Grammys: Big bucks. All Whammys

Dominic Patten, writing for DEADLINE, reveals early numbers for GRAMMY ratings. They aren't pretty..

He writes,

With a 12.7/21 in metered market ratings, the Recording Academy’s big hootenanny was also way down from the early numbers for the LA-based February 13, 2017 59th annual show. By way down, I mean a just over 20% decline from last year to what looks to be an all-time low for the ceremony.

Facing the midseason debut of The Walking Dead and even a bit more competition on the rest of the Big 4 than last night’s show, last year’s Adele dominated Grammys eventually claimed 26.05 million viewers and a 7.8 rating among adults 18-49 when the final numbers came in.


Nick Castle will return to the role of Michael Myers, while stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney has also been cast to play Myers..


First review of SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK documentary is out.. BIRTH DEATH MOVIES doesn't give much praise.. "there is untapped potential in exploring the actual behind-the-scenes of both the books’ creators and the stories’ historical roots. It leaves this doc feeling fairly unremarkable, when it could have been something more."..

A Texas woman who called 911 on Saturday saying she was being stalked was shot and killed by a San Antonio police officer during a brief struggle in a home, authorities said. The unidentified woman, said to be in her 40s, also called police saying her computer was being interfered with, FOX29 San Antonio reported. Police conducted a welfare check about 3 p.m. and found the woman locked in her bedroom.MORE HERE..


Photos of raw pork being carted into store spark investigation

Mort Walker of BEETLE BAILEY fame dead at 94..

Words of caution on the flu from Seph Lawless

There is no escape.. the flu is rampant in 50 states and officials have declared it the worst in a decade--perhaps longer--and the season is not peaking yet. More to come.
More misery.
And tragically more deaths to result as well.
One of everyone's favorite photographers just had a near tragic battle:

Recently I had the flu. I ended up in the ER testing positive for the deadly H3N2. They tested my blood gas in artery said the virus was cuttin off oxygen to my organs and that’s why I felt like I was dying, made me stay for 24hr observation. I got the flu shot this year

I was informed by doctors that I could of easily died within minutes if the virus eventually cut more oxygen off to my organs. They also said the CDC predicted the wrong strain this year and that the flu shot is only 10% effective this flu season

It should be duly noted that I exhibited no flu-like symptoms and when asked how I felt I kept saying I felt like I was dying, like my body was shutting down, turns out it was so always trust your gut and go to ER especially during this deadly flu epidemic this year! your gut.

Dear David back for more

If you have some spare time and interest, check out a Twitter account run by Adam Ellis @moby_dickhead .. Humorous name.

Over the past several months, Ellis went from just a few followers to now almost 970,000 people writing a steady stream of updates about ‘Dear David.’

If you go back through the annals of @moby_dickhead, you’ll find a rather unassuming beginning where strange things were happening in his Manhattan apartment. From there, things get worse.. and worser. And worsest. To the point where he believes his humble abode is haunted with the spirit of David, a young child who seems to have a gigantic cranium indicating injury or sickness. The spirit, plagued with anger, is now causing consternation for Ellis.

The best part is how the ongoing story seems so brilliantly true!

Ellis gained notoriety when a few British rags picked up on the story — the story of Dear David traveled around the world in 60 seconds. From there, Ellis continued posting some mundane things on Instagram, and interacting with users on Twitter never indicating that he is giving us a great ongoing running horror story.

Where will it go!?
How will it end!?
Brilliant way to write a novel. A novel approach to selling a story! Twitter with interactions and user input.

Recently, from December 2017 through January 2018, Ellis regained some interest with new Twitter posts about David standing overtop of him at night while he was sleeping–photos to accompany the story are posted in the Twitter threads on his corner of the social media world. Additionally, he said he traveled back home to Montana for Christmas to escape David. And then he found footprints in the snow.

….cue the music. David was there.

