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->''Private investigator Emerson Cod was enjoying the latest issue of Knit Wit Magazine, his literary outlet for knitting humor, when he received a phone call from the mother of one Anita Gray.''
-->--'''The Narrator''', ''Series/PushingDaisies''

'''''There's a magazine for everything.'''''

A character subscribes to a weirdly specific fandom magazine or trade publication you would never expect to have an audience, or that [[PastimesProvePersonality speaks volumes about his character]]. This either represents his interest in a very niche hobby, or shows that a perfectly ordinary part of life is SeriousBusiness to him. If it's a trade publication, he probably belongs to a WeirdTradeUnion.

Named after TheWikiRule, its online equivalent. Related to CollectorOfTheStrange and PastimesProvePersonality. If a [[TestosteronePoisoning Manly Man]] subscribes to ''Cross-stitch Quarterly'', it's RealMenWearPink, and if a NightmareFetishist has managed to find a publication devoted to ''Cross-stitch Bondage Babes'', it's [[FetishFuel Rule Thirty Six]].

See also SeverelySpecializedStore, NicheNetwork.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* A Snickers commercial had a man who subscribes to ''Panda Fancy'', a magazine for those with pet pandas.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* On DCComiBookcs' Htrae (aka BizarroWorld) during the Silver Age, one of the most popular newspapers is ''The Yearly Planet''. It's what you get when you employ Bizarros who only work during the weekend.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Obscure Sports Quarterly'' in ''{{Dodgeball}}''.
* In ''WallaceAndGromit'', Wallace is a devotee of many cheese connoisseur mags.
** The local priest has a subscription to a magazine about nun wrestling.
* ''{{Airplane}}''. [[NunTooHoly A nun is shown reading]] the RealLife magazine ''Boys' Life'', while a boy is reading a copy of ''Nuns' Life''.
* The independent film ''Never Been Thawed'' has many scenes that prominently feature fake magazines like ''Christian Entrepreneur'' and ''Apathy''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has various publications for [[CollectorOfTheStrange pin collectors]] (or "pin heads" as they call themselves). Then, they invented stamps...
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there is ''Which Broom?''; although given the popularity of Quidditch in the wizarding world, this is probably not so obscure; they're essentially the wizards' equivalent of racing bikes.
* In ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'', John Hodgman provides a list of (mostly) fake periodicals where writers of short stories can submit their work for a variety of increasingly esoteric literary genres.
-->"If you are a writer of AlternateHistory, why not try the ''[[NewYorkCity New Amsterdamer]]''? Or how about the ''Pacific Monthly''?"

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* On separate occasions DavidLetterman has presented segments showing both phoney and real examples on ''Late Night/Late Show''.
* Bert from ''SesameStreet'' reads books such as ''Boring Stories'', ''Pigeons of the World'', ''The Pigeon Whisperer'' (and several other pigeon-themed works), and ''The Wonderful World of Paper Clips''.
* Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf'' subscribes to ''Fascist Dictator Monthly''. {{Hitler}} was the Mr. October centerfold, apparently. Also, when trying to break Lister, Cat, and Kryten's spirits during a period of Quarantine, Rimmer supplies them with one ''Knitting'' magazine as almost their only form of entertainment. Then, in the episode "Krytie TV", there's the issue of ''Morris Dancer Monthly'' ("That's mine!") that they plant in Ackerman's quarters.
* Vince in ''TheMightyBoosh'' subscibes to hyper-cutting-edge fashion magazine ''Cheekbone'', which has to be delivered by {{ninja}}s to avoid being obsolete ''by the time it's read''.
* ''Infomania'' includes a segment called [[http://current.com/shows/infomania/magazine-cover/ We've Got You Covered]] in which Connor Knighton rounds up the week's mainstream magazines and tabloids. This ends up with a bit called "How the !*#@ Is This a Magazine?" which highlights magazines that are just plain bizarre and/or specialized. Past highlights include ''Pumper'' a magazine about the "liquid sanitation industry" and ''Pizza Today''
** Also: ''Parking Today''
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' has Gus, the uptight one of the pair who is more concerned with breaking the law, subscribing to "Safe-crackers monthly" or something along those lines. He's fascinated by locks and quite adept at opening them.
* In one episode of ''BoyMeetsWorld'' Eric subscribed to 26 different magazines, each one's title beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, as part of poorly thought out attempt to game the Publisher's Clearing House contest. Among these magazines is ''Chester'', a magazine for people named Chester (Eric had to lie about his name to get the subscription).
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Community}}'' with ''Dean Magazine'', which at one point plans to do a cover feature about Dean Pelton. Subverted, however, in that it's cancelled after two issues (before the aforementioned cover feature can appear), presumably because, as Jeff points out, it's "the worst idea for a magazine ever". ''Double'' subverted in that the publication which informs us of the cancellation of ''Dean Magazine'' is none other than ''Magazine Monthly''.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/PushingDaisies''. If it wasn't absurd enough that Emerson Cod is a gruff, no-nonsense detective [[RealmenWearPink who enjoys knitting]], "Smell of Success" has him reading "Knit Wit Magazine", which the narrator confirms is a frequent "knitting humor" magazine.
* In the Series/DoctorWho comedy-special ''Recap/TheFiveishDoctorsReboot'', three Dalek prop-operators can be seen reading copies of "Dalek Operator's Gazette".

