“Oh God, you guys, what the hell was wrong with us back then?”
~AFFotD Editor-in-Chief Johnny Roosevelt, reading AFFotD’s 1950’s predecessor
It’s been a while since our staffers have taken the terrifying plunge into the 1950’s bi-weekly publication that preceded America Fun Fact of the Day, The Informative American. We’ve been trying to forget how misogynistic, racist, and homophobic-but-in-a-way-that-we’re-pretty-sure-they-were-projecting-their-own-homosexual-urges-in-a-really-uncomfortable-way our writers were back then, but the reason why we have a history is so we can learn from it.
So we decided we’d try to avoid topics like “women in the workplace” or “Mexicans” and republish one of our 1950’s articles about something fairly mundane, which is why the following article about physical fitness caught our eye. After all, no matter how warped our 1950’s predecessors were, there’s really not much they could do to make working out offensive, right?
Oh God, what have we done?
The Informative American’s Guide To Physical Fitness and Exercise (originally published October, 1953)