash their genitals with disinfectant liquid. huffpost.com/entry/lysol-…
After Richard Nixon’s landmark trip to China in 1972, the couple were gifted a pair of Pandas by then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. This gift created a new sensation among Zoos, and Toy makers, even gracing Time magazine. In return, the U.S. government sent China a pair of musk oxen. history.com/news/panda-di…
With over 11 million words, Devta is the world's longest novel. It was serialised monthly in a Pakistani suspense magazine for 33 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
The best-selling edition of Playboy magazine was the November 1972, which sold over seven million copies, when one-quarter of all American college men were buying or subscribing to it every month. By 2014 circulation had declined to 320,000 per month and now it's published quarterly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Pat Keller was the first person to Kayak off of Linville Falls. One of his professors documented the descent and the photographs ended up in a couple of magazines . . . which were seen by the National Parks Service who fined Pat Keller $5,000. blueridgeoutdoors.com/go-…
Neither the Spice Girls themselves or their management came up with the Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, Posh aliases. They were devised by Top of the Pops magazine in 1996 and later adopted by the group en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Steve Comisar sold 'Solar Powered Clothes Drier' in national magazines for $49.95 each. Customers received a length of ordinary clothesline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
National Pizza Month observance began in October 1984, and was created by Gerry Durnell, the publisher of Pizza Today magazine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Today I learned about Continuum, a pseudoscientific magazine that denied the existence of HIV/AIDS. It ran from 1992 until 2001 and ceased publication because the editors had died of AIDS-defining clinical conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Playboy Magazine is now published quarterly instead of twelve times a year and updated its slogan from β€œEntertainment for Men” to β€œEntertainment for All". The company’s licensed products β€” from shampoo to backpacks β€” bring in over $1 billion annually mediapost.com/publication…
Lyle Waggoner, who starred in the Carole Burnett show and played Stever Trevor in Wonder Woman was also Playgirl Magazine's Vol. 1 No. 1 "Man of the Month" centerfold in 1973 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Miss September 2017 Jessica Wall was shocked to learn that she was the last Playmate picked by Hugh Hefner before his passing. Hefner picked the Playmates for the magazine since the first issue in 1953, which featured Marilyn Monroe on the cover 411mania.com/movies/jessi…
, a 1944 issue of Life magazine showed Shirley Hatfield and Frankie McCoy (of the Hatfield - McCoy feuding families), working together in a local factory that produced military uniforms, symbolizing the unifying effect of America’s war efforts at the height of World War II. history.com/news/7-things…
Time magazine had been naming a "Man of the Year" since 1927, but broke with tradition in 1982 to name the computer the "Machine of the Year". Ironically, the writer of the story wrote it on a typewriter, since Time's newsroom would not get computers for another year. computerhistory.org/timel…
In 1941, Time Magazine planned to select the Disney character Dumbo as its Person of the Year, even designing a formal portrait for him and the title of "Mammal of the Year". This was until the Pearl Harbor attacks happened, forcing them to instead give the award to President Franklin Roosevelt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
A mook is a publication that is modeled like a magazine but is designed to be long lasting like a book. The format has become particularly popular in Japan, where several fashion designers publish "brand mooks" to promote their products. American examples of mooks include Make and Craft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
National Geographic hires an archivist who has worked by himself in the magazine office basement for over 30 years. He has handled hundreds of thousands of photographs and is responsible for about eight million images in the vintage collection youtu.be/3mgFQ_wAgz4
Tony Iommi, lead guitarist of Black Sabbath, lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory. He went on to be ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ton…
In 1998, Kansas City Chiefs QB Elvis Grbac won People's Magazine 'Sexiest Athlete Alive' on accident. The award was meant for Rich Gannon but the journalists asked for "the Chiefs' QB" and didn't have the heart to tell Grbac the award wasn't meant for him. thepitchkc.com/people-mag…
The Illuminati is present in modern conspiracy theories largely due to some prank letters published in Playboy magazine in the 60's skeptoid.com/episodes/465…
In 2018, the UK government compiled a public information magazine that mistakenly included a parody poster encouraging readers to shoot children they suspected of having rabies bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The standard test image used in image processing is a photograph from playboy magazine of a Swedish model called "Lenna". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Today I learned of Lucy, a chimpanzee who was raised to believe she was human. She learned to sign over 250 words and some of her hobbies included drinking gin, browsing Playgirl magazines, and masturbating using a vacuum cleaner. vt.co/animals/stories/sto…
