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WE FOUND IT: The Worst Magazine Cover Of All Time
Posted by Jillian Madison

Rachael Ray finds inspiration in COOKING HER FAMILY AND HER DOG? Who the hell wrote that cover? Hannibal Lecter?

Sadly, this is not a Food Network Humor photoshop. This is a real cover from the October 2010 issue of Tails Magazine. And yes. It really does say EAT RAY LOVE  ( a stupid play on Eat Pray Love, which was probably the worst movie of the last decade).

Fail on all accounts, Tails Magazine.

UPDATE: We just got a frantic email from some snooty woman at Tails magazine, who wrote to IN CAPS FOR EMPHASIS, that their original cover had commas on it. Oh well. It’s still the unfunniest pun ever created. EAT RAY LOVE? More like EAT GAG REPEAT. Thanks, Tails! That cover was still enough to turn me into a cat person!

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    128 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Why is Rachael Ray cooking her family and dog? That seems like it should be a punishable offense.

  2. Your Name says:

    It also says she finds inspiration cooking her family and her dog. Not FOR her family and her dog. I’m disturbed now.

  3. MarkyMark says:

    Wow…editorial control is really going to the dogs these days. Ugghhh, I hate myself for saying that!

  4. Lollipop says:

    At first I thought it was “Fails Magazine.”

  5. Tasha Lee says:

    I think it should say “finds inspiration from cooking COMMA her family COMMA and her dog.” The line breaks really just mess the whole thing up.

  6. Mike says:

    punctuation saves lives…

    • Sue Z says:


      (and the life you save could be your own…if you’re RR’s family or her dog)

    • Pat says:

      Yes. If it read “Rachael Ray finds inspiration in cooking, her family, and her dog” then the message would have been clearer. However in the publishing industry, punctuation is often eliminated. Magazine covers usually do it somewhat correctly though — not this time.

      • Sue Z says:

        yeah, I’d buy that explanation if they hadn’t included the commas in “Eat, Ray, Love”.

        Nope, chick’s a cannibal…

        • Pat says:

          Oops, you’re right — I totally missed the title! (I did like the book Eat, Pray, Love, though.) And further on mechanics — I don’t think I can underline or italicize the book title — sorry!)

      • EVOOOOOOO says:

        I wonder whether commas would have saved this magazine from looking like they were accusing Rachel Ray of being a cannibal?

    • lotiel says:

      Indeed. Epic punctuation fail!

    • Flange says:

      Simpson’s episode, Marge goes to lawyer Lionel Hutz because his ad says Free No Money Down. He asks for money to take the case and she mentions the ad. Lionel said it was a typo, they had left out the punctuation, it was suppose to say Free? No! Money down.

  7. boke1 says:

    Who the hell’s hair is that all over the foreground? Rachael iis a pretty woma but that hair thang is jud nasty!

  8. Sarah Fowler says:

    lol!! Comma! My kingdom for a comma! I hope someone got fired for this…

  9. Bill says:

    Commas are important:

    Let’s eat Grandma!
    Let’s eat, Grandma

  10. FatCat says:

    I didn’t get it at first look without reading it. I thought the dog between her legs or something,

  11. Nancy says:

    Whose finger is that in the corner??

  12. Kevin says:

    Cooking her family and her dog? Yum-o!

  13. Zoinks! says:

    Well, first of all, why are Rachel and her dog cuddling in a bunch of hay? And second, is it just me or does the dog have that “please kill me” face?

  14. Zoinks! says:

    Also, did anybody else notice the price of the magazine? – ‘complimentary’ – though you’d have to pay me to take it.

  15. MARTIN says:

    Who would want to eat Rachael’s disgusting hobo husband? Even cannibals wouldn’t eat something as ugly and nasty as that.

  16. Jenn says:

    Her family? they mean her unshaved husband. And on another note, with Eat, Pray, Love, I thought I was the only one that thought the movie was sucky! Everyone seemed to rave about it??!

  17. Syd says:

    Tails Magazine sounds like porn.

  18. good2bqueen says:

    Guess Tails magazine used up their quota of commas in the Eat, Ray, Love headline.

  19. TWIGGY says:

    I tried one of her recipes once. Maybe it would have been better if I used dog instead of ground beef. Just sayin’…

  20. FuryOfFirestorm says:

    I bet that dog tastes better than her husband does.

  21. Schlagwerk says:

    Am I the only one who thinks she looks like she’s forced to do her gigs for Food Network? She never looks very happy or excited.

