word.com was the first online magazine, it was weird, interesting, real, sometimes bad-faith, but very human. its articles are a good glimpse into the people who were online and writing 30 years ago

deadword.com now hosts archived articles and pages from word.com, as it is now defunct

read at your own caution, but if you dont want to explore on your own, here are two of my favorite articles i've found

Painting by Numbers

A study on what people want from a painting the most, broken down by country.

Memoirs of a Street Salesman

A wild story