Stuffy cleans his room

(or look at all these freakin ads)

So yesterday my wife makes an annoucement. Stuffy says she how about getting rid of some of your magazines, you know like before they fall over and crush us. She has a point, I do my part keeping writers at work by subscribing to 6 magazines that I don’t have time to read. And what about those PC Magazines she says, I’ve never even seen you read one of those. I look at the 4th pile, it’s the neatest, precisely because her comment was dead on. I’ve haven’t read one in months.

Well, I say to her you know how I hate being assaulted with ads and subscrition cards, well these are like the worst. I then pick up a random copy and demonstrate, by reading aloud…

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By this time we were both in stitches laughing. So it got me to wondering, if they are in fact the worse. So anybody got a magazine handy? Come on, it’s a quest for knowledge.

We keep getting these glamour magazines in the breakroom (a bunch of scientists and technicians with fasion magazines… don’t think about it too hard)

We found 3 pages with more than 1 paragraph of text.

Hold on, I’ve a Baltimore magazine right here. OK, lessee…

ad (inside front cover)
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table of contents
ad/masthead
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ad/publisher’s note
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ad/letters
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article
article
article/ad (1/3 of the page is article, the other two-thirds, ads)
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article/ad (another 1/3, 2/3 thingy)
ad/article (yep, you guessed it: the thirds again)
ad/article (again with the thirds!)
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article
article/ad (enough with the thirds, already!)
article
article/ad (I’m beginning to see a theme here…)

OK, and that’s just the first 41 pages.

I wanted to be completely fair, so I just leafed through a trade mag (Aviation Weekly if you must know), I think I’ve got the secret. They add more ads, to make up for those pesky articles. Uh, when they don’t tack an ad on the page with the article.

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Letters/ADDS
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Dairy Herd Management [sub]I live on a farm and it was on top of the pile, dammit, leave me alone![/sub]:

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Big ol’ 16-page advertising insert
article (continued from prior to the insert - I hate those)
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article/ad (Hm. One ad on this page is for large barn fans
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ad/article (just like an article/ad, but more ad than article)
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Ad index!!! WTF?/ad
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karma - a way of life (central florida lifestyle - free magazine I picked up at lunch)

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More staff listings/AD
Photo spread
Photo spread
Photo spread
Photo spre… whoops: the preceding pages were actually an AD
ARTICLE (sky diving)
ARTICLE (Is Kirsten Dunst the girl next door? In your dreams!)
ARTICLE (Sex and the City Beautiful)
AD
RESTAURANT LISTINGS (damn, some places I’ll have to try out!)
AD
ARTICLE (Noel Holmes)
ARTICLE (Feng Shui - jewelry)
PHOTO SPREAD (beautiful people at downtown hangouts)
ARTICLE (Feng Shui - life and career)
RESTAURANT REVIEW (4 pages on one restaurant)
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MOVIE REVIEW
AD (condos - pre-contruction sales)
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ARTICLE (Hugh Grant)
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ARTICLE (Local artists)
ARTICLE (Ballet season)
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ARTICLE (Science Center exhibits)
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American Demographics, June 2002:

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Hmm, I made out pretty well…

Of course, most of the “articles” were short little blurbs, like about how many people use scented deodorant.

Erm.

Is anyone else reminded of those very vaguely creepy ‘ham radio stations’ transmitting strings of numbers over and over?

:eek:

Super Street- July 2002

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letters/ad for several pages…
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Forget it. Sometimes I wonder why I subscribed… oh yeah, to get ideas for the car… sigh

Hee hee hee I got you beat! I have a magazine with absolutely NO ads at all! None, I tell you, none!

(Okay, it’s Consumer Reports.)

Adbusters Magazine

No Ads! HA!

well, okay, a few spoof ads. but the rest is art and articles.

Alternative Press Magazine

ADs * 4
Table of Contents
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More Table of cont
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more Table of cont
AD
Letters
AD
more Letters
AD
New Releases (surprising number of which are ahem advertised)
AD
more new releases,etc
AD *2
2 pg article
AD

ad infinitum…

Fashion magazines are read for the ads, you know. :smiley:

I once saw a very short Fry and Laurie sketch wherein one of them, forget which one, did a demonstration. “Let’s see…we have here a copy of Woman’s Own…” [shakes it so a half-dozen inserts fall out] “…and Rolling Stone…” [shakes out even more inserts]. Four magazines later, he’s standing in a sea of inserts. “And now we’re going to see the man who first had the idea of putting inserts into magazines…” [cocks rifle]