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MTA Bigwig: Blowup Doll Isn't for HOV Lane, It's for 'Company'

Giulio Divirgilio tries to explain why he's been driving around with Carpool Kenny

(Newser) - A manager with New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is either very lonely during his commutes or very sneaky. The New York Post has several photos it captured Wednesday of Giulio Divirgilio, an ex-NYPD cop and now general superintendent for the MTA's buses division, arriving to work in Brooklyn...

Mattel's Naomi Osaka Barbie Sells Out in Hours

Tennis star has a doll in her likeness

(Newser) - Tennis star Naomi Osaka was one of 20 or so "Sheros"—read: female heroes—gifted a Barbie doll in their own likeness in 2019 . The public was apparently eager for a Barbie of the world's highest-paid female athlete, too, as a new doll of Osaka sold out...

Police 'All Come Running' Over Tasteless Prank

Find in New York park sparked huge investigation

(Newser) - New Yorkers went from horror to disbelief Tuesday when an apparent dead baby turned out to be a discarded doll, NBC New York reports. Emergency responders declared the "child" dead before 8am in a Queens park, triggering the arrival of at least 100 cops who pitched a crime-scene tent...

'Terrifying' Doll Gets Spotify Ad Banned

Even 'Havana' couldn't keep a UK watchdog group from banning it

(Newser) - Spotify's latest ad features a catchy popular pop tune and "a medley of horror film tropes" in the lead-up to its final tagline, per NPR : "Killer songs you can't resist." But it's just that horror theme, along with what Billboard calls a "terrifying...

Guy Spots Doll in Truck, Ends Up Saving Real Baby

3-week-old infant recovered from stolen truck in NC

(Newser) - A man saw a doll inside a parked truck and called police about an unresponsive infant, leading to the recovery of a stolen truck and a very real baby, reports the AP . Lumberton Police Department Capt. Terry Parker tells the Fayetteville Observer that a woman reported her pickup truck stolen...

Car Pool 'Passenger' Makes Police Say: 'C'mon, People'

Chucky doll also prompted funny tweet from CHP about Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden

(Newser) - The comparisons of Jon Gruden to the possessed doll Chucky from the movie Child's Play have been reinvigorated since Gruden was announced as the new Oakland Raiders coach earlier this week. It's the California Highway Patrol, though, that wins the prize for most creative reference after a citation...

City Closes Shop Selling Alleged Transgender Dolls

Paraguay's Ciudad del Este says it's 'pro-life and family'

(Newser) - Authorities in the Paraguayan border town of Ciudad del Este have temporarily closed a shop accused of selling transgender dolls, the AP reports. Mayor Sandra McLeon justified Tuesday's closure by noting that the city, most widely known as a smuggling and counterfeiting haven, last year declared itself "pro-life...

What to Do With That History Degree? This

American Girl is hiring a research historian

(Newser) - American Girl, known for producing historically accurate dolls for kids, is now looking for a research historian, a gig "you spent your entire childhood training for," per Jezebel . So if you've got a bachelor's degree or higher in history or a related field, a few years...

Watchdog Tells Parents to Destroy 'Spying' Doll

Germany reclassifies toy as illegal transmitting device

(Newser) - German authorities have issued a warning to parents that sounds like it was taken from an urban legend: A doll could be spying on their children and should be smashed. The country's Federal Network Agency has reclassified the My Friend Cayla toy as a "concealed transmitting device,"...

American Girl's New Doll Is Unlike Any of Its Others

Logan Everett is the company's first boy doll

(Newser) - If there's such a thing as a gender-reversed glass ceiling for American Girl dolls*, then Logan Everett is about to shatter it. Huffington Post reports Logan, American Girl's first boy doll, is being released Thursday. A PR director for the company says a boy doll has been a...

World's Likely 1st Transgender Doll to Debut Next Week

It's based on the subject of TLC's 'I am Jazz'

(Newser) - A New York doll maker says it will be selling what it believes is the first transgender doll on the market, the AP reports. The doll is based on Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series I am Jazz. It will make its debut at the...

Tears Flow as Girl Sees Doll Has Prosthetic Like Her

Emma Bennett floored at seeing modified American Girl doll

(Newser) - Part of the American Girl doll brand's claim to fame is that kids can get a doll made in their own likeness—but Emma Bennett's parents wanted to go one step further. The Texas 10-year-old has a prosthetic leg ( KHOU notes she was born with a rare...

Woman Busted Entering Maternity Ward—With a Doll

Cops fear she wanted to trade it for real baby

(Newser) - A woman has been arrested for trespassing after she apparently tried to use baby dolls as her ticket to a maternity ward. Accompanied by an unidentified man, Tonya Whitney tried on two separate occasions to get into Mercy Medical Center Merced's area for newborns, police say, via the San ...

Girls Who Play With Barbies Dream Small

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Girls Who Play With Barbies Dream Small

Study: They see fewer career options than those who play with Mrs. Potato Head

(Newser) - Barbie might be trying to show a brainier side , but little girls who play with the iconic dolls are learning more than anatomic impossibility: They're also lowering their career aspirations, reports Fast Company . A new study—conducted on an admittedly small scale of 37 4- to 7-year-olds who spent...

Skeet-Shooting Obama Now a Doll

Herobuilders releases its 4th Obama action figure

(Newser) - Paging the inevitability department: President Obama's newly released skeet-shooting photo has inspired an action figure of the prez hunting with a shotgun, reports the Huffington Post . The $19.95 doll includes a sweatshirt with "clay pigeons" written on it, a twisted smile, and muscles bulging à la Sylvester...

Mattel Rolls Out Mad Men Barbie Dolls
 Mattel Rolls Out 
 Mad Men Barbie Dolls 
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Mattel Rolls Out Mad Men Barbie Dolls

Mattel unveils dolls based on the TV characters

(Newser) - Have you ever wanted to dress up Don Draper? Well, now you can. Mattel is rolling out a line of Mad Men Barbie dolls. They’ll be the first offering in the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, a high-priced line of figures aimed at adult collectors based on TV properties. Only...

Barbie's New Career: Computer Engineer

But role models need more than 'cute pink glasses'

(Newser) - Barbie, who once declared that "math class is tough," is branching into IT. Computer Engineer Barbie will be out in the fall, complete with a Bluetooth headset, a smartphone, and a pink laptop. The new career came out on top in a worldwide poll, followed by News Anchor...

Meet Scott Brown, Action Figure

Firm makes doll in private, presidential flavors

(Newser) - Scott Brown hasn't been on the national stage for long, but the senator-elect already has three action figures to his name. Choose from "2012 Executive Scott Brown," "Scott Brown Everyman"—sans pickup truck—or the anatomically correct "Scott Brown Cosmo Doll." “He’s...

Critics: New Black Barbie Not Black Enough

But fans say black women come in all 'shades, shapes, varieties'

(Newser) - Mattel's new black Barbie dolls are more than just white dolls with a paint job—which is what the toy company tried last time. But some critics still say Mattel hasn't gone far enough. The trio of Barbies have features like fuller lips and wider noses, but some complain that...

Designer Fixing Barbie's .... Cankles?

Louboutin thinks the doll's ankles are too fat

(Newser) - A Christian Louboutin makeover of the Barbie doll is going further than just the clothes. “He found her ankles were too fat,” said a Louboutin spokeswoman. At least one of his dolls should be ready for the next Cannes film festival in May, Women's Wear Daily reports. "...

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