Continuing the theme of the surprising twist, here's everyone's favorite Japanese writer, AKUTAGAWA Ryūnosuke, on magazine cover design:

... [W]hich reminds me of the time that I showed two potential covers for a magazine called Ningen ["Human"] to a police censor. One of our designs was a female nude, and it was rejected. The other was a male nude, and so, we were informed, was permissible. But actually both pictures were female nudes, and the censor had merely made a happy mistake ...

(Note: This was not the Ningen that was founded by KAWABATA Yasunari and KUME Masao shortly after World War II ended. Believe me, no-one's more disappointed than me that we don't have MacArthur to thank for these laffs.)

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