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(Yahoo)   The coolest cover of Men's Health you'll ever see. Wait, what? You have seen this before? No wonder the print industry is crumbling   (omg.yahoo.com) divider line 76
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2009-12-12 08:35:26 AM  
Idea. Subscribe to this mag for 1 year. That's it. They do nothing but recycle old material.
 
2009-12-12 08:35:35 AM  
I can't think of anyone that would subscribe to Men's Health, really, so who cares if they recycle three-year-old content? Odds are, most of their sales are from the shelf; those that subscribed three years ago are probably no longer subscribers. Not really an issue.
 
2009-12-12 08:36:28 AM  
Yeah, but aren't all the cover's on those type magazines basically the same? Eat this, flatten your abs, improve your sex life.
 
2009-12-12 08:40:14 AM  
They got you to look. You know, free publicity and all.

/enabled voting since I can.
 
#2 [TotalFark]
2009-12-12 08:41:15 AM  
PRIEST. I am here. No traitor to the King.

FIRST KNIGHT. Absolve all those you have excommunicated.

SECOND KNIGHT. Resign those powers you have arrogated.

THIRD KNIGHT. Renew the obedience you have violated.

FOURTH KNIGHT. Lose inches off your hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen.

- 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' Episode 28
 
2009-12-12 08:41:16 AM  
And yet the recycling of Fark cliche headlines is evidence of a robust medium.
 
2009-12-12 08:42:21 AM  
 
2009-12-12 08:42:53 AM  
If I knew anyone that read that crap I would disown them as a friend.
 
2009-12-12 08:45:35 AM  
Nakito: And yet the recycling of Fark cliche headlines is evidence of a robust medium.

Hey. Hey. Hey! HEY!!!

//sorry......hung over
 
2009-12-12 08:46:37 AM  
Isn't Men's Health basically Cosmo for gay men, or is that Details?
 
2009-12-12 08:48:42 AM  
I used to like Mens Health, 20 years ago. I recently bought one in the airport to read on the plane and it was very embarrassing to try and read in such close quarters with other people. Seemed like every page I turned was a close up pic of some dude's abs, bulging underwear, or lingerie clad women.
 
2009-12-12 08:51:50 AM  
castufari: Idea. Subscribe to this mag for 1 year. That's it. They do nothing but recycle old material.

My company gets free issues because we advertise in it...I've seen dozens, and yeah, it's basically the same stories month in and month out...

/cosmo does the SAME thing though...
 
2009-12-12 08:52:49 AM  
Stop me if you've heard this one...

/Tip your waitress
 
2009-12-12 08:54:20 AM  
Tap your secret source hmmmm.
 
2009-12-12 08:55:28 AM  
if were talking about cosmo then im breaking this one out...

http://www.cracked.com/article/156_7-sex-tips-from-cosmo-that-will-put-you-in-h o spital/

cut and paste
 
2009-12-12 08:56:07 AM  
Several years ago now I was on the "Reader's Advisory Board" for Men's Health. They'd send us a few articles a month and ask us to comment. They brought us out to Emmaus Pa and to NYC to their offices for a few days and took great care of us. Didn't get paid anything, but it was pretty cool stuff nonetheless. This was back in the day when Greg Gutfeld worked for them as an associate editor or some such job.

They were very aware of 40below's perception of the magazine, but they pretty much didn't care. There was a lot of discussion over whether or not to start putting scantily-clad women on the cover, but they pretty much went with "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Back then the magazine sold huge, so really, why tinker?

If you wanted a job in the publishing industry back then, that was the place to work. Nicest bunch of people around. Most all have moved on since then, but they really haven't changed the formula in all these years.
 
2009-12-12 08:56:40 AM  
Women's magazines are the worst for that sort of thing. Cosmo every magazine cover has a story about how you can have the best sex ever! Pick up any women's magazine, and you'll see one of these headlines. Lose belly fat now! Walk it all off! Say goodbye to stress!

There's a huge magazine rack at where I work.
 
2009-12-12 08:59:32 AM  
ksr315: Yeah, but aren't all the cover's on those type magazines basically the same? Eat this, flatten your abs, improve your sex life.

Pretty much what I was thinking. It's Cosmopolitan for douchebag men.
 