I follow ‘REIGNBOT’ on both Twitter and YouTube (You should really check her out if you are into the exploration of online mysteries and anomalies.). Reignbot posted a full 20 minute video on January 24 of her reading off all of Ellis’ latest posts on his Twitter page. It’s worth the time:

There is a steady stream of debate over whether Ellis is giving us great entertainment or factual knowledge of his haunting. Serious discussions in circles of the otherworldly exist pondering whether David really creeps around this Manhattan flat.. or if David is just a cunning way of instituting a new form of horror entertainment into our lives.

Either way.. a book deal? Why bother! Twitter is free! That’s too old school for dear David.

A movie? .. maybe more like it.

Fact or fiction, @moby_dickhead continues to hold our collective imagination and attention with the startling stories of the night stalking ghost demon boy named David.


You should sleep on this conspiracy theory for a while

A few days ago a REDDIT thread about conspiracy become social media bedlam! A poster said he/she believed that the company Mattress Film was a cover for a large-scale scandalous money laundering operation!

The comment got 41 thousand up votes quickly.. the theory spread on Twitter and other socials.. And then, only propelling the conspiracy theory into high revolution around the sun, the comment was SIMPLY DELETED.


Speculation exists and to why.. a whodunnit of epic online proportions.

A few screen grabs below to show some original postings along with Twitter affirmations afterwards:

An interesting point that was brought out in discussion: In 2016 German based company Steinhoff acquired Mattress Firm (and Mattress Firm was already a big purchase since it acquired Sleepy’s in 2015.).

By December of 2017, the CEO of Steinhoff stepped down and Germany was investigating whether the company was in violation of that country’s commercial laws.

Now while that may not have a direct correlation with anything regarding impropriety, people questioned some other numbers

There are about 14000 McDonalds in America.
There are about 12000 Starbucks.
And…there are a little over 9,200 MATTRESS Store!

A product that only gets purchased, at the most, once a decade (sometimes once in a lifetime) …

It you would consider 300,000,000 Americans needing a bed, not bunking or sharing, then there would theoretically be 300,000,000 mattresses. You can do the math yourself, even Common Core style, to ascertain how true a profit a company having 9000 stores (often right next to each other!) have.

One Facebook post I saw while researching this said “there are 34 Mattress Firms in a 20 mile radius of my home. I am freaked out!”

The extent of conspiracy now ‘out there,’ here’s how serious it got. The CEO of Mattress Firm was forced to comment to the BUSINESS INSIDER yesterday about this topic. Ken Murphy said that the accusation of money laundering is ‘false’ and lacks merit, and that the company provides valuable products to customers and will continue to do so.

Luckily customers can choose between 9,200 stores for their product. And if they don’t like one store? Just walk across the street to the next nearest, I suppose…

The Detroit boom: A friend visits from a trip 28,000 miles per house

This is the AP news brief on the meteor and earthquake in Detroit January 16:

DETROIT (AP) — Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.  The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night over the state, including many in the Detroit area. Reports also came in from several other states and Ontario, Canada.

Some Michigan residents reported their homes shaking.  The society says the reports suggest a space rock penetrated deep into the Earth’s atmosphere before it broke apart. The U.S. Geological Service says it registered as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Michigan.

 Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office tells The Detroit News it was “definitely a meteoroid” and a rare sight for Michigan.

Other states where people reported seeing a fireball included Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

More information now being revealed.. CBS in Detroit reported that NASA said the meteor was from deep in space and traveling 28000 miles per hour.. the rock broke apart in the atmosphere and the loud noise was from that .. There may be space rocks on the ground near Detroit. Local reports indicate that the race is on for people to ind them intact!

Other reports indicate that panic among people set in with the loud noise and rumble. It was not until officials told people what it really was that people understood it was not a second coming of Christ.. a bomb.. a missile attack... Or the end of the world.

But With the strength of this meteor, we could count the nation lucky. A little bigger, faster, or stronger, and a Chelyabinsk part 2 could have occurred on a cold Saturday night in the Michigan city.

Let's hope that our loud visitor is not traveling with friends.


