Many current and popular children's toys have been around the block a few times and withstood some major fender benders only to continue cruising toward success. Classic toys like Barbies, Twister, Legos, Cabbage Patch Kids, Furbies, and Mr. Potato Head, were, for many of us, hallmarks of childhood. Now that we aren't kids anymore, we can look back and realize that even our toys had a lot of growing up to do.
Here are 10 unsettling facts about 6 classic toys that have all done the walk of shame once or twice in the past. But we forgive them.
When it comes to toys, no Barbie's perfect.
1) Barbie and Ken are related.
Turns out Barbie and Ken were named after siblings.
According to Thought Co:
The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler, the co-founder of Mattel, whose own daughter was named Barbara… The Ken doll was named after Ruth’s son and was introduced two years after Barbie in 1961.
Oops. No one told me. I already felt like a big enough perv for certain acts the two engaged in under my watch when I thought they were just boyfriend and girlfriend. Now to find out they’re related, I might need therapy… I mean more therapy.
Don’t worry. I’m already in therapy.
While we know that all children play differently, my slumber party past proves that Barbie and Ken were pretty promiscuous. Never anything freaky though, nor even romantic, always just straight to business… kind of like marriage.
So, we just wonder why a smart young inventor and mother of two like Ruth didn’t consider the inevitable and impending incestuousness prior to naming her perfect plastic creations after her two children.
Maybe her mind wasn’t in the gutter… like some people’s.
I just can’t help but worry that one day Barbie will find herself in a Kim Cattrall Mannequin type situation where she comes to life only to learn that she’s guilty of incest on a global scale. It might be too much to take and she could just melt back down into her plastic self forever.
But that’d probably be for the best considering that Barbie would not have much quality of life in human form, due to her severe disabilities…
2) Barbie's "perfect figure" is out of this world.
To say that Barbie’s figure sets unrealistic expectations for women is beyond an understatement. According to a study performed by Rehabs.com, Barbie’s supposedly perfect figure would prevent her from walking upright or menstruating. She’d only have the room for half a liver and a few inches of intestine.
With size three feet and ridiculously tiny ankles, she’d have to walk on all fours, and considering her arms would be too skinny to be functional, getting around might be a challenge.
The fact that her neck would be too long to hold up her oversized head pretty much seals the deal.
She’d be the perfect paraplegic.