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Solved! The mysterious case of page 36 of the November 2014 Lufthansa magazine

WARNING – unsuitable for those of a nervous disposition

In an earlier post I drew attention to the peculiar censorship of page 36 of Lufthansa’s November in-flight magazine.  After literally minutes of detailed research I am now able to reveal – exclusively – the origin of the fuss.

Most of the copies I encountered after boarding a flight had the corner of the page cut off and removed, but on a couple of occasions paper had been stuck over the offending image.  Say what you will about the Germans, but they sure know how to source sticky glue.  Nonetheless, twenty minutes with a sharp knife and patience enabled me to reveal the picture that caused all the fuss.

Come hither cakes, apparently
Come hither cakes, apparently

Despite my best efforts I was still unable to overcome Lufthansa’s special glue fully, but I think there is enough detail there to see the origin of the issue.

What is most disappointing is that someone somewhere decided that this picture was so shocking and offensive that it merited such drastic action.  Sense of humour failure, sadly.

The mysterious case of page 36 of Lufthansa Magazin November 2014

The November 2014 edition of Lufthansa Magazin
The November 2014 edition of Lufthansa Magazin

If you fly with Lufthansa during November take a look at pages 35 and 36 of the in-flight magazine.  As you browse through there’s an interesting article on Jeju island, where South Korean lovers go for romance and fun.  Curiously, though, the top left hand corner of page 36 is likely to have been removed, not by an interested passenger but by Lufthansa themselves.  Look at the online pdf or App version and you’ll see that an image has been edited out:

Lufthansa Magazin November 2014 page 36;  see that missing image?
Lufthansa Magazin November 2014 page 36; see that missing image?

Now why should Lufthansa go to such trouble?  The answer lies in the caption that has been left: ‘Come hither cakes at Love Land’.  On one flight my copy of the magazine had the picture not removed but covered with a very sticky (and difficult to remove) piece of paper.  I gingerly peeled back the censor’s attempt to protect my enquiring mind.  I now know that a ‘come hither cake’ (of which I had not previously heard) is.

The offending image is of a number of items (cakes, presumably) in the very lifelike shape of exceptionally healthy gentlemen’s wedding tackle!