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January 24, 2003 2:37 PM   Subscribe

Life imitates an old joke... sort of. National Geographic's Swimsuit Issue.
posted by XQUZYPHYR (20 comments total)
This story here also explains the issue. The magazine will discuss the history and international cultural evolution of the swimsuit over the last 100 years, with photos going as far back as 1917.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:40 PM on January 24, 2003

I hope Sports Illustrated calls Lokelani McMichael's agent, soonest.
posted by alumshubby at 2:49 PM on January 24, 2003

That photo from the 70's is really great.
posted by SweetJesus at 2:49 PM on January 24, 2003

Very briefly, I thought NG had gone hard-core on me: at first glance, I saw the image at the bottom right as reading "Watch Tits...".
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:52 PM on January 24, 2003

(for those of us who don't know... could you tell us the old joke?)
posted by cadastral at 4:15 PM on January 24, 2003

A three-legged dog walks into a bar and says "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."

posted by xmutex at 4:19 PM on January 24, 2003

posted by blue_beetle at 5:57 PM on January 24, 2003

A man walks into a doctor's office with a lobster on his head. The doctor says, "How can I help you?"

The lobster says, "Get this guy out from under me!"
posted by hama7 at 6:28 PM on January 24, 2003

Arg. "I believe people who say they look at a woman for her mind when they make a swimsuit issue of Scientific American." I forgot who said it first, but the joke in various forms has been used a lot with different "intellectual" magazines. Off the top of my head I remember a scene in that Charlie Sheen army movie that made the joke.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:50 PM on January 24, 2003

Ah ha! Now I get it. Nice link, by the way.
posted by hama7 at 6:57 PM on January 24, 2003

A buddhist goes up to a hot dog vendor and says, "Make me one with everything."


Vendor gives him his hot dog, and the buddhist pays with a 20 dollar bill.

A few seconds pass, and the buddhist asks, "Hey pal, I think you owe me some change."

The vendor replies, "Change comes from within."
posted by thebigpoop at 7:56 PM on January 24, 2003

It's official: Nat Geo sucks. After years of quality journalism and scientific curiosity this is what it has finally come to - images of half naked women.

Maybe this will finally make back some of the money they threw away on that cable channel no one watches.
posted by photoslob at 8:49 PM on January 24, 2003

"Nat Geo" sounds like a New Jersey off-highway used car dealership.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:18 AM on January 25, 2003

You know who the majority owner of the National Geographic channel is, don't you? Rupert Murdoch.
posted by pmurray63 at 10:19 AM on January 25, 2003

If this is truly about historical value, why is the girl at the bottom of this page wearing a leaf, not a swimsuit?
posted by Miss Beth at 12:39 PM on January 25, 2003

National Geographic has ALWAYS been images of half-naked women. Weren't you ever a young boy alone in an old person's house?
posted by kevspace at 1:22 PM on January 25, 2003

Ms. Magazine's blog has some interesting things to say about this...
posted by me3dia at 3:12 PM on January 30, 2003

not really - they basically just acknowledged that it was happening.

This is really sad, actually. I had thought the "old joke" reference was just to the fact that NG is famous for being a porno-replacement for young boys who can't get their hands on dad's playboys. But that they'd exploit that end of their business is depressing. 100 years of swimsuits is something for a fashion mag or a girly mag to do. It's depressing enough that a sports magazine does it on a regular basis...
posted by mdn at 3:46 PM on February 3, 2003

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