Wiki Wormhole: Extra! Extra! Read all about it in these fictional magazines

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute or learning about the history of America’s most trusted news source. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,349,356-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Fictional magazines

What it’s about: The real-world magazine business has seen better days, but in the world of fiction, magazines are going strong. From throwaway Simpsons gags like Donut Fancy or Magazine Hater to MODE‘s competitors on Ugly Betty, there’s a whole fake publishing world to explore.

Screenshot: Airplane!

Strangest fact: The Tommy Westphall Universe has competition. Playpen, a fake porn rag that combines Playboy and Penthouse into something that manages to be more unseemly than either, has shown up as inspirational material to characters on everything from Fantasy Island to Friends …

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