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Started 5/11/18 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 3550642 views.

Inspiration for Barbie was a doll version based on a German comic strip (The precursor to the Barbie doll was not meant for children. Born in Germany in 1952, the inspiration for America’s most famous doll was a saucy high-end call girl named Lilli. First created as a comic-strip character in the Hamburg newspaper Bild-Zeitung, the Bild Lilli doll became so popular that she was immortalized in plastic — and sold as an adult novelty, according to Robin Gerber, the author of Barbie and Ruth. “Lilli dolls could be bought in tobacco shops, bars and adult-themed toy stores,” Gerber writes. “Men got Lilli dolls as gag gifts at bachelor parties, put them on their car dashboard, dangled them from the rearview mirror, or gave them to girlfriends as a suggestive keepsake.” The proto-Barbie was just shy of a foot tall, with bulging breasts and a platinum-blonde ponytail, made up for a night on the town with red puckered lips and blue eye shadow. Although Barbie’s curvy proportions are modeled after Lilli’s, the German doll’s heavy makeup and suggestively arched eyebrows didn’t carry over to the American version. The dolls also have tellingly different feet, according to M.G. Lord, the author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. “Unlike Barbie, Lilli doesn’t have an arched foot with itty-bitty toes. She doesn’t even have a foot,” Lord writes. “The end of her leg is cast in the shape of a stiletto-heeled pump and painted a glossy black.” In the comics, Lilli was witty, irreverent and sexually uninhibited. One strip, summarized by Lord, shows Lilli covering her naked body with a newspaper and explaining to a friend, “We had a fight and he took back all the presents he gave me.” Another shows Lilli in a bikini; when a policeman tells her that two-piece swimsuits are illegal, she says, “Oh, and in your opinion, which part should I take off?” Nonetheless, Lilli dolls were soon coveted by children as well as adults. They caught the eye of 15-year-old Barbara Handler on a 1956 vacation in Switzerland with her mother, Ruth — a co-founder of the Mattel toy company. Ruth Handler brought three of the dolls home with her to California, per TIME. Three years later — on this day, March 9, in 1959 — she introduced her own adaptation at the American International Toy Fair in New York. The new doll was named Barbie, after Handler’s daughter. By the time Barbie turned 50, in 2009, Mattel had sold more than 1 billion copies of the doll, partly by “cultivating its wholesome image,” according to TIME. But Handler acknowledged that Barbie was undeniably sexier than most American dolls of her day. She didn’t see anything wrong with that, according to her 2002 obituary in the New York Times. “Every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future,” she said in a 1977 interview, as quoted in the obituary. “If she was going to do role playing of what she would be like when she was 16 or 17, it was a little stupid to play with a doll that had a flat chest. So I gave it beautiful breasts.”

The original Bild Lilli can be yours for $850.00................

Off to work.........................

LvlSlgr

From: LvlSlgr

Jun-6

Juicy Fruit Gum was the first item to be scanned using a UPC code on June 26, 1974. The night before, a team of Marsh Supermarket staff had moved in to put bar codes on hundreds of items in the store while National Cash Register installed their scanners and computers. The first "shopper" was Clyde Dawson, who was head of research and development for Marsh Supermarket; the pioneer cashier who "served" him, Sharon Buchanan. Legend has it that Dawson dipped into his shopping basket and pulled out a multi-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Dawson explained later that this was not a lucky dip: he chose it because nobody had been sure that a bar code could be printed on something as small as a pack of chewing gum, and Wrigley had found a solution to the problem. Their ample reward was a place in American history.

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PTG (anotherPTG)

From: PTG (anotherPTG)

Jun-6

The laughing kookaburra is known as the “bushman's alarm clock” because it has a very loud call, usually performed by a family group at dawn and dusk, that sounds like a variety of trills, chortles, belly laughs, and hoots. The call starts and ends with a low chuckle and has a shrieking “laugh” in the middle.

LvlSlgr

From: LvlSlgr

Jun-6

Louisville’s famous Seelbach Hotel served as the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel "The Great Gatsby." Several other elements of the city are included in this bestseller as well.  The Seelbach was the manifestation of the American Dream for immigrant brothers Louis and Otto Seelbach, two native Bavarians who traveled to the city to learn the hotel business in the mid-19th century. By 1903, after several decades of running restaurants and clubs, the brothers began construction of a new hotel at the corner of 4th and Walnut Street. In May of 1905, the “Seelbach Hotel” celebrated its grand opening, drawing 25,000 visitors to their five-hour public inspection.

  • Edited June 6, 2021 11:02 pm  by  LvlSlgr

The Mystery flavor of Dum Dums is a mixture of two flavors that come together when the end of one batch meets the beginning of the next batch (According to Mental Floss, Mystery Flavor is created when the same candy equipment is used to make two different flavors. Rather than shut down production and clean out the machine between batches, the company keeps the lollipops that combine a little of Flavor A and a little of Flavor B, wrapping them up and marketing them as Mystery Flavor)

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Now I know why I can never guess the flavor..................I wonder if this is also the same technique they use for the Airheads Mystery Flavor (just went and looked and basically it's the same idea)

Calling it a night............................

PTG (anotherPTG)

From: PTG (anotherPTG)

Jun-7

Nightingale fun facts:

  1. Male nightingales that sing throughout the night are thought to be single birds, trying to serenade migrating females down as they fly over. They have an astonishingly rich repertoire, able to produce over 1000 different sounds, compared with just 340 by skylarks and about 100 by blackbirds. This is because the part of the brain responsible for creating sound is bigger in nightingales than in most other birds.
  2. The nightingale and its song is often quoted in literature and poetry as a metaphor for love, beauty and for poetry itself. However these frequently refer to the singing nightingale as a female when it is actually the male that sings.
  3. You might expect a nightingale – a bird of thickets and woodland – to nest in trees, but it builds its nest on or just above ground level.
  4. In 2009, for the first time, some British nightingales were fitted with tiny geolocators. One was re-caught in the UK in 2010, revealing its 4828km outwards journey to wintering grounds in Guinea, West Africa.
  5. Nightingales are estimated to have declined by 90 per cent in the last 50 years, thought to be due to a mix of factors, including climate change but also increased numbers of deer nibbling away all the dense woodland understorey, which the nightingales need to feed and nest in
  6. The first ever live radio broadcast of birdsong was of a nightingale in ‘concert’ with the cellist, Beatrice Harrison, on 19 May 1924 in Oxted, Surrey. It and repeat performances, on the same date in subsequent years, were so successful that Beatrice received 50,000 fan letters.

Common nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) singing in spring woodland

Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) singing in a thorny thicket in April

Ottavia is the name of the world's largest pizza (The largest pizza has a total surface area of 1,261.65 m² (13,580.28 ft²) and was prepared by Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte (all Italy) from NIPfood at Fiera Roma, in Rome, Italy, on 13 December 2012. The pizza was named "Ottavia", a word of Roman origin for "eighth son", as a homage to the first Roman emperor Octavian Augustus)

PTG (anotherPTG)

From: PTG (anotherPTG)

Jun-7

Pig bladders were used in the 19th century to store an artist’s paint. The bladder would be sealed with a string and then pricked to get the paint out. This option wasn’t the best because it would often break open. American painter John G. Rand was the innovator who made paint tubes from tin and screw cap in the 19th century.

LvlSlgr

From: LvlSlgr

Jun-7

Only a quarter of the Sahara Desert is sandy. Most of it is covered in gravel, though it also contains mountains and oases.

  • Edited June 7, 2021 1:26 pm  by  LvlSlgr

Rap battles have been around since the 5th century 

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