2009-12-12 09:01:23 AM  
I couldn't help to notice one of the photos off to the right of that page. George Clooney got himself one smokin hot woman. So, I click on the pic, and it opens up a slideshow from some celebrity charity event. One of the photos are two dweebs from the God awful shiatty band, Good Charlotte. The caption reads...

Good Charlotte rockers Benji and Joel Madden were big fans of the old-school stars who performed at the party. Benji later tweeted: "Saw Frankie Valli perform 2night @ Unicef. Sounded so good. Just don't make em like they used to."

Says the guy responsible for making shiatty music.
 
2009-12-12 09:03:21 AM  
There are only so many ways of saying the same things.
 
2009-12-12 09:04:34 AM  
They both have the outline of an egg on the cover. In red.
 
2009-12-12 09:09:41 AM  
40below: Isn't Men's Health basically Cosmo for gay men, or is that Details?

No, Cosmo for gay men is Cosmo.
 
2009-12-12 09:10:50 AM  
Demetrius: There was a lot of discussion over whether or not to start putting scantily-clad women on the cover, but they pretty much went with "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Yeah. It is exactly Cosmo for men, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Personally, I think it's nothing to be proud of, but not a war crime. It operates on the same principle, though -- appealing on the basis of indirect rather than direct sex appeal.


Reminds me . . . when I was in college, a female friend was annoyed to find another friend's Playboy in his dorm room. (This was back when downloading porn meant waiting eight minutes for a bad B&W picture, so Playboy was still faintly relevant.) She was a self-styled feminist and while not really offended just felt that it was exploitive and lame.

I noticed she had a Cosmo sticking out of her shoulderbag, and I was dating a woman who read Cosmo and frequently insisted on showing me articles from it. So I said, "I bet there are more photos of naked women in your Cosmo than his Playboy."

She didn't believe it, and we checked, and I won $10. I'm not sure what this proves, but I got $10, which is pretty good. Actually, the sexy photos in that issue of Cosmo were better than the ones in that issue of Playboy, too. Playboy should have done more articles with naked pics of exercises for toning a woman's ass.
 
2009-12-12 09:10:57 AM  

Pretty much what I was thinking. It's Cosmopolitan for douchebag men.


Wasn't always the case. It went seriously down hill a few years ago. Once is started going the route of "best sex ever" and "dress for success tips" i had to stop reading. There used to at least always be good exercise and nutrition tips, but the last issue i bought maybe about 6 months ago was crap. They've completely flaked on actually being a "men's health" magazine.
 
2009-12-12 09:19:26 AM  
#2: PRIEST. I am here. No traitor to the King.

FIRST KNIGHT. Absolve all those you have excommunicated.

SECOND KNIGHT. Resign those powers you have arrogated.

THIRD KNIGHT. Renew the obedience you have violated.

FOURTH KNIGHT. Lose inches off your hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen.

- 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' Episode 28


Meh. It's not as good as the Trim-Jeans version of Great Escape.
 
M-G
2009-12-12 09:20:40 AM  
It's the magazine for guys who have to be at the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2009-12-12 09:21:08 AM  
If you liked those crappy articles the first time, you'll like 'em the second time. Good editorial thinking, I say.
 
2009-12-12 09:24:59 AM  
Funny thing about these magazines is the readers seem to be rather disappointing people. An old school friend actually features in them regularly. He has the ripped look and the guy gets no action.
 
2009-12-12 09:25:00 AM  
I don't see how any self-respecting guy can read that crap - gay or straight. Then again, I don't understand how women can read Cosmo, et al. Just a bunch of shallow pap.
 
2009-12-12 09:29:26 AM  
I would pick up the mag at B&N to see what the bartender said.
 
2009-12-12 09:30:02 AM  
Men's Journal > Men's Health x 10100
 
2009-12-12 09:31:02 AM  
Editor must be an ex-Fark Mod.
 
2009-12-12 09:31:27 AM  
swahnhennessy: I don't see how any self-respecting guy can read that crap - gay or straight. Then again, I don't understand how women can read Cosmo, et al. Just a bunch of shallow pap.

Back when I used to read it, it was a bit different, and it's pretty suited to the way my head works - I have the attention span of a gnat on crack. Back then it had pretty good nutrition articles, tips on being healthy, a few tips for doing things differently at the gym, plus some decent other stuff by some pretty respectable authors. It was a quick read, you could pick it up and put it down whenever you wanted without having to remember a thing.

