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March 24, 2011

The worst magazine cover of all time?

Rachael Ray finds inspiration in COOKING HER FAMILY AND HER DOG? Who the hell wrote that cover? Hannibal Lecter?

Sadly, this is not a Food Network Humor photoshop. This is a real cover from the October 2010 issue of Tails Magazine. And yes. It really does say EAT RAY LOVE  ( a stupid play on Eat Pray Love, which was probably the worst movie of the last decade).

Fail on all accounts, Tails Magazine


I tend to agree that at the SBL playground that we should all try to play by the same rules so that one does not have to adopt a certain theological view in order to even entertain an argument and that scholars who want to use the Bible confessionally or to debunk theology can do that in other forums. Part of the issue behind the prolifferation of sessions may be because there is such a diverse constituency and many upcoming scholars need to present papers to build their CVs. But even if someone else makes a good case for why the SBL should have room for confessional sessions, it is only fair to make equal space for those who critique the influence of such readings?
5 Comments leave one →
  1. Geoff Abbas permalink
    March 24, 2011 12:08 pm

    fyi – found original cover here:

    after seeing the original i noticed 2 commas that have been colored out with black marker.

    still a bad cover? absolutely.
    even not blacked out the commas would be easily overlooked.

    • March 25, 2011 9:51 am

      There’s another difference in the cover at at the right, it says “7 WAYS…” where the funny cover says “10 TIPS…” I’m guessing there were two press runs, which makes it a bit more plausible that the funny cover is real (as well as the one at

      In any case, the funny cover is funny.

      • WenatcheeTheHatchet permalink
        March 25, 2011 3:11 pm

        If it is real I’d hate to be the copy editor eating enough crow for the dogs in the Pixar movie Up right about now.

  2. WenatcheeTheHatchet permalink
    March 24, 2011 3:27 pm

    I don’t think it’s the worst cover, I think it’s the best example of someone with the instincts of a disgruntled copy editor getting revenge on the layout editor!

  3. WenatcheeTheHatchet permalink
    March 24, 2011 5:45 pm

    Satire permitted by the Fair Use Act is a wonderful thing. 🙂

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