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'The New Yorker' Profiles 'Mad' Magazine as an Anti-Smoking Ad Pioneer

The New Yorker ran an excellent article last week about Mad magazine's big anti-smoking push during the '60s, which resulted not only in tons of hilarious tobacco ad parodies but some fake smoker-friendly inventions that, had the industry paid any attention to the small ad-free satirical magazine, could've potentially kick-started the e-cigarette boom decades earlier. From the article:

But the truly prescient invention was the "smoke simulator": a cork-tipped Pyrex tube containing small amounts of water, which, like the metal rod, would be inserted into a cigarette. Once the cigarette was lit, the cork at one end of the tube (edible, of course) popped out, and the water [...]

Remember When MAD Magazine Was Scandalous?

I came across this absolutely insane MAD Magazine collector's website today, which has cover images and descriptions of literally every issue ever released. And while MAD's humor doesn't exactly hold up under my grown-up scrutiny, it had an undeniable impact on my burgeoning comedy-loving brain when I was a kid.

When I was in 4th grade in 1993, I secretly bought MAD Magazine's Sex and Dating special issue. On the cover, it featured a blond woman sticking her tongue into Alfred E. Newman's ear and coming out the other side of his head. But the real scandal was the fact that it had the word "SEX" on the [...]

Your Custom Headstone Does Not Meet Our Standards, by David Guzman

Dear Sir,

Bloomington Cemetery very much appreciates your business, and we are pleased to see clients who have the foresight to plan ahead for their final resting place. With that said, we regret to inform you that the headstone you propose to have at your recently purchased burial plot does not meet our cemetery's standards and regulations. Although we understand the need to individualize your grave marker, we must decline your custom designed headstone because of following reasons:

• We cannot engrave a headstone with five dates of birth for one person.

• The font style you created for your inscriptions, Detroit Sans Serif, is illegible on both paper [...]

A Few Minutes with Al Jaffee

The folks at UCBcomedy sat down with Mad Magazine's Al Jaffee, the creator of the famous fold-in and a guy who's been making comedy regularly for longer than most comedians have been alive. I don't know too many comedians who didn't read Mad as a kid, so it's great to see the 89-year-old Jaffee still as sharp as ever, and still making those fold-ins.