You know, pretty much Fark in magazine form.
 
2009-12-12 09:40:42 AM  
And Mens Health would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for all you meddling on your way to gym, protein shake, tanning bed, Metrosexuals!
 
2009-12-12 09:43:03 AM  
People still read magazines?
 
2009-12-12 09:51:26 AM  
astrahl: People still read magazines?

I think the last magazine I bought was Commodore Magazine.
 
2009-12-12 10:00:41 AM  
vodka: astrahl: People still read magazines?

I think the last magazine I bought was Commodore Magazine.


lol, so you lost lots of loads to the centerfold of the vic20's motherboard did you? I bet the issue that had the Amiga as the centerfold is stuck together isn't it.
 
2009-12-12 10:05:04 AM  
What's awesome is that there are exactly 1,293 sexy women who confess what they want in bed, AND 1,293 cool new money, sex, and nutrition tips.
 
2009-12-12 10:05:18 AM  
Ok, I've heard of Jason Statham. He's in those kick-ass Transporter movies.
Who the hell is Taylor Lautner???

/never read Men's Health
//and it shows.
 
2009-12-12 10:11:12 AM  
Vkingbanna: Ok, I've heard of Jason Statham. He's in those kick-ass Transporter movies.
Who the hell is Taylor Lautner???

/never read Men's Health
//and it shows.


Taylor Lautner is one of the stars of Twilight. It's a good thing that you don't know who he is. He's also 17, I think.
 
2009-12-12 10:12:36 AM  
Verrai: Vkingbanna: Ok, I've heard of Jason Statham. He's in those kick-ass Transporter movies.
Who the hell is Taylor Lautner???

/never read Men's Health
//and it shows.

Taylor Lautner is one of the stars of Twilight. It's a good thing that you don't know who he is. He's also 17, I think.


Yeah, but is Jason Statham a member of Team Edward or Team Jacob? I much prefer Team STFU.
 
2009-12-12 10:14:11 AM  
Vkingbanna: Ok, I've heard of Jason Statham. He's in those kick-ass Transporter movies.
Who the hell is Taylor Lautner???

/never read Men's Health
//and it shows.


i didnt know who he was either, or cared, I figured he was the twinkly fag on twilight
 
2009-12-12 10:15:09 AM  
he is the the next leonardo i guess. so he has to look forward to smoking pole in a movie and crying.
 
2009-12-12 10:27:04 AM  
So how come they didn't circle "Your Best Body Ever" too? Kinda running it into the ground, I guess.
 
2009-12-12 10:30:06 AM  
ksr315: Yeah, but aren't all the cover's on those type magazines basically the same? Eat this, flatten your abs, improve your sex life.

Not only that, but every issue of Men's Health looks the same at a glance. We got a one-year subscription, and I can't tell this month's issue from the last one when I'm casting about for some light reading. They don't even change the background color.
 
2009-12-12 10:30:46 AM  
astrahl: People still read magazines?

They make a nice change when your eyes are tired of staring at a computer monitor. You know what else? People still read books too.
 
2009-12-12 10:36:39 AM  
They do this as a service to their readers. After all, do you want to go scrounging around eBay, hoping to place the winning bid on that one back issue that actually told you how to get those great six-pack abs?
 
2009-12-12 10:43:53 AM  
astrahl: People still read magazines?

Yes. People with hobbies or subject interests that have frequent updates and that dislike lengthy reading of documents on a computer.

/lots me some magazines
//patiently awaiting the arrival of a 300 dpi color e-reader however
 
2009-12-12 10:46:39 AM  
Mmm, Statham looks so much better on that cover. Now THAT'S a man.
 
2009-12-12 10:55:14 AM  
I love how they claimed it was intentional when they got caught. Just fess up. Say "We accidentally let too many editors take a long vacation for Thanksgiving and we couldn't get our shiat together for this issue. Sorry, we'll be more careful next time."

/Or let too many editors try to come back to work after a 5 martini lunch. Afternoons spent farking things up. Mornings spent fixing yesterday's abominations. Rinse and Repeat. Oh, crap, what do you mean deadline's today. Um...uh...pull out the Statham cover and recycle, those idiots will never notice. Crap, they noticed.
 
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