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2015: We Had To Start It Somewhere

The year was 2015. It was the year that Tedium got off the ground, an idea whose time had come. The newsletter, generally a list of links, needed a variant full of massive chunks of text, passages about long, boring topics. Or where they actually all that boring? Some highlights of the year include a retrospective on Mirsky's Worst of the Web, a treatise on ranch dressing, and a lot of complaining about rakes. And of course, that only scratches the surface. Read below to see how we got started.

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Brazil's Strangest Gaming Phenomenon

**Why is the Sega Master System so successful in Brazil?** More than three decades old, the SMS remained a popular part of the Brazillian gaming scene decades after the platform faded from view in other parts of the world, including Japan, Europe, and the United States. [Our piece about the odd cultural quirk](/2015/07/16/sega-master-system-brazil/) was one of the first pieces that Tedium syndicated with another outlet, in this case Atlas Obscura.


Movember? Try Mojune

**Bad album covers are the lowest level of digital currency one can find.** Finding a photo and making fun of it? That's table stakes in the internet era. But digging into the stories behind all those photos is a little bit harder, and probably tells a more interesting story than the pictures themselves. [Hence why I spent a little time digging](/2015/06/02/worst-album-covers-analyzed/) into the history behind these memetic covers. I love Ken's 'stache.






Started At The Bottom …

**Where it all began.** When I first formulated Tedium at the end of 2014, the working idea was a site called "Snoreworthy," in which I would find the longest possible blocks of boring prose and send them late at night as a sleep aid for people who needed it. The idea didn't turn out the way that I expected, but this line of thought *did* lead me to the name Tedium. These early pieces were a bit more round-uppy and shorter. [A notable highlight is LOUD NOISES](/2015/01/22/loudest-noises-ever-nuclear-attack/), which features a long section about numbers stations.