Life Day 25077: Happy Birthday Barbie

March 9, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of unrealistically proportioned dolls. Today is March 9th. The first holiday today is Barbie Day. On this date in 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City, to mixed reviews. It’s hard to believe that Barbie is 57 years old today.
March 9th is listed as Barbie’s official birthday in her “official” biography. At eleven inches tall (1/6 scale), with a waterfall of hair, Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features; however unrealistic. The original Barbie came with a black and white zebra-striped one piece bathing suit, and she was available as either a blonde or brunette. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.
The woman behind Barbie was Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel, Inc. with her husband in 1945. After seeing her young daughter ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with paper dolls of adult women, Handler realized there was an important niche in the market for a toy that allowed little girls to imagine the future.
Barbie’s appearance was modeled on a doll named Lilli, based on a German comic strip character. Originally marketed as a racy gag gift to adult men in tobacco shops, the Lilli doll later became extremely popular with children. Mattel bought the rights to Lilli and made its own version, which Handler named after her daughter, Barbara.
Some people think that Barbie’s never-ending supply of designer outfits, cars and “Dream Houses” encouraged children to be materialistic. However, it was Barbie’s appearance that caused the most controversy. Her tiny waist and enormous breasts (it was estimated that if she were a real woman, she would be 5 feet 6 inches tall and her measurements would be 36-18-38) led many to claim that Barbie provided young, impressionable girls with an unrealistic and harmful example of what young girls were “supposed” to look like, which had a detrimental effect on their psyches and fostered feelings of negative body image.
Barbie has had many incarnations over the years: Airline stewardess, doctor, pilot and astronaut, Olympic athlete, and even U.S. presidential candidate to name a few. I think it’s high time for Mattel to market updated, more realistic, versions of Barbie.
Here are some suggestions:

  1. Bitter Divorcee Barbie: Barbie discovers that Ken had been having an affair with her younger sister, Skipper, for decades.
  2. Post-menopausal Barbie: Barbie discovers the ravages of time.
  3. Melanoma Barbie: Barbie discovers that all those years of “fun in the sun” without sunscreen came with a price.

The second holiday today is Discover What Your Name Means Day. Discover What Your Name Means Day is the fourth holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week”. There are many sources, online and otherwise, about names and naming. To discover the (traditional/conventional) meaning of your name, consider any of the available sources on the subject. This link will help you discover the meaning of your surname, and this link will help you discover the meaning of your given name. If you can’t find the meaning of your name using either of these links, refer to yesterday’s holiday, “Unique Names Day”. Perhaps you could give your name its own meaning that reflects who you are. Make your definition uniquely yours; decide for yourself what your own name means.

The next holiday today is Get Over It Day. Coincidently (or perhaps not) the date on which Get Over It Day is celebrated is the exact midpoint between Valentine’s Day and April Fool’s Day. No one is happy all of the time. Whether rich or poor, popular or unpopular, we all have issues; things which cause undue stress in our lives.  Ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends, ex-husbands or ex-wives, stressful school- or work-related issues, fears, insecurities, embarrassing moments, bad relationships with neighbors, et al can all take their toll on our happiness. Get Over It Day is the time to finally let go of all of those stress-inducing problems, and start being happy again. Remember, no matter how bad you think things are going in your life, there is always someone, somewhere, whose life ‘sucks’ worse than yours, so “get over it” and move on with your life.

The fourth holiday today is False Teeth Day. False Teeth Day celebrates people with false teeth. Not long ago, false teeth were the quite commonplace…both of my parents had false teeth. Dentures were the norm. False Teeth Day, I think, highlights the many advances made in the field of dentistry. Modern dentists try to save as many of their patients’ original teeth as possible and opt for false teeth only as a last resort. False Teeth Day should serve as a reminder to take care of your teeth and develop a good oral hygiene regimen. Wouldn’t you prefer to look at your smile in the mirror every morning, rather than in a jar on your nightstand when you wake up?

The next holiday today is Registered Dietitian Day. Registered Dietitian Day was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2008 to increase the awareness of registered dietitians  as valuable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize registered dietitians and nutritionists for their contributions to helping people enjoy healthy lives. In short, they help people gain a greater understanding of what they should eat and why. Dietitians often play a role in managing weight through healthy eating, but they can also advise on suitable nutritional intakes for a variety of ailments and disorders. Increasingly, part of their role involves running educational programs about the causes and effects of obesity in an attempt to prevent problems later in life. If you haven’t visited your dietitian recently, this holiday serves as a reminder to schedule an appointment soon.

The last holiday today is Panic Day. Don’t panic, it’s not what you think. Looming deadlines, a failed alarm clock, and traffic jams are just a few of the things that we have to deal with on a daily basis, and are enough to make us want to scream. But, often we can’t. Panic Day is a holiday that makes it acceptable to relieve your frustrations verbally. Let out a primal scream, then go about your day as usual. Relax and try to remain calm, even if the world seems to be falling apart around you.

The food-related holiday today is National Crab Meat Day. Due to the ubiquity of crabs on every coast line, it is likely that feasting on crab meat dates back to pre-historic times. Crabs thrive in every ocean in the world, and therefore are readily available everywhere. That is probably why crabs are enormously popular in most cuisines around the world.  In the United states, crabs run a close second to shrimp as the most popular shellfish. I am not a big fan of seafood in general, but I do enjoy the occasional crustacean, and crabs are no exception. Just make sure there is plenty of drawn butter available. Treat yourself to some crab tonight…either at your favorite local seafood restaurant, or in the comfort of your own home. Crab is relatively easy to prepare, so don’t be intimidated. All you need is a big pot, some boiling water…and of coarse, crabs.

On this date in 1793 – Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. The event was witnessed by U.S. President George Washington.

Other historical events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1454 – Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy. Matthias Ringmann, a German mapmaker, named the American continent in his honor.
  • In 1788 – Connecticut became the 5th state to join the United States.
  • In 1796 – Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais were married. They were divorced in 1809.
  • In 1820 – The U.S. Congress passed the Land Act that paved the way for the westward expansion of North America.
  • In 1822 – Charles M. Graham received the first patent for artificial teeth.
  • In 1832 – Abraham Lincoln announced that he would run for a political office for the first time. He was unsuccessful in his run for a seat in the Illinois state legislature.
  • In 1862 – The first battle between armored ships, the Monitor, and the Merrimac, took place in the Battle of Hampton Roads.
  • In 1863 – General Ulysses Grant was appointed the commander-in-chief of the Union forces.
  • In 1916 – Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, New Mexico. 17 people were killed by the 1,500 horsemen.
  • In 1933 – The U.S. Congress began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
  • In 1949 – The first all-electric dining car was placed in service on the Illinois Central Railroad.
  • In 1954 – WNBT-TV (now WNBC-TV), in New York, broadcast the first local color television commercials. The ad was Castro Decorators of New York City.
  • In 1964 – The first Ford Mustang rolled off of the Ford assembly line.
  • In 1967 – Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin’s daughter, defected to the United States.
  • In 1969 – “The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour” was canceled by CBS-TV.
  • In 1975 – Work began on the Alaskan oil pipeline.
  • In 1986 – U.S. Navy divers found the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.
  • In 1987 – Chrysler Corporation offered to buy American Motors Corporation.
  • In 1989 – The U.S. Senate rejected John Tower as a choice for a cabinet member. It was the first rejection in 30 years.
  • In 1989 – President George H.W. Bush proposed a mandatory death penalty in drug-related killings.
  • In 1993 – Rodney King testified at the federal trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of violating his civil rights.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notables:

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