Most Popular Saturday Evening Post Articles of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, we share our most popular articles that were published this year.

1. 7 Reasons to Hang on to Your Landline Phone

Telephone cord

Thinking of ditching your landline? Make sure you understand the pros and cons first.

2. 10 Most Bizarre Inauguration Facts

Andrew Jackson's inauguration
Andrew Jackson’s inauguration on March 4, 1829

Do you know which president’s podium caught on fire, who gave the longest inaugural address, or who first wore long pants to his inauguration? Find out with these inauguration facts!

3. Coping with Estranged Adult Children

Mother and Duaghters in the woods

At what point do our adult children cease to be the adoring babies we once knew? One writer shares her very personal story. ‘

4. 8 Most Embarrassing Presidential Family Members

Nixon sign
Wikimedia Commons

Which president had the most embarrassing relative? From drunkards to doofuses, here is our list of the 8 worst offenders.

5. The Average American Today and on the Eve of World War I

Library of Congress

What it means to be an “average American” today is in many ways so different from what it meant a century ago, when the United States entered World War I.’

6. 8 Most Embarrassing Presidential Gaffes

Dick Nixon
National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia Commons

Gaffes, for any president, seem to be inevitable. Below is a list of the eight most regrettable moments from the highest office.’

7. The Nude Look Takes Over: 50 Years Ago

Woman in bathing suit

Fifty years ago, the Post featured bathing suits with low backs and cut-outs that were considered slightly scandalous. Even some modern readers decided this 50-year-old article was too much for them!’

8. The Art of the Post: The Rockwell Cover that Led to a Marriage


David Apatoff shares the story of the time Norman Rockwell inadvertently played matchmaker for a neighbor’s daughter.’

9. 11 Facts about Presidents and Approval Ratings


Which president was the most popular? Whose approvals fell most dramatically? Our 11 facts about presidential approvals show you the most loved and loathed.’

10. You’re Probably Alive Because of a Moldy Cantaloupe from Peoria

An ad in a city street for penicillin

Scientists struggled to mass-produce penicillin until two doctors found the perfect moldy cantaloupe at a market in Illinois.’