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin subscribes to ''Chewing'', a magazine devoted entirely to chewing gum. Calvin describes it as "high-gloss, literate, and sophisticated" in comparison to ''Gum Action'', targeted more to the "Gonzo" demographic, and ''Chewers Illustrated'' which targets vintage gum collectors. WordOfGod says that these were direct parodies of the half-dozen biking magazines Waterson himself subscribed to.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'''s Wally is once seen speculating on the content of his "Sitting There" magazine.
* Rocky from ''ComicBook/{{Rocky}}'' once saw a man check out a new magazine for people who are into hermit crabs.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* In one BobAndRay interview, they're discussing hobbies with the editor of "Wasting Time Magazine".

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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* GeorgeCarlin devoted a small part of his HBO special ''Jammin' in New York'' on this trope, saying that "any activity engaged in by more than four people in this country has got a fucking magazine devoted to it." In particular, he railed against the fact that there's a magazine for ''walking''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' allows you to purchase an issue of ''Fornax'', a titillating alien magazine. Featuring a [[StarfishAliens hanar]] on the cover.
* Used for a joke in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'': while passing by a magazine stand, [[DeadpanSnarker Zoey]] may teasingly tell [[AccentuateTheNegative Francis]] that they have the latest issue of ''Hating Everything Magazine''. Francis' reply? "I hate latest issues!"
* One of the findable items in ''VideoGame/EvilDeadHailToTheKing'' is a magazine specialized for {{Hillbilly Moonshiner}}s, which provides tips to repurpose any undrinkable results (namely how to create fuel and healing items with mushrooms).

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'':
** Uncle Lucius was once seen reading ''Hypochondriac Monthly'', while Bruno himself favored ''Pilfer! The Thieves' Magazine''.
** Shub-Megawrath once appeared on the cover of ''Pregnant Shambling Horror Magazine''.
* At least one character in ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' has a subscription to [[http://mountaincomics.com/2014/03/20/mountain-time-543/ Tumbleweed Enthusiast]] magazine.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''{{Homestuck}}'': Dad subscribes to ''The Serious Jester''.
* In an EasterEgg in the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail101.html "car"]], Strong Sad is seen reading the magazine ''Nerdular Nerdence''.
** As a matter of fact, strange magazines are a RunningGag in the HR toons.
* On ''TheRickyGervaisShow'', Karl mentions in his diary that he saw someone reading a magazine called "Carp." Specifically, a "Carp of the Month" article. Later, he searches London for "[[InsistentTerminology UFO Data]]" but keeps getting distracted by gay pornography on the newsstand.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Marge gets several magazines devoted to cleaning with titles like ''Sponge & Vacuum''.
** There was also a whole selection of "death sports" magazines Marge was looking at with titles like ''Glass Eater'', ''Bear Baiter'', and ''Danger Liker''.
** Homer Simpson was once shown napping on the couch with a copy of ''Modern Fart Denier'' on his stomach.
** And in TheMovie, Grandpa is seen reading an issue of ''Oatmeal Enthusiast''.
** Sherri & Terri subscribe to "First Born Twin" and "Second Born Twin" magazines.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', we learn that Cleveland subscribes to black-guy magaznies like ''Grape Soda Today''.
* Ed of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' owns a copy of Chicks Galore... which is about baby chickens, not girls, much to Eddy's dismay.
* In one episode of ''MakingFiends'', Vendetta reads ''Evil Magazine''.
* In ''APupNamedScoobyDoo'', Fred subscribes to a variety of conspiracy theorist magazines, the ''National Exaggerator'' apparently being one of his favorites.
* CartoonishSupervillainy appears to be a whole culture in ''KimPossible'', and Drakken and Shego are sometimes seen reading magazines like ''Villainess''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' Fred reads ''Traps Illustrated'' (just for the articles).
* An episode of ''GarfieldAndFriends'' had Jon harassed by a magazine salesman, who forces him to purchase a subscription of ''Sponge Illustrated''. Then the salesman starts following Jon to get him to renew (despite the issues having not even arrived yet!)...

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TruthInTelevision, it's unbelievable how magazines exist about any number of specific interests. "[[http://www.lonympics.co.uk/new/Guest%20Publications.htm This Week's Guest Publications]]" on ''HaveIGotNewsForYou'' are generally excellent examples of these, with magazines such as ''Parking Review'', ''Arthritis News'' and ''Miniature Donkey Talk'' providing some of the headlines.
* Anyone who has ever worked in a well-stocked academic library will quickly realize that there is an scholarly journal on every discipline, every subdiscipline within the discipline and so on down the line for a few dozen iterations, rounded out with a few interdisciplinary ones.
* Japan has a magazine only about Ramen.
** Also one for opossum fanciers.

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