Thursday, September 6, 2012

Is today Barbie Doll Day?

Pop Star Barbie image obtained
from Mattel website
A site called Those Were the Days claims that the first Barbie doll was sold on this day in 1959. Several of the Usual Suspects proclaim today Barbie Doll Day in honor thereof.

Except that Barbie appears to have made her actual debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959 (so says Wikipedia; so too says

Of course, Barbie could have been first announced at the toy fair and not made available in stores until September 6.

Usually, we here at The Blog of Days tend to shy away from these sorts of controversies. (OK, we admit it: We're cowards.)

But we wade into the confusion over Barbie Doll Day because the alternatives are pretty slim. says today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day -- and that's alright; we like coffee ice cream. But American Greetings suggests that today is Back Hair Appreciation Day.

We feel we must draw a line somewhere. If you must celebrate Back Hair Appreciation Day, please do so in private.

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