In the United Kingdom the BBC refused refused to play the song "The Cover of Rolling Stone" by Dr Hook, as it contained the name of a commercial publication (Rolling Stone magazine) and could therefore be considered advertising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Hugh Hefner published nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe without her permission in the first edition of Playboy magazine. He later purchased the crypt besides her's even though they had never met in life. marieclaire.co.uk/news/ce…
Larry Flynt has sent a monthly copy of Hustler to every congressional office since 1983, and members of Congress can't stop receiving the magazinesβ€”because a court agreed that it was within Flynt's right to petition the government under the First Amendment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Aimi Eguchi was a member of AKB48. She was featured in the Japanese magazine Weekly Playboy, and appeared in a television commercial. Suspicions arose amongst AKB48 fans and on June 19, 2011, Ezaki Glico finally admitted that Eguchi was a fake created by the company, disappointing many fans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim…
This Soviet Russian was so good at coal mining that he made it to the cover of Time magazine, and was awarded a handful of prestigious acknowledgments. Alexsei G Stakhanov. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Even before the surgeon general issued his report on the dangers of tobacco, Mad Magazine went on an anti-smoking crusade ridiculing big tobacco, as agencies, and even smokers. Also before it became law, Mad Magazine's offices were smoke free and none of their content featured smoking. newyorker.com/culture/cul…
Germany became host of the 2006 FIFA World Cup because of a hoax bribery fax sent by the editor of "Titanic", a satirical magazine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit…
The first known meme, using the expectations vs reality format, was published in the Wisconsin Octopus, a Wisconsin University magazine, between 1919 and 1920 . bbc.com/news/blogs-trendi…
MacLean's magazine ranked Sir Mackenzie Bowell as Canada’s greatest bearded prime minister. It was polar bear white and somehow, despite being considerably wider than his face, a near-perfect half-circle macleans.ca/society/6-can…
Hugh Hefner was a fan of cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman, and in 1956 he gave MAD's founding editor an unlimited budget to start a new satire magazine boingboing.net/2017/06/17…
The Compleat Angler, penned by Izaak Walton, is one the most reprinted books written in English. Despite being relatively unknown today, it was so much of a smash hit when released in 1676 that it's only outdone by the Bible and Shakespearean works, according to Smithsonian Magazine. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Gary Cole, Playboy's photography director from 1975 to 2009, gave an honest assessment of Playboy's first non-nude issue in 2016. He thought it wasn't sexy at all, lacked a single memorable image, and said its overall design and typography resembled a magazine he edited back in college shootthecenterfold.com/ga…
At the turn of the 20th century, Nikola Tesla wrote a magazine article discussing robots, wind power, solar power, A.I., and wireless communications. tfcbooks.com/tesla/1900-0…
The 1985 song "We Built This City" by Starship was named the worst song of all time by Blender, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and Rolling Stone magazines, and VHS's special episode "The 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs...Ever." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
To celebrate the magazine's 65th anniversary issue, Playboy hosted a free, two-day popup event only open to adults over 21 called the Playboy Playhouse in Los Angeles. There was also a PG rated Playboy exhibition to explore how the magazine promoted social progress and civil rights bizbash.com/production-st…
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry sold his prized 1959 Les Paul during his divorce and lost track of it until he found Slash in a magazine holding the same guitar. For years Slash refused to sell it back until he finally gave it to Perry as a gift on his 50th birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In 1999, American AsianWeek magazine and CNN declared Mahatma Gandhi as "Asian of the Century" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
In the past, people would "download" games by copying the code by hand from magazines arstechnica.com/staff/201…
A man only survived the 1902 Mount Pelee eruption, which killed 30,000 people, because he’d been thrown in jail the day before and his cell was partially underground. It had thick stone walls, a bomb-proof magazine, and a small slit for breathing with no other windows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lud…
