March 9th – Happy Birthday Barbie

March 9, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of unrealistically proportioned dolls. Today is Thursday, March 9, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

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 58 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 harmful 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 some updated, more realistic, versions of Barbie.
Below are a few 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 that she is not immune to the ravages of time.
  3. Melanoma Barbie: Barbie discovers that all those years of “fun in the sun” without sunscreen came with a price.

Nametag Day

Nametag Day is the fifth holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week” and is always celebrated on Thursday of the first full week in March.
Yup, you guessed it, today’s celebration of names stipulates that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you wear a “Hello, My name is [your name here] name-tag. If you are in a whimsical mood, use a name other than your own, or make up a name for yourself that reflects your current mood.
I think I’ll wear a name tag today that says “Hello, My name is Cur Mudgeon”.

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.

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?

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.

Popcorn Lovers Day

Popcorn Lovers Day is celebrated annually on the second Thursday in March. It not only celebrates popcorn but the people who love it. Popcorn is most often enjoyed at home, and, if you’re independently wealthy, at sporting events, and in movie theaters. It is usually served salted, with butter, but sweetened versions, such as caramel corn and kettle corn, are also readily available.
Popcorn is a type of corn that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. There are many techniques for popping corn. Commercial large-scale popcorn machines were invented by Charles Cretors in the late 19th century. Many types of small-scale home methods for popping corn also exist, and you can’t omit prepackaged microwave popcorn…however, my favorite way to pop corn is still in a large, deep cast-iron skillet.
Depending on how it is prepared, popcorn can be healthy…if you eliminate the bad stuff like butter, salt, and sugar. On its own, popcorn is naturally high in dietary fiber, low in calories and fat, and free of sugar and sodium. So basically, if you make popcorn inedible, you can eat all you want. I’ll keep on having mine with plenty of butter and salt, thank you…just not as often as I’d like.

National Meatball Day

National Meatball Day obviously celebrates one of the world’s favorite food items – meatballs. There is no wrong way to make meatballs – the only limits are your personal taste preference and your imagination. There is a restaurant in New York that features 54 different kinds of meatballs.
Meatballs are made by mixing various combinations of ground or minced meat with spices, breadcrumbs, eggs or other ingredients and then rolling the mixture into the shape of a ball, then cooking them. Cooking methods vary and include frying, braising, or baking.
Food historians have, thus far, been unable to pinpoint the exact origins of the meatball. Every culture today, and most ancient cultures have some type of meatball in their cuisine. In Turkey, there is a dish called kofte which is a meatball and has many different variations. In China, there is a record of a recipe that dates back to 221 BC. There is a surviving cookbook from Ancient Rome that contains a variety of recipes with balls of meat.
Meatballs are a versatile food item. They can be an appetizer, a side dish, or the main course. Whether you prefer a heaping plate of spaghetti and meatballs, a meatball sub, Swedish meatballs, or you have another favorite way you like meatballs, celebrate National Meatball Day by eating some delicious meatballs today.

National Crab Meat Day

Due to the ubiquity of crabs on every coastline, 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 course, crabs.

More Holidays

Joe Franklin Day

World Kidney Day  – Second Thursday in March.

On This Date

  • In 1788 – Connecticut became the 5th state to join the United States.
  • In 1793 – Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. The event was witnessed by President George Washington.
  • In 1796 – Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais were married. They were divorced in 1809.
  • In 1820 – 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 1931 – The electron microscope was invented. German physicist Ernst Ruska is credited with the invention of the microscope. His first instrument allowed a resolution of 50 picometers (trillionths of a meter).
  • In 1933 – 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 1961 – Ivan Ivanovich, a human dummy, traveled into space. On its test flight on board the Soviet spacecraft Korabl-Sputnik 4 (also known as Sputnik 9), the mannequin was accompanied by a dog, reptiles, mice, and guinea pigs.
  • 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 1976 – The deadliest cable car accident in history occurred in Italy. Forty-three people died when the cable car plunged 160 ft (50 meters) to the ground after the steel cable had snapped. 14-year-old Alessandra Piovesana was the only survivor.
  • In 1986 – 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 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.
  • In 1996 – Legendary comedian George Burns died. He had just celebrated his 100th birthday in January.
  • In 2011 – Space Shuttle Discovery completed its final mission. The shuttle touched down at Kennedy Space Center in Florida after its journey to the International Space Station (ISS).

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

  • Amerigo Vespucci 1454 – Explorer (Namesake of America).
  • Alexis Mikihailovich Romanov 1629 – Czar of Russia.
  • Leland Stanford 1824 – Industrialist (founder of Stanford University).
  • Phoebe Palmer Knapp 1839 – Methodist hymn writer (wrote more than 500 hymns).
  • Eddie Foy, Sr. 1854 – Vaudevillian.
  • Will Geer 1902 – Actor.
  • Mickey Spillane 1918 – Author.
  • Carl Betz 1920 – Actor.
  • Irene Papas 1929 – Actress.
  • Keely Smith 1932 – Actress, singer.
  • Lloyd Price 1933 – Country singer.
  • Yuri Gagarin 1934 – Cosmonaut.
  • Joyce Van Patten 1934 – Actress.
  • Glenda Jackson 1936 – Actress
  • Marty Ingels 1936 – Actor, comedian.
  • Mickey Gilley 1936 – Country Singer.
  • Raul Julia 1940 – Actor.
  • Mark Lindsey 1942 – Singer (Paul Revere and the Raiders).
  • Bobby Fischer 1943 – Chess player.
  • Robin Trower 1945 – Musician.
  • Trish Van Devere 1945 – Actress.
  • Jimmy Fadden 1948 – Musician (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).
  • Michael Kinsley 1951 – Journalist.
  • Linda Fiorentino 1960 – Actress.
  • Juliette Binoche 1964 – Actress.
  • Brian Bosworth 1965 – Football player
  • Emmanuel Lewis 1971 – Actor.
  • Kerr Smith 1972 – Actor.
  • Jean Louisa Kelly 1972 – Actress.
  • Brittany Snow 1986 – Actress.

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