  22. boke1 says:

    What’s with that random thumb?

  23. ron says:

    Hey…this ISABOO STOUP tastes like SHIT.zu

  24. Spork-no-more says:

    “One day cooking – FIVE days eating!!!” (holding up five fingers, like we can’t count, RR, you ‘stoup’id bitch) Does Isaboo taste like chicken? Pets as victims again!

    • Plumpy says:

      One day cooking – five days with the Hershey Squirts. I can’t watch her shows anymore. Just the sight of that slop sickens me. I’m still traumatized by her Rouladen.

  25. ladycrim says:

    Tails fails.

  26. Annie says:

    I’m sure she used plenty of EVOO!

  27. Orni says:

    This headline opens a whole new range of possibilities:
    - Singapore Poodles
    - Puppies and Hush Puppies
    - Pomeranian Frites
    - Labsagne
    - Collie French Toast
    - German Shepherd’s Pie
    - Maltese Milk Balls
    and, the ever popular
    - Chihuahua chimichangas

  28. Andrea says:

    don’t these ad people proofread their stuff before it’s published?

  29. pmfurdyn says:

    Is the dog the one with the collar?

  30. coffee-n-toast says:

    I don’t like Rachel Ray at all, but I’m genuinely embarassed for her. The horrible writing, the Olan Mills pose and background, the fetish-sounding title of the magazine. It’s all so horrible. She’s becoming Brooke Shields (doing advertising for anyone who will have her).

  31. Gypsy says:

    Eat, Ray, Love? I literally cringed and uttered “No!” when I saw that.

    And is that the dog that’s attacked several other dogs in New York city?

  32. Diane says:

    Look at that dog’s face. He’s totally thinking, “Get me the HELL away from this joker.”

  33. Rachel0772 says:

    Either they’ve had a need for a proofreader for a while or they now have an opening for one.

  34. Alex says:

    Lots of leftovers. Dog and human sandwiches for months I would guess…

  35. Mark H88 says:

    It’s good to know they got the punctuation right in the online article: http://www.tailsinc.com/category/issues/october-2010/

  36. Leigh Ann says:

    This is funny, but some people are taking a nasty tone. Let’s cut the poor editor a little slack. Everybody makes mistakes, and in this day and age, he or she may have been wearing tons of hats and been the only one writing and checking the work. Until you’ve walked in those shoes …

  37. abi says:

    The image on the Tails Magazine website shows the cover with the commas correctly placed, so either they went back and added it after they noticed their goof or this is shopped. (I’m not sure which option I find more likely.)

    • HHJ says:

      I agree. Nobody goofs that bad. Twice. And has it missed by the dozens of eyeballs who saw that before it went to press. I think the magazine merely had the bad fortune of overlaying that text on the blackest part of the image. The same color as the black Sharpie owned by the guy whose thumb is in the photo.

  38. Dave says:

    Kids grammar – just like the child who wrote about the death of King Charles 1 — “King Charles walked and talked ten minutes after his head was cut off”!!

  39. Dense says:

    Call me dense (ha), but, my initial reaction was not that they left out commas, but that they left out a preposition, as in, “Rachael finds inspiration in cooking *for* her family and dog”. So I thought the secondary humor was that she cooks for her dog.

    Obviously, with the correction in the online version, that wasn’t the case…

  40. Dave says:

    The dog does look delicious, though…

  41. IcanRead says:

    It’s obvious the picture has been manipulated. Check out the tails website and compare.


    • Wow. You’re such a genius. Too bad you didn’t consider the fact that they could have photoshopped commas IN on the photos in their archives to prevent them from looking stupid.

      • Bennett says:

        Jillian, I would like to laugh at this as well, but there is more evidence pointing to someone taking out the commas rather than Tails forgetting to put them in. I work in Photoshop every day and there are two obvious rectangles (when you zoom in) in the above version that point to the commas being removed.

        At least we can all laugh about the Eat, Ray, Love. That is just a bad headline all around.

        • Bennett, I know the person who took this photo and it was not photoshopped. So you’re sadly mistaken. And frankly with a photo this low quality and low-resolution, there’s no way you could zoom in that much and make an accurate representation about its authenticity.

          • Bennett says:

            OK Jillian, Maybe you are right. Looking closer it could be a jpeg artifact and not bad Photoshop work. I hope that is what it is. I need a good laugh today.

            Any way that said photographer friend could share a higher-res image so more than one person can authenticate?

          • Joel says:

            Just wondering… how does the fact that you knowing the photographer makes the image not photoshopped?

