44% of adults have held on to their childhood teddies and dolls, and as many as 34% of adults still sleep with a soft toy every night theguardian.com/global/20…
In 1963 Barbie introduced a teenaged β€œbabysitter” Barbie which was sold with a doll-sized book titled "How To Lose Weight," and read β€œDon’t Eat.” Babysitter Barbie also came with a pink scale, with the weight permanently reading 110, 35 pounds less than a woman her height should weigh groovyhistory.com/barbie-…
In 1993 American Girl released their first black doll, Addy Walker, who escaped slavery with her mother during the Civil War. slate.com/culture/2016/09…
Gene Siskel gave zero stars to Roger Ebert's only screenwriting credit "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." Siskel's review indirectly referred to Ebert as a "screenwriting neophyte." newspapers.com/clip/43386…
Today I learned of Anatoly Moskvin who mummified the bodies of 26 girls and dressed them as dolls over the course of 10 years. He placed them throughout his apartment and treated them like his children, by celebrating their birthdays and singing. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
The oldest known toys in the world are a number of dolls found in a 4,500 years-old child's grave in Siberia siberiantimes.com/science…
Today I learned of Marian 'Joe' Carstairs b 1900 London. She dressed as a man, had tattoos, drove ambulances in WWI France, had affairs with Garbo & Dietrich, inherited a Standard Oil fortune, became a successful powerboat racer, employed 100s of Bahamians, died at 93 and was buried with doll Lord Tod Wadley en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
Fox Business host and former MTV VJ, Kennedy was the subject of the Goo Goo Dolls' hit "Name". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
During the filming of Poltergeist (1982), the clown doll nearly really killed Robbie Freeling due to an animatronic error when the clown's arm constricted too tightly around his neck. When the actor started protesting he couldn't breath, Spielberg thought he was improve acting. screenrant.com/poltergeis…
The founder of Barbie named the dolls after her kids, Barbara and Kenneth. Therefore, the real Barbie and Ken are actually brother and sister. barbie.mattel.com/en-us/a…
Anatoly Moskvin, a Russian philologist, historian and linguist, thought to be collecting antique dolls was arrested in 2011 after the mummified bodies of 26 girls between the ages of 3 and 15 were discovered in his apartment. His parents saw the mummies, but mistook them for large dolls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
In real life, the allegedly haunted doll Annabelle (as made famous by The Conjuring films) is actually an ordinary Raggedy Ann doll. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Brie Larson was born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers. Her stage name Larson was inspired by the name of her favorite American Girl doll, Kirsten Larson. today.com/popculture/brie…
There was a long running hoax during World War II that Adolf Hitler was the inventor of the sex dolls. It was deemed as the "Borghild Project" and was "aimed at combating the spread of syphilis among Nazi troops by supplying the men with sex dolls." the-sun.com/news/1156474/…
The Satin Dolls, the strip club that was used as the Bada Bing strip club on "The Sopranos", was shut down in 2014 due to its owner's connections to the Mafia northjersey.com/story/new…
Trey Parker and Matt Stone added Marc Jacobs as one of Cartman's stuffed animals in South Park after learning Jacobs had Cartman's Clyde Frog and Rumpertumskin dolls as tattoos. Jacobs honoured the reference by getting a Marc Jacobs doll tattoo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%2…
The term "does not compute" originated as a catch phrase on the 1964 science fiction sitcom "My Living Doll" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
The Amish make rag dolls that don’t have faces because of the β€œno idols” commandment and that all people are equal in the eyes of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ami…
One of George Harrison's last letters was written to Mike Myers, because George was a huge fan of Austin Powers. George used a Mini Me doll during some of his last meetings with the Beatles when he couldn't speak. youtu.be/v9Du7ikTpHE
A blond-haired doll in Nazi SS uniform is on display at RavensbrΓΌck, a concentration camp staffed by female guards dw.com/en/ravensbr%C3%BCc…
Today I learned of Tilly BΓ©bΓ©, a circus performer famous for her taming of large predators. She was small and dressed like a doll while performing with hyenas, lions and even groups of 40 polar bears. Silent footage of her life with the animals helped pioneer a new "exotic-erotic-escapist" genre of film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
Thomas Edison tried to create the first-ever talking dolls. In 1890, thanks to the development of the wax cylinder, he was able to produce a line of baby dolls. With wooden bodies, porcelain heads, and miniature phonographs in their chests, the dolls were unlike any toy to exist at the time. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
In In June 1836, a group of boys in Arthur’s Seat, Scotland found 17 miniature coffins with tiny dolls inside in a cave. Their origin is still debated but theories include witchcraft, burial superstitions and them being a tribute to the 17 victims of the notorious "body snatcher" serial killers. nms.ac.uk/explore-our-col…
Nagoro village in Japan has only 27 human residents but is also populated by over 200 life-sized dolls. 69 year old Tsukimi Ayano makes these dolls to fight loneliness, leaving them in scenarios of daily life e.g. child dolls in the local school since no one under 55 is left in the village. straitstimes.com/asia/eas…
The real Annabelle Doll is a Raggedy Ann doll. historyvshollywood.com/re…
