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First Barbie Doll The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler (co-founder of Mattel), whose own daughter was called Barbara. Barbie was introduced to the world at the American Toy Fair in New York City. The doll was intended to be a teenage fashion doll. There has been some controversy over Barbie's figure when it realized that if Barbie was a real person her measurements would be an impossible 36-18-38. The Ken doll was named after Ruth's son. Barbie first had bendable legs in 1965.
Tags: Barbie  First  Mattel  doll 
Added: 4th July 2007
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Posted By: BKV
Creepy Ad   Loves Baby Soft Fragrance Love's Baby Soft fragrance launched around the time I was in junior high. The word 'pedophilia' had not yet come into the public consciousness so there was no controversy surrounding this brand or its advertising. . .
Tags: ad  love 
Added: 24th July 2007
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Posted By: Teresa
Tom Daschle Ad In light of the controversy surrounding taxes on the limo service that Tom Daschle got for free, this 1986 ad is ironic.
Tags: TomDaschleAd    Daschle    limousine     
Added: 4th February 2009
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Posted By: pfc
September Morn Controversy A painting of a nude maiden standing shin deep in a lake created a major scandal in America in 1913. Matinee de Septembre (September Morn) was painted by French artist Paul Emile Chabas over three summers, ending in 1912. The next year, when it was in the window of a Chicago art gallery, a complaint was issued to the mayor's office and the owner of the gallery was subsequently charged with indecency. He beat the rap. Two months later a similar controversy erupted in New York City when the painting was displayed by another art dealer. Anthony Comstock, a self-appointed crusader against vice, vowed to file obscenity charges against the man but never followed through. The surrounding publicity naturally made September Morn the most sought after piece of art in America. Thousands of lithograph reproductions were made in the next decade. The painting is often denounced as kitsch by art critics who claim it lacks contrast, co-ordinated lines, and a worthy subject. Today the original painting is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Tags: September  Morn 
Added: 23rd November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Debut of South Park 1997 In August 1997 the Comedy Central cable network debuted the animated series South Park. Its irreverent humor quickly became a smash hit, drawing TV audiences in the millions. Not everyone was enamored, though. South Park's frequent depiction of taboo subject matter, general toilet humor, accessibility to children viewers, disregard of decency standards, and portrayal of religion for comic effect have been the main sources for generating controversy and debate over the course of its run. No subject is off limits and people and policies from every political stripe have been skewered.
Tags: South  Park  television  sitcom 
Added: 4th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Moses Walker Predated Jackie Robinson Everybody knows that Jackie Robinson was the first black major league baseball player, right? Wrong--by 63 years! Moses Fleetwood (Fleet) Walker, a barehanded catcher, played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association way back in 1884 when the AA was a major league. Walker's presence on the team created considerable controversy. Walker was subjected to death threats and snubbed by his own teammates. His brother Welday joined the team for a while too, appearing in five games as an outfielder. However, with owners, players and fans all showing open hostility toward blacks, the major league moguls made a 'gentleman's agreement' not to sign any more black players after 1884. This tacit pact stood until Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day 1947.
Tags: Moses  Fleetwood  Walker 
Added: 6th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1966 World Cup Final Controversy It is still the most controversial moment in the history of sports--although most Americans have never seen it! England and West Germany are tied 2-2 in extra time in the 1966 World Cup final. Does Geoff Hurst's shot cross the goal line? The officials said it did--and England wins its only World Cup.
Tags: 1966  World  Cup  final 
Added: 11th March 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
George Reeves On June 16, 1959, George Reeves was found shot to death at his home in Hollywood CA. It's been 49 years and to this day, there is still controversy over whether he killed himself or was murdered. ****************** Here's some interesting trivia about him I thought I'd share today in the Comments Section:
Tags: george  reeves  superman  deceased  actors  trivia 
Added: 16th June 2008
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Posted By: Naomi
Stella Walsh Gender Controversy Stella Walsh was one of the first female Olympic heroes--but she could never shake the accusations that she was really a man. The masculine-looking Walsh was born in Poland in 1911 and came to the United States before her first birthday. Naturally gifted at sports, she won track and field contests sponsored by a Cleveland newspaper that were supposed to lead to a place on the 1928 American Olympic team. However, the immigration laws of the era said Walsh could not become an American citizen until the age of 21. She toured her homeland in the early 1930s and became hugely popular. She competed for Poland at the 1932 summer Olympics in Los Angeles and won gold in the women's 100 metres. At the 1936 Olympics she finished second to Helen Stephens, who, ironically, had to undergo a medical examination to prove she was a female. In November 1980, television station WKYC was heavily criticized for airing a story that questioned Walsh's gender. A month later the 69-year-old Walsh was murdered in a botched armed robbery at a Cleveland mall. Through a court order, WKYC obtained the coroner's report to vindicate their earlier claims. It said Walsh had male sex organs, no female sex organs, and both XX and XY pairs of chromosomes.
Tags: Stella  Walsh  gender  controversy 
Added: 1st August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Press Sisters Gender Controversy Tamara and Irina Press, two sisters from the old Soviet Union, were dominant in women's athletics during the early 1960s. Tamara (pictured here) was virtually unbeatable in shot put. Irina was an excellent pentathlete and a world-record holder in the 80-metre hurdles. The trouble was they didn't look too feminine. Speculation about the sisters' true gender was always present. Some western sports journalists began secretly referring to the Press sisters as the 'Press brothers.' When the governing body of European athletics began instituting gender testing in 1966, instead of complying, the Press sisters vanished from international competition--never to return. Soviet newspapers reported that they had retired from sports to tend to their ailing mother. When Irina died in 2004, several months went by before her death was officially announced.
Tags: Press  sisters  gender 
Added: 23rd August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964

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