Official: Playboy back cat stashed on hard drive
Better than a tatty cardbox box in the attic?
NSFW We've heard of guys stashing away their pr0n collections on a covert external storage device, safe from prying eyes, but if you get your mitts on this one, your passion for the pudendic will be immediately obvious to all.
US publishing outfit Bondi Digital has released a 250GB drive containing - we pull your plonker not - a digital version of every issue of the original lad's mag, Playboy, from 1953 to the present day.
Naturally, the hard one comes embossed with a big silver bunny logo leaving no question as to what's stuffed inside.
The skin stash doesn't come cheap, mind: Bondi wants a whopping $300 (£190) for the drive.
We read it for the articles on technology. Which are very good by the way. No, honest. They are. They really are.
A no-name HDD minus the soft-core content would set you back less than a quarter of that price, on average. A very nice mark up for Mr Heffner, in other words. Well, the old chap does have a mansion to maintain...
One other snag: you'll have to get someone in the States to post it to you. There's no jetsetting overseas for the chicks on this disk. ®
This could actually be an interesting buy
to see how the magazine evolved over a period of more than half a century. It'll be a great show of what the body beautiful was with a snapshot taken every issue.
The story of how Playboy's evolved over the years (Man's magazine through near-ladmag levels to the brand on your daughter's lunchbox) is actually pretty interesting, and it would be great to see it happening "as it happenned".
And, to be honest, for 50-something years of literature that'll not just cover women but cars, gadgetry and other such manly obsessions as well as commentaries from people of the day at that time, under £200 isn't that much. I imagine you'd have to spend a fortune to collect that much data over that sort of timeframe in that much detail through any other source.
If it didn't have the hugely obvious bunny on the front I'd be very tempted.
Actually, spray paint could hide that. You know what, I think I'll give myself one* for christmas.
*stop sniggering at the back!
The Articles, The Fiction
Jokes aside, that's actually a fair point. Playboy published fiction from some pretty impressive authors (including Ursula K. Le Guin), and those of us with a historical outlook appreciate that sort of cataloging.
Yeah, the "Playboy Lifestyle" was always sort of a joke, but one of the reasons people could say "I read it for the articles" is because they actually could read it for the articles.
But the obvious question is...
It's all very well, but does it have the articles?
They're the only thing I ever read it for, honest!
"cleaning the jizz off the scammer every now and again."
You, sir, win the Freudian slip of the day award.
NSFW? Not even trying here, are we?
680-odd centrefolds to choose from and you went for a cover montage pic? Even the "box shot" is of a bloody cuboid packing container.
Shame on you.