Waldo's Topless Beach Scandal

For Eileen Godfrey of Nashua, New Hampshire, there could be no doubt: There was definitely nipple.

It was October of 1992, and Godfrey had just returned from shopping at a local BJ’s Wholesale Club with a puzzle for her five-year-old daughter, Jessica, to assemble. It was a sprawling beach scene populated by hundreds of characters, including one dressed slightly inappropriately for the climate: Waldo, the sweater-sporting explorer who “hides” in every crowd scene illustrated by Martin Handford for his Where’s Waldo? line of books. (The series, which debuted in 1987, is referred to as Where’s Wally? in Handford’s native England.)

Jessica did not get a chance to locate him. While looking at the pieces, Godfrey spotted a woman reacting in surprise to a little boy poking her in the back with an ice cream cone. Though the tiny figure was no bigger than a dime, it was clear that Handford had drawn a breast and accompanying nipple on the sunbather. Her bikini top was laid out in front of her.

Angry, Godfrey put the puzzle out of reach of both Jessica and her 10-year-old son. She phoned BJ’s, which pulled the remaining boxes from the shelves. The story made the Associated Press wires, with the Great American Puzzle Company blithely telling a reporter that they had received a couple of other complaints about the illustration the year prior.

Great American was probably indifferent because they had merely reproduced the artwork: It originated with Walker Books, the UK publishing house that issued all of Handford’s Wally/Waldo works. Since it’s unlikely anyone had tampered with the drawing, Godfrey’s discovery meant that the book likely featured the exact same scene.

That was proven just a few months later, when another mother—this one in East Hampton, New York—discovered the book her 10-year-old son had borrowed from his school library contained the covert anatomy lesson.

“I think it’s, like, disgusting,” the boy, Ken Coleman, told the Times-Post News Service in March 1993. Disgusting or not, he felt compelled to show the book to his younger brother before alerting his parents; his stepmother, Shirley Coleman, successfully rallied to have her school district pull the book from circulation.

From that point on, the original Where’s Waldo? collection spent much of the 1990s occupying the American Library Association’s list of the 100 Most Challenged Books, just behind Howard Stern's Private Parts. In the UK, nudity is not quite the taboo it is in the United States—nude sunbathing is legal on any beach, though someone might ask you politely to cover up—making it unlikely the illustrator or his UK publisher would be overly concerned with a minor puritanical controversy. (Some Waldo fans have reported the sunbather recovered her top for later editions; Walker Books did not respond to mental_floss's request for confirmation.)

Handford, who rarely grants interviews, never addressed the controversy directly. Speaking briefly to the Los Angeles Times and other media for the character’s tenth anniversary in 1997, however, Handford said that he considered Wally a “cool guy” and “very open-minded.”

Netflix Promises That The Office Isn't Going Anywhere, Despite Reports to the Contrary

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

With all of the streaming sites available, deciding which one to choose can sometimes be just as difficult as figuring out what to watch once you get there. But one thing is certain: For Netflix users, The Office never fails. Which explains why Dunder Mifflin devotees panicked when they heard that the NBC series would be leaving the streaming giant's library. Fortunately, Netflix quickly took to Twitter to reassure fans that the Steve Carell-starring comedy isn’t going anywhere ... until at least 2021.

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that NBCUniversal might want to take back its rights to The Office in order to put the series on their own streaming site, which is not yet live. This, of course, sent fans into a frenzy. Many took to social media to share how upset they were that their favorite workplace comedy might be disappearing. (A similar situation happened with Friends, another one of Netflix's most popular shows, back in December.)

Although The Office aficionados can breathe a sigh of relief—at least for now—Marvel fans haven't been so lucky. Disney has started to remove its movies along with Netflix’s Marvel shows like The Punisher and Daredevil. The new streaming service Disney+ will drop in November and will feature Marvel films, as well as original series—plus the entire Star Wars franchise.

With all the changes, it’s not difficult to become paranoid that your favorite show might be taken off your preferred streaming service. Better to binge what you can now while it’s still available.

Game of Thrones Could Have a Major Twist In Store for Tyrion Lannister

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Helen Sloan/HBO

We're only two episodes into the final season of Game of Thrones, and already we've seen Jon Snow learn about his true lineage—and then reveal that game-changing tidbit to Daenerys Targaryen (who seemed oddly unbothered by the news). But what if we’re about to learn something about the true identity of yet another major character?

Over the years, many fans have theorized that Tyrion Lannister is also a secret Targaryen—and while some dismissed the idea once it was confirmed that Jon Snow is actually Aegon Targaryen, a couple of key moments in season 8 might be hinting that Tryion could indeed still have Targaryen blood.

Reddit user nisensegar believes Tyrion has discovered he’s a Targaryen, which would explain why he has been acting a little strangely this season. The evidence to back up this theory comes from three specific moments: When Tyrion was able set Daenerys’s dragons free without getting burned; when he watched the door to the room in which Dany and Jon were making love, as if he knew what was going on; and his father, Tywin Lannister’s, last words before Tyrion killed him being: “You’re no son of mine.” These pieces of possible evidence have been cited before in fan theories, but this Reddit user believes Tyrion’s recent behavior supports the claim as well.

All of these things have seemingly been leading up to the most recent episode when Bran Stark speaks to Tyrion, which might have been him confirming his true identity. This would make sense, considering we didn’t actually witness their conversation—we just know they had one.

“A lot was mentioned about Tyrion's intelligence and his challenged loyalty," the Redditor writes "There is also an ominous, secretive shot of him in next week's teaser giving a side glance, half-concealed. Very foreboding.”

The Redditor also references the final scene in "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," the most recent episode, which shows Jon and Daenerys, and then Tyrion. “It's a very strange and wild family dynamic but as Sansa famously said: ‘Families are complicated,'" the post concludes.

Given how popular the theory has become over the years, we're dubious of its veracity. (Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss hate to be predictable.) However, we can’t deny these clues. We’ll hopefully find out what Bran and Tyrion discussed, as well as why the latter has been acting so differently, in the coming episodes.

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