Composer John Williams has been nominated for 51 Academy Awards (winning 5) second only to Walt Disney who has 59. Williams has been nominated in six different decades, receiving his first for Valley of the Dolls in 1968 and his last for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2018. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The Beatles LP "Yesterday and Today" originally featured a cover depicting the band laughing while covered in mutilated and decapitated baby dolls. The cover was intended as a Vietnam protest, with Lennon saying "If the public can accept something as cruel as the war, they can accept this cover" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Once Mr. Rogers opened the door of his closet on set to hang up his jacket, only to find a blow-up sex doll. Michael Keaton β€” then a young stagehand β€” had put it in there. jsonline.com/story/entert…
Candice Bergen was in constant competition as a child with her father's ventriloquist doll to the opint where the doll had a bigger bedroom and in her father's will the doll got $10,000.... Candice Bergen got nothing womansday.com/life/real-w…
During WW2 a dollshop owner was convicted of espionage against the US when letters she sent abroad describing various dolls were intercepted and that the "dolls" in question were actually code names for various US warships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka was so obsessed with his former lover Alma Mahler, widow of composer Gustav, that in 1918 he commissioned a life-sized fetish doll that he wished to 'embrace'. He was dissatisfied with the doll but did several paintings of it. Eventually, he beheaded it. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entr…
β€˜The Sims’ game designer Will Wright was inspired to create a "virtual doll house" after losing his home during the Oakland firestorm of 1991 and subsequently rebuilding his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ancient Chinese physicians kept a small ivory "medicine doll" in their desks to help them treat female patients, who were forbidden from showing too much skin to a male other than their husband. Women seeking medical attention would point to the areas on the doll where they had discomfort. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Disney cut a post-credits 'casting couch' reference scene (between the Prospector and two Barbie dolls) from Toy Story 2 when they re-released the DVD in 2019 alongside the theatrical release of Toy Story 4. variety.com/2019/film/new…
To celebrate the end of winter children in Poland create a straw doll that represents Marzanna, goddess of death, winter, and nightmares; which they then set on fire and drown in a river to cleanse themselves of the harsh winter they've endured alansfactoryoutlet.com/ho…
Up until the 1870s, parents would put their children in 'standing machines' to dissuade them from crawling, as crawling was associated with "animals and the insane." The shift towards allowing babies to crawl as a part of development was marked by the 'Creeping Baby Doll' chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/primary-…
In 2011, it was discovered by police that the 26 life-sized "dolls" that Russian academic Anatoly Moskvin kept in his apartment each contained a child's corpse. He had dug them up, planning to resurrect them through magic, and built the dolls to give them a body for their resurrection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
The Barbie doll is based off of a high-end prostitute. time.com/3731483/barbie-h…
Today I learned of the existence of HOV-lanes in the USA, reserved exclusively for cars with multiple occupants. Some drivers try to trick the system by placing blow-up dolls in the passenger seat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
In a first-of-its-kind case, a Newfoundland man who ordered a child-sized sex doll from Japan to replace his deceased infant son was charged with possessing child pornography, mailing obscene matter, and two charges under the federal Customs Act of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/n…
Marvel successfully argued in court that Mutants are not people and thus got to pay the lower rate on X-Men "toys" instead of the higher rate for dolls because they are not human. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…
There is a town in Japan known as the "the valley of dolls" with only 27 residents, but with 270 dolls to make it look more lively. The town of Nagoro in Tokushima Prefecture no longer has children; the youngest resident is 55. japantimes.co.jp/life/201…
Brie Larson legal last name is β€œDesaulniers” and she chose the stage name of Larson from her Swedish great-grandmother and the American Girl doll Kirsten Larson that she has as a child. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
In the 1983 Cabbage Patch riots, over-demand for dolls led to a series of violent customer fights at several retail stores in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
Michael Keaton pranked Mister Rogers by putting a sex doll in his set closet. Rogers responded humorously to the prank by waltzing the doll around the set. jsonline.com/story/entert…
Mattel actually made Barbie's friend Skipper Doll that grew an inch and whose breasts doubled in size when you moved her arm to simulate puberty. messynessychic.com/2012/1…
A television critic, Richard Ingrams, wrote a caustic condemning review about 'Fawlty Towers'. John Cleese took revenge by naming one of the guests in the second series "Mr. Ingrams", who is caught in his room with a blow-up sex doll. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faw…
Today I learned of Anatoly Moskvin. He is a Russian historian who repeatedly dug up fresh graves of young girls to make into dolls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana…
Ruth Handler, the creator of fashion dolls Barbie and her boyfriend Ken, named them after her children Barbara and Kenneth. wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie
The death mask of a young woman that drowned in the Seine in the 1880’s was the inspiration for the CPR doll laerdal.com/us/docid/1117…

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