…57-year-old Huguette fully embraced her status as a recluse. She refused to leave her apartment aside from occasional errands, and by 1975