Peter Gabriel's first four solo albums were all called "Peter Gabriel", and used the same typeface and name positioning. The idea was to make them like issues of a magazine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1809, the Turkish Ottomans made a tower out of skulls. The skulls came from a group of Serbian rebels. Their skulls were used as punishment, after their commander had detonated a gunpowder magazine after they’d been surrounded by Turkish soldiers. The blast decimated both armies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sku…
In 1988, Cosmopolitan magazine ran an article stating that women had no chance of contracting HIV from sex with a man because HIV could not be transmitted in the missionary position en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cos…
Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson accidentally recommended the toxic, psychoactive henbane as a "tasty addition to salads" in the August 2008 issue of Healthy and Organic Living magazine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyo…
In 2005 an Australian magazine ran a competition to rename kangaroo meat (e.g. Pig -> Pork). Candidates included "kangarly", "marsupan", and "jumpmeat"; with the winner being "australus". theage.com.au/national/au…
William Shawn edited The New Yorker for more than 30 years from 1952 until 1987, after new owners bought the magazine. In 1946, he persuaded the magazine's founder and editor, Harold Ross, to run John Hersey's story about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as the entire contents of one issue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Larry Flynt Publishing Inc. produces approximately 30 magazines, but best known for Hustler, an adult entertainment men's magazine with a circulation of around 750,000. With magazine sales softening, Flynt planned to rely more heavily on Internet sites and adult videos to generate revenue fundinguniverse.com/compa…
In 1983, a German magazine bought what they thought where Hitler’s diaries for $6 million. They were authenticated by 3 handwriting experts, but the magazine refused to let any German experts examine them. The diaries were soon revealed as "grotesquely superficial fakes”. content.time.com/time/spe…
The USA's original motto "E Pluribus Unum" and found on the Great Seal of the United States (on passports, $1 bill) was taken from the cover slogan of Gentleman's Magazine from England. penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
Today I Learned that in 1967 Seventeen Magazine advised young women to be anorexic, gave them unsolicited eyewear criticism, shoe shamed them, and asked them to consider vocal chord training. intothegloss.com/2014/02/…
The band Jet's second album was rated a 0.0 out of 10 by Pitchfork magazine and in lieu of writing a review, a YouTube video of a monkey urinating into his own mouth was put up on their site. pitchfork.com/reviews/alb…
Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein read detective pulps all his life, saying there was more wisdom in them then in the leading philosophy magazine of the time. He once wrote. β€œif the U.S.A. won’t give us detective mags we can’t give them philosophy”. mysteryfile.com/NDavis/Wi…
As part of a photo shoot for Hustler Magazine, Dan Bilzerian once threw a model off the roof of a house. When the model tried to sue Hustler for her injuries, the magazine argued that they were not legally at fault, and that "the toss was an act of God" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Gene Roddenberry was claimed to have created the Star Trek character Chekov in response to the Russian magazine Pravda's criticism of the show for not having any Russian characters. The other origin story is the Chekov was created to attract the teenage girl demographic. snopes.com/fact-check/rus…
I learned of Grandma Gatewood who hiked the 2,200 mile Appalachian trail at 55 bringing only Converse shoes, an army blanket and a plastic shower curtain after reading about it in a magazine and telling her children she was going for a walk. She hiked it again at 72 and 75. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Dr. Seuss adopted his pen name after being caught drinking gin in his room during Prohibition. The dean insisted he resign from the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern magazine where he was editor-in-chief, but he continued writing using the Seuss pseudonym. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Se…
Every member of Congress gets a free porno magazine every month, since 1983. washingtontimes.com/news/…
Bambi is listed in the Top 25 Horror Movies of all Time by Time magazine. Bambi, Time states, "has a primal shock that still haunts oldsters who saw it 40, 50, 65 years ago.” en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The link between Feminism and "bra-burning" originated when protesters at Miss America threw mops, pots and pans, magazines, false eyelashes, high-heels, curlers, hairspray, makeup, girdles, corsets, and bras, into a "Freedom Trash Can". They didn't actually end up setting fire to anything. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Anyone can get an article published in Forbes Magazine. theoutline.com/post/2563/…
Rolling Stone magazine originally gave bad reviews to Jimi Hendrix, β€˜Are You Experienced’; The Rolling Stones, β€˜Exile on Main Street’; Nirvana, β€˜Nevermind’; and Weezer, β€˜Pinkerton’; the magazine later gave each album 5 star reviews. rollingstone.com/music/mu…

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