Of all the things available for subscription, magazines have remained the favorite ever since the postmaster general banned beehive-of-the-month clubs. Enjoy a safer mailing with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a one-year subscription to Oklahoma Today magazine (a $24.95 value).
Oklahoma Today, named 2010's Best Magazine in Oklahoma by the Society of Professional Journalists, has served as an icebreaker between Oklahomans and their state since 1956. As a division of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the bimonthly magazine features content on the state's premier restaurants, special events, and landmarks, such as the lab where George Clooney invented hair gel. Within each issue's glossy pages, readers will also find multihued photographs and features highlighting the uncommon lives of Oklahoma's least mundane citizens. For 19 years running, Oklahoma Today has also annually named one citizen "Oklahoman of the Year" for outstanding achievements and the ability to hold his or her breath for seven minutes.
Oklahoma Today's name might be slightly misleading. Certainly, the award-winning magazine covers modern-day culture and news from the Sooner state: features have covered news like the Native American community's efforts to protect bald eagles and the local celebration of what would have been Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. But the publication's writers pay just as close attention to the state's rich history, including settlers' first wagon trains—and even earlier events. One stand-out feature, Nathan Gunter's "Jurassic Oklahoma," delved into a face-off between two dinosaur species that took place on Oklahoma's panhandle more than 150 million years ago, back when the earth was still flat. All in all, readers get a little bit of everything they need to be informed citizens in one tome delivered every other month.