March 27, 2016
It was an article about the coming environmental disaster, or the hole in the ozone layer, or how we were causing the next ice age, or something along those lines. Contained in the article was a chart showing what sort of prices we'd be looking at for common items... milk, bread, construction materials, gasoline (note: environmental disaster makes gas prices go down from current rates), metal plates, cars, that sort of thing... wait, what?
That seemed like an odd item to compare prices with, at least for the type of article we're talking about here. Everything else were common household goods, and then along comes "metal plates" and everything gets thrown into a cocked hat.
Then came this morning's text-message wakeup call, ruining a somewhat humorous dream about a world-wide raccoon shortage, but also for whatever reason reminding me of the OMNI article. And then it hit me: metal plates, not metal plates!
I was a very intelligent youngster, but I wasn't a smart kid... or adult apparently, since it's taken me 30-plus years to figure out "metal plates." Unfortunately, I've never been able to find that article again... maybe it wasn't in OMNI. National Geographic? Mad? It is a puzzlement.
I read OMNI many, many moons ago. Every once in a while, I get an inclination to try to find a back issue from the early '90s to re-read a short story that I never knew the name of it or its' author, but never had any luck doing so.
Posted by: cxt217 at March 27, 2016 02:00 PM (I/l1o)
Which isn't specifically an oxymoron, nor were half the other entries in the list, but it amused me nonetheless...
Posted by: GreyDuck at March 27, 2016 10:47 PM (rKFiU)
Not sure who thought that would be a successful business model.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 28, 2016 07:01 AM (2yngH)
Posted by: J Greely at March 28, 2016 01:34 PM (ZlYZd)
Posted by: Ben at March 28, 2016 07:07 PM (zcM+Q)
The magazine had bad timing on both ends of its life. They were born into a remarkable flowering of magazine-length science writing -- alas, the supply of such magazines exceeded the market.
Omni had solid enough backing (from Penthouse publisher and, on one occasion, unlikely fusion-energy patron Bob Guccione) to survive that, but then folded their tent about a year too soon. They'd run Internet-related nonfiction (as well as some influential early cyberpunk) when that was pretty state-of-the-art stuff, and were online early on.
In some superior parallel universe they might've hung on deeper into the era of popular and overtly commercial use of the Internet, as well as broadband to make a graphics-intensive online magazine more feasible, and become a good competitor for Wired...
Posted by: Ad absurdum per aspera at March 28, 2016 07:19 PM (blF4/)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 28, 2016 07:42 PM (XOPVE)
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