R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

Satan cackles triumphantly as Hello Kitty teams up with Playboy

Yes, beloved Japanese icon of kid-friendly cute Hello Kitty and legendary magazine of class, culture and nekkid ladies Playboy have teamed up to spawn an unholy merchandise mash-up. Assuming the complete cognitive dissonance hasn't caused you to pass out, here are a few of the items now available. » 3/04/14 6:30am 3/04/14 6:30am

The internet, according to Playboy magazine, in 1996

Back in the mid-1990s, everyone was exceedingly jazzed about the internet. In fact, people were so darn excited that it was impossible to leave the house without being smacked upside the head by such jargon as "electronic mail," "mouse," or "CD-ROM drive!" And nobody was more enamored of the promise of the… » 10/01/12 8:45am 10/01/12 8:45am

Michonne's gory Walking Dead backstory revealed in the latest issue of…

Stoic, sword-wielding Michonne is one of the greatest characters in The Walking Dead comic series, but before the zombie apocalypse, she was an ordinary lawyer who used swords for fencing rather than chopping off limbs. The new issue of Playboy features a six-page comic that reveals the precise moment Michonne became… » 3/17/12 7:45am 3/17/12 7:45am

Playboy ponders the first gentlemen's club in space — with…

The Playboy Club might have failed on television, but could it succeed in space? Following Virgin Galactic's space tourism lead, Playboy is pondering its own space station luxury club, with amenities that include zero-gravity sex suites and human roulette balls. » 2/25/12 9:30am 2/25/12 9:30am

Watershed moments in sexy magazine centerfold research

In the last decade or so, researchers investigating human preferences for male and female body shapes have turned to a previously under-explored academic resource – in the form of double-page gatefolded magazine spreads. Specifically, the centerfolds of so-called ‘top-shelf' publications. » 10/01/11 7:30am 10/01/11 7:30am

Own the Playboy pin-up that Apollo 12 took to the Moon

On January 13, a unique NASA artifact goes up for auction. What is it? A topless photo of Ms. DeDe Lind (a.k.a. Playboy's Miss August 1967) that was smuggled aboard Apollo 12. Bidding starts at $1000. » 1/03/11 6:30am 1/03/11 6:30am

Could Playboy's Vampire Issue Bring Back She-Vamp Power?

The October issue of Playboy is vamped out. Huzzah for supernatural nudity but here's hoping they turn down the coy and turn up the blood-bathing Elizabeth Báthory centerfolds. » 9/09/09 1:55pm 9/09/09 1:55pm

Number Six Uses Her Body to Rescue Kittens

Tricia Helfer, the human side of Cylon Number Six, is doing a charity event for kitten rescue by auctioning off an uncut sheet of Battlestar Galactica cards that have been signed by just about every actor to appear on the show. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising if some random background character had signed one of… » 1/10/08 9:40am 1/10/08 9:40am