November 11, 2013

"Like Barbie, Ken is from Willows, Wisc."

#5 of "15 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Ken."

As for surprising things you don't know about Althouse, I was an early adopter of the Ken doll. I have the original version, with his original swim trunks. Unfortunately, he has no other clothes, as I spent all my doll clothes money on Barbie, who — additional misfortune — never had a bathing suit, having been originally purchased in Nighty Negligee Barbie form.

16 comments:

madAsHell said...

Whatever happened to Woody?

surfed said...

Nighty Negligee Barbie is a doll.

Rocco said...

My cousin Barbara really did marry a man named Ken. And, they lived on a street named Happy lane for about a decade.

FleetUSA said...

I am glad to see the good Professor manning up to her childhood.

Saint Croix said...

Your Ken doll is in shorts! And he has no other clothes. Because you wouldn't buy him any. It's shorts 24-7. He's wearing shorts to church, shorts to work, shorts in the snow.

surfed said...

They were probably boxer shorts...to go with the negligee.

surfed said...

We had a small working guillotine and none of my sisters Barbie's survived our recreation of the French Revolution. I still have it. I keep it at school to chop student's pencils in half when I get pissed.

David said...

Did they know Titus?

Lauderdale Vet said...

For your amusement: the Barbie Tarot.

rcocean said...

Sadly my sisters Ken doll died a horrible death at the hands of GI Joe.

I would provide details but it would be too gruesome. GI Joe didn't like wimps.

betamax3000 said...

Released in 1993, Earring Magic Ken became a huge seller among gay men, which was mainly due to the way he was dressed — and the fact that he appeared to be wearing a “cock ring” as a necklace.

It also led to Mattel having to issue this interesting statement:

“We’re not in the business of putting cock rings into the hands of little girls.”

The Betamax3000 Doll Has Other Plans.


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Mr. Forward said...

Ken was known as the Casanova of Cazenovia, which is only eight minutes from Willow.

C Stanley said...

OK some of those truly are surprising facts. Somehow I missed the cock ring Ken and the Sugar Daddy.

We had the dark haired early Ken doll. His legs did not bend and they splayed out when you tried to sit him down.

His clothing and the early Barbie clothing were beautifully detailed- he had pressed lapel jackets and she had darts in the bust of her blouses.

It was mostly about the house for us though. We were forever repurposing found items for furnishings and housewares. Round, rimmed aluminum tags from the haberdashery store where Dad shopped became dishes (we snuck around the store while Dad was being fitted, sliding all of the tags off of the suit jacket sleeves.) Toothpaste caps were drink tumblers.

Bob Loblaw said...

Ann, I'm in my early 40s and I still say "swim trunks" or "swimming trunks". Due to the quizzical looks from people younger than me, though, I'd say that phrase is falling out of fashion.

Bruce Hayden said...

Got in a bit of trouble pointing out that the littlest little sister of the doctor or dentist Barbie was most likely actually her illegitimate daughter, given the age difference between the two, and that she wasn't wearing a wedding ring.

Never really did approve of the message Barbie gave girls, maybe somewhat similar to my complaints about most of the Disney princesses, that concentrating on beauty and waiting passively for Prince Charming was the way to live their lives. At least some of the later Barbies had her with real careers, instead of the earlier high school or college bimbo.