USGS confirms meteor occurred around 811pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake. The very bright fireball illuminated the sky over Michigan, US on January 16, 2018 and was followed by a sonic boom reported several miles away. The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 356 witness reports from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio as well as from Ontario in Canada.

50 people reported concurrent sound associated with the event and 114 delayed. Reports are still coming in..


A vigil being held in Santa Barbara for mudslide victims.. MORE: At the end of a heartbreaking week that saw deadly mudslides kill at least 20, residents gathered to grieve, pay tribute to victims and commit to rebuilding their cherished community on the Southern California coast...

Carolina Panthers Employee Kills Her Kids, 7 and 3, Before Jumping off Interstate Bridge

Jamie Lee Curtis Says Eliza Dushku’s Molestation Claim Has ‘Awakened Us’ to ‘Horrific Reality’ MORE: In an essay published by the Huffington Post titled “Truth and Lies,” Curtis — who played Dushku’s mother in the 1994 film — said Dushku had previously “shared that story with me privately a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened then and still am today.”..

Viral video shows UFO in Mexico.. First sighting of 18!

6-year-old suffers unexpected side effects from Tamiflu! MORE: Filed Under:Allen, Flu, Local TV, medicine, Nervous System, North Texas, Psychosis, Side Effects, tamiflu ALLEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas family says their daughter’s side effects from the popular drug Tamiflu were beyond what they ever could have imagined – and left them saying never again. Like so many others, the 6-year-old’s flu diagnosis that came with a choice: whether or not to take Tamiflu to speed up the course of the dreaded illness. The family, who wants to remain anonymous, says the side effects were stunning: hallucinations, running away from school and an attempt, they believe, to hurt herself. “The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,” her father said..


The fake missile warning in Hawaii was scary for residents of that state .. 38 minutes of hell.

Scary for America more may be what ELIANA JOHNSON writes in POLITICO:
A false warning of a missile threat in Hawaii sent White House aides scrambling Saturday, frantically phoning agencies to determine a response and triggering worries about their preparedness almost a year into the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump’s Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack, according to a senior administration official. John Kelly, while serving as Secretary of Homeland Security through last July, planned to conduct the exercise. But he left his post to become White House chief of staff before it was conducted, and acting secretary Elaine Duke never carried it out.
The Old Cold War guard is gone. The newcomers can issue threats but appear to be unaware on how to act on them..
“The U.S. government hasn’t tested these plans in 30 years,” said the senior administration official involved in the White House response. “All the fresh faces sitting around the table in the situation room have little idea what their roles would be in this scenario. The bottom line is that without a principals level exercise we shouldn’t have any confidence that the Cabinet would know what to do in an attack scenario.”



Not only that, but warnings buzzed on TVs.. radios.. the horrid screeching noise when an emergency alert sounds.. 

CNN reports,

Jocelyn Azbell had just woken up in her Maui hotel Saturday when she was hurried into the hotel's basement to take shelter from an incoming ballistic missile.
"You're thinking, 'Oh my gosh, are we going to die? Is it really a missile (headed) our way, or is it just a test?'" the 24-year-old told CNN. "We really didn't know."
Minutes before, she'd received an ominous alert on her phone.

Azbell, her boyfriend and hundreds of other hotel guests were "herded like cows" into the basement by staff. "People are crying and people obviously were super scared," she said.
For 20 minutes, Azbell said, they waited. Finally, they were told that the alert was a false alarm, and they were free to resume their day. Azbell said she was "super relieved."
"Hawaii is beautiful," she told CNN. "But it's not where I want to die."

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said at a press conference with the governor Saturday afternoon that a single individual sent out the alert by mistake. The individual went so far as to click through a second message, intended as a safeguard, that asked whether the alert should go out.

But the blame should not fall on that man's shoulders alone, Miyagi said. "I accept responsibility for this," he said. "This is my team. We made a mistake. We are going to process this and study this to make sure this doesn’t happen again."

There is water on Mars. There is not water on Mars. There is water on Mars.

