Nov. 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM ET
Why waste time surfing free porn on the Internet when you can drop $300 on a 250GB hard drive loaded with 56 years worth of "Playboy" magazine? That's 650 issues of bare-naked "Bunnies." PLUS, the articles.
"National Geographic" did it last year with 120 years worth of issues on a 160GB hard drive for $200 – including 100 free gigabytes left for future updates. One might argue that "National Geographic," which quaintly once served as the sheltered boy's "Playboy," is a better deal.
Then again, the contents of this 250GB "Playboy" offering is sheltered compared to what hormone-screaming adolescents might discover on today's open Internet.
Heck, one might actually covet this collection of old-timey articles contained within the "Playboy" hard drive repository. "Since 1953, Playboy has published truly extraordinary writers — like fiction by Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, P. G. Wodehouse, and Margaret Atwood," Barrie Hardymon wrote earlier this year on NPR's Blog of the Nation. "The Playboy interview featured everyone from Jimmy Carter, to Malcolm X interviewed by Alex Haley."
I myself read the John Lennon interview at a formidable age (in a magazine pilfered from an irresponsible adult) and it totally blew my pre-adolescent mind.
That's not a hint. I actually see no reason for owning a big hunk o' hard drive when most of this stuff is accessible online … including the first issue's photos of a pre-famous Marilyn Monroe.
I just thought you might be interested … though good luck hiding it from your girlfriend. It doesn't exactly fit under the mattress.