Surprising Facts you didn’t know about Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner

1.     In 2011, Hefner earned a Guinness World Record for his obsessive scrapbooking. He had the largest collection in the world with nearly 3,000 scrapbooks. 

2.     Hefner earned his degree in a mere two-and-a-half years, instead of the usual four years that it takes in the US. The Playboy founder majored in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

3.     He took a loan of $1,000 to start Playboy magazine from his mother, Grace.

4.     Playboy was launched in November 1953, but the first issue didn't print a publication date on the cover because Hefner wasn't certain sales would support a second edition.


5.     The famous 'Playboy Mansion' was originally in Chicago, not in Los Angeles. The Chicago house featured an underwater bar, which was accessible only by a fireman's pole.

6.     The Playboy founder holds the record as the longest-serving editor-in-chief in magazine history. He approved each and every issue's layout even as late as until April.

7.     Hefner started a special discou
nted subscription rate for Playboy for priests and church officials. The reason? He wanted to encourage debate with those who criticized his magazine for its nude photos.

8.     In 1960, when racial segregation denied black Americans equal rights, Hefner started the first Playboy Club in Chicago and offered admission to people of all races.

9.     In the 1970s, the city decided that the sign was in disrepair and needed a complete rebuilding, which would cost about $250,000. Hefner stepped up and organized a gala fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion, where the old sign letters were auctioned off to raise money. And in 2010, he stepped up again when a Chicago-based investment group said the property would be sold unless it could raise $12.5 million. Hefner donated $900,000 of his own money to effectively halt the sale.

10.   The Playboy bunny is a huge part of the brand that allowed the empire to expand into clubs, casinos and more around the world. But Hefner also has a real life animal breed named after him. Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, also known as the Lower Keys rabbit, bears his name to recognize his financial support. The rabbit was named in 1980 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hefner's infamous Playboy Mansion also had a zoo license, which allowed it to house many exotic animals.


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