A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that appears bright blue in this enhanced-color view from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is about 550 yards wide. The scarp drops about 140 yards from the level ground in the upper third of the image.Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/USGS

This could be a game changer–and quite the about face since the past several months of news gathered have reinforced the notion that no water at all existed..

As reported in the journal Science (paywall), the water was found in both the north and south of Mars, at latitudes equivalent to South America and Scotland. The exposed areas were found on scarps as steep as 55 degrees. Based on the absence of craters in the regions, scientists believe that the features formed relatively recently.

“The discovery reported today gives us surprising windows where we can see right into these thick underground sheets of ice,” study co-author Shane Byrne of the University of Arizona told NASA. “It’s like having one of those ant farms where you can see through the glass on the side to learn about what’s usually hidden beneath the ground.”
Researchers found the scarp sites by gauging colors using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the MRO, and confirmed its purity using CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging spectrometer for Mars). The orbiter has previously found extensive ice sheets at other locations on Mars using its Shallow Radar camera, but it was impossible to say how deep it was. Now, scientists know that it’s close enough to access with relative ease.


Leonardo DiCaprio in Talks to Star in Quentin Tarantino Movie About Charles Manson..


The Hollywood Reporter reports..

The plot details are still being kept under off limits, the movie is reportedly set in 1969, and in some way involves Charles and the murder of Sharon Tate.

Sony picked up the rights to the movie after a studio bidding war, and it is set to hit theaters on August 9, 2019 – the 50th anniversary of the murders of Sharon and her friends by the Manson cult followers…

Paging Paige: Done at the WWE


PWInsider reports that Paige was told at this past Monday’s RAW that she will not be able to return to the ring. It was noted that she is “done” as a wrestler, and that the situation is similar to Edge’s retirement in 2011 due to a neck injury…

Paige had just returned to WWE in late November after a seventeen month absence due to a neck injury she suffered in June of 2016. During her absence she suffered two Wellness policy suspensions.

Paige was injured during a house show at the Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 27 during a six-woman tag match. She was kicked in the back by Sasha Banks and struggled to get back to her feet after the bump.


Almost 20,000 people have signed an online petition opposing Sony Pictures’ planned release of a horror movie called “Slender Man,” the character who inspired two Waukesha girls to plot the stabbing death of their sixth-grade classmate in 2014.

Sony released a trailer for the film this week. It is scheduled for release in May.

“This is crass commercialism at its worst,” wrote Alison Perris, who started the petition at Care2

FCC won’t let Trump’s shithole be

The FCC received complaints after NBC and CNN used the word “s—hole” in their coverage of the controversy over comments President Donald Trump reportedly made to lawmakers during a meeting about immigration.

An FCC spokesman said they received a “handful” of comments, but did not have an exact figure yet. The agency does not monitor programming, but reviews each complaint to decide whether to take any type of action.

CNN featured the term on its chyron, and it was also repeated on air multiple times. But the FCC’s jurisdiction over indecency and profanity does not cover cable and satellite programming.x

The word was used once on “NBC Nightly News,” but anchor Lester Holt issued a viewer warning in advance. CBS and ABC chose not to use the word.

The FCC considers a number of factors in whether to act on a complaint, including “context,” and that in the past has included whether it has been a part of news programming. Broadcasters are confident that they would be exempt for using the term in the news context.


The worst flu since the early 2000s strikes

he entire continental United States is experiencing widespread flu right now, the first time in the 13 years of the current tracking system that that has happened, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Officials said that this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years.
The rate of flu hospitalizations — the number of people hospitalized with flu per 100,000 — nearly doubled last week compared with the previous week. Last week it was 22.7 per 100,000 people; the week before that rate was 13.7.
All of that prompted metro Detroit's Beaumont hospital chain to take an unusual step Friday afternoon: banning visits from children under 13 until the flu season subsides.
“We apologize for the inconvenience,” said a news release from Beaumont Health System, which operates eight major hospitals in southeast Michigan.
“All Beaumont Health hospitals are experiencing high volumes of patients with respiratory viral illnesses, predominantly influenza,” the release said.
“For the safety of our patients and staff, visitation by children under 13 years of age is limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as severe illness of a parent or sibling, or end-of-life situation.”
Even if children are not obviously sick, they shouldn't visit a hospital because they could be carriers of the influenza virus, said Dr. Christopher Carpenter, section head of infectious diseases at Royal Oak-Beaumont Hospital.