        • Dave says:

          Bennett you must be a total idiot.The so called “squares” you see are visible in all areas of the photos and not just where you think the commas were removed. It’s pixelation and they show up everywhere if you zoom in enough. YOU FAIL. If you work with photoshop all day your boss should fire you.

          • Bennett says:

            My mistake. Settle down Dave. Did I insult your mother of something?

          • Dusty Lee says:

            Huh? Why would their boss fire them if they worked photoshop all day? That may be part of their job.
            You’ve got a ridiculous amount of hostility on these comment boards, it makes you look so uptight.

          • Dave's Mom says:

            Dave, stop being such a douche. I thought I taught you better than that. You guys seriously believe some random photo before the magazine’s archived image? And I’m supposed to believe that Jullian, who defends the fact that this is real, “knows” the photographer? You back-up my statement with your previous comment about the proofing process. Enjoy replying to this, since I won’t be coming back to check. :)

          • SkinnyBenny says:

            Wow…. Dave’s mom is a dirty whore.

  42. Erin Brenner says:

    That’s great! If I were the copyeditor, I’d be hiding in shame, but that is a funny one!

  43. Marty says:

    At least she’s cooking them…not eating them raw!

  44. rich says:

    The unanswered question is can she cook her family and dog in thirty minutes? Maybe you have to buy the magazine to find out

  45. Mark says:

    You’re correct–that post is in fact completely wrong–the cover image they show WAS Photoshopped by someone. If someone visits our website and looks in our 2010 archives [...] they will clearly see that the cover being circulated was altered.

    If you do a blog post on it, please be sure to tell people to check out the real cover on our site.

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  48. mvot says:

    Tails’ website says this is indeed Photoshopped and not the actual cover, which did include a comma in the right place.

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  50. Joel says:

    Hmm… people still say “fail”?

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    Tails magazine – SHAME on you!

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  54. John says:

    That’s an amphiboly, not a pun.

    • Joel says:

      It’s definitely not a pun. But I don’t think it’s an amphiboly either. There’s nothing ambiguous about the grammar. The sentence was just missing the commas.

  55. EVOOOOOOO says:

    I think this was photoshopped. I know the photographer and she told me the caption is supposed to read, “Rachel Ray loves to rape and kill and cook and eat dogs and children and old people and also she is a Nazi war criminal.”


  56. Johnnyboy says:

    NO WAY could you cook a dog that size and several humans in 30 minutes!

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  58. Josh says:

    Did she eyeball it? Did she overlap the slices? YUM-O!

  59. Rick U. says:

    Are they kidding with the “Donate” button? FN is owned by two of the largest media conglomerates in the world!!! Why don’t I just donate to Bank of America or Microsoft? That is truly disgusting.

  60. Leigh says:

    Every time you post an update saying something having to do with editors or such finding out about your post and having a spaz attack, I can’t help but wonder what these so called professionals actually do all day with their time. Shouldn’t you be, oh, I don’t know, editing, adding commas, and whatnot? Instead you are perusing FNH and, presumably, other nonsense sites just looking for a mention of yourself in there? Good grief, Charlie Brown……

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    HOW could you get so many inane comments? What’s with the Neelys… heh heh heh.

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  64. Bridget Hallmark says:

    Punctuation saves lives!

  65. shorty2dforte says:

    omg! When I read that, my coffee almost went flying out of my mouth! For some reason it was an LOL for me. The way I read it in my head sounded hilarious. What a bunch of idiots…. well if she cooks the dog she’s holding, at least she’ll have pleanty of meat to go in the deep freeze. There’s your 40$ a day bitch…

  66. Steveo says:

    Eat the rich!!! And their dogs!!!

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  69. Ryan says:

    Frankly I am a huge Rachael Rat fan and have been for years but “EAT RAY LOVE” wow. I would be firing the editor of that magazine and quick. And to all the people hating on Isaboo she’s pretty awsome herself.

  70. Smitty says:

    It’s now the Jeffrey Dahmer show!!

  71. jay says:

    the commas there there!

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  74. Katie says:

    Ok – forgive me if someone has already pointed this out, I didn’t want to read through all 123 comments. But I think the Tails representative was pointing to a lack of commas in the subtitle. It should read “Raechal Ray finds inspiration in cooking, her family and her dog.” If whoever wrote the original post wasn’t blind and too busy trying to be funny but sounding more mental instead, they’d see that “Eat, Ray, Love.” already has commas. Dipshit.

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