My husband and I share a love for American historical and cultural topics, which is why we always enjoy reading issues of "Smithsonian" magazine, whenever we can get our hands on a copy. When we buy a copy it costs around a steep $4.99 for the privilege. The only reason we do not currently subscribe to it is because we limit our household to just a few magazine subscriptions, which means probably the only positive thing about having to go to a doctor's appointment is that there are several issues of "Smithsonian" lying around. You really do have to like reading, because the majority of the articles in this magazine are meticulous and detailed. Since it does take a good while to get through each individual story, that is most likely why so many doctors have copies of "Smithsonian" in their waiting rooms, to help take your mind off the fact that you've been waiting for over an hour to see him or her. I like learning new things about historical events, famous figures and well-known artifacts. These are the things you didn't learn about in your high school history class. It really makes me want to go visit the actual Smithsonian Institute, but, since I can't do that right now, reading this publication is the next best thing.