Weird theories abound: What happened to Popblast on Youtube

PopBlast Analysis & Theories

You want a YouTube creepy scandal?! You got one. ReignBot does her best to sum up the Popblast/Logan Paul/ Shane Dawson craziness now taking place online.. a strange tale indeed


SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (WFLA) — While the rest of us were debating where to abandon our trees, one woman decided to take her’s back for a refund.
So come January, the woman reportedly wanted her money back for her once lively Christmas tree because it...
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (WFLA) — While the rest of us were debating where to abandon our trees, one woman decided to take her’s back for a refund.
So come January, the woman reportedly wanted her money back for her once lively Christmas tree because it was now dead.
Customers at the Costco in the suburbs of Los Angeles were blown away, and one man couldn’t help but post the rest of the details on Facebook.

'ROSEANNE' is pro-Trump!?

Let’s quickly get one thing out of the way. I am not writing this piece to defend Roseanne Barr, who regularly shares outlandish conspiracy theories, has described herself as mentally ill, once ran as a liberal green third-party candidate for president, and even maybe-ironically dressed as Hitler and pretended to eat “Jew-cookies” once. Yes, really. Her politics are entirely incoherent and often genuinely offensive, and I see no reason to take them seriously.
That said, Barr did show some real insight when she predicted the show’s relevance in the age of Trump, saying,“As soon as I saw the election results, I knew we’d be back.”
I’m a little young to be nostalgic for “Roseanne” since it went off the air when I was three years old, but Amy Zimmerman of The Daily Beast praised it as having “changed television for the better, featuring a realistic American family, relatable financial troubles, believable gay characters and overweight protagonists who weren’t written as punchlines.” In comparison to the more aspirational sitcoms I remember from that time, like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Full House”—or even “Friends,” in which the characters’ finances are more of a punchlinethan a genuine source of anxiety—I can certainly understand why an honest look at a blue-collar, working-class, Midwestern family could be groundbreaking.

Weinstein attacked at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort!

TMZ is reporting tonight in fresh runs:

At around 9 PM, Weinstein and his sober coach got up to leave at the same time Steve and his dinner companion were leaving. Steve tells TMZ he had "quite a bit to drink," told his friend to fire up his cell phone and shoot video of what was about to happen.
Steve says he walked up to Weinstein and said, "You're such a piece of s*** for what you did to these women," and then punched him in the face twice. He says Weinstein stumbled backward and almost fell.
A restaurant manager says neither attempted punch connected, and the guy was drunk and out of control.

Both sides agree ... the person who filmed the incident asked Weinstein if he wanted to call the police, but Weinstein declined and everyone left the restaurant.


The Logan Paul effect: YouTube looking at "further consequences". .. could have far-reaching effect on horror community

After several days for public outrage and an outcry to YouTube to better police material uploaded to the site, the went company has weighed in.. The effect? It may be more far reaching than just dealing with the suicide forest video presented by the 15 million subscription strong YouTuber.

From their TWITTER feed:

The vague commentary including "we are looking at further consequences" has alarmed some in the horror community who either report on real events or write and produce fiction..

REIGN BOT has been on of my personal favorites on YouTube for years--her videos normally contain the back story to creepy or real events taking place across the net, or the world. Often her channel has featured "things you should not Google" type videos, often which have proven to be very popular.

And today she is taking them down. From her Twitter feed:

There are concerns here that people who create amazing content should have. Like REIGN BOT said, the announcement was troubling and vague. It is not giving credible guidance to creators who harbor a large fan base and don't intentionally set out to ruin the innocence of children or people's lives...

MR NIGHTMARE, who tells horror stories, and many others could potentially see a future where their videos are flagged.   Even You Tube channels run by people as harmless as the "FGTEEV" family and DanTDM have been hit with warnings over videos featuring what YouTube deemed as violence and words that children should not see. That coupled with political dissidents like conservative commentator Mark Dice having videos removed on a regular basis, things are getting a little strange at You Tube..

The Logan Paul mania has been quelched a bit.. He has seemingly vanished from the headlines as much as he has from You Tube. But the dangling body he filmed in the famed Japan suicide forest is still haunting creators. People who don't do anything appalling like Paul did, people who don't showcase and mock dead corpses, people who actually respect the dead and paranormal in the universe, could now face a future where their videos will be flagged, removed, and their accounts either demonetized or deleted. 


Massive Caribbean quake

  • 7.6 magnitude earthquake happened last night at 9.51pm at a depth of 6.2 miles
  • The tremor was one of the largest to hit the Caribbean region in recorded history
  • Struck in the Caribbean Sea 25 miles from Honduras island of Great Swan Island
  • A tsunami advisory was put in place for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
  • There were fears it could impact the coasts of Central American nations, including Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands 


Thousands of flying foxes died in an Australian heatwave so severe it has melted tarmac.

The animals fell from the trees as they were boiled alive in temperatures exceeding 104 degrees Fahrenheit in Campbelltown in New South Wales.

Animal welfare volunteers battled to save the lives of the hundreds of babies and some adults in distress but the death toll is believed to be in the thousands.

A spokesman from the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown said: “The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking.”

SEX-MAN! Marvel creator Stan Lee, 95, is accused of groping nurses and demanding oral sex in the shower !!


According to the Daily Mail, “a string of young female nurses” claim that Lee repeatedly groped and harassed them, and demanded to be “pleasured.” The nursing company that employed the women is now reportedly involved in an unspecified legal dispute with Lee. However, no lawsuit has been filed, and no criminal complaint has been made.

An attorney representing Lee denied the “false and despicable allegations” in a statement to the newspaper, and suggested his client has been a target of extortion: “Mr. Lee will not be extorted or blackmailed, and will pay no money to anyone because he has done absolutely nothing wrong.” The lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter late last month to the company that made the accusations.

Lee was sued in 2015 by former assistant Shawn Lukaszewicz, who claimed he was wrongfully fired after enduring emotional abuse from the comics creator and his daughter Joan Celia Lee.

Lee’s wife of 69 years, Joan Lee, passed away in July at age 93.


Flying Foxes sing boiled alive in South Wales heat wave!

Thousands of flying foxes died in an Australian heatwave so severe it has melted tarmac.

The animals fell from the trees as they were boiled alive in temperatures exceeding 104 degrees Fahrenheit in Campbelltown in New South Wales.

Animal welfare volunteers battled to save the lives of the hundreds of babies and some adults in distress but the death toll is believed to be in the thousands.

A spokesman from the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown said: “The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking.”

Lon Rains, Northrop Grumman’s communications director, said: “The Zuma payload is a restricted payload. It will be launched into low Earth Orbit.”
Millions streamed the launch online, but the feed dramatically cut out before viewers caught a glimpse of the Zuma craft – leaving some confused.
One Twitter user said: “I was enjoying watching until you cut the feed prior to stage 2 (T-2).”

But it didn't go well at all!!
The highly classified and expensive government satellite launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral has reportedly been destroyed. SpaceX isn’t commenting on the allegedly failed mission, however.
Failed secrets 

STRANGER THINGS at the Golden Globes

Actors Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp

Actors Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp


The story is that Millie Brown was still preparing roughly 20 minutes before her co-stars eventually appeared and didn’t make it down in time.. No scandal 
UNLESS she was stuck in the upside down?
She eventually appeared almost an hour afterwards too

Barbie Girl will have a whole new meaning

THE NOT-SO-KNOWN HISTORY OF BARBIEThe 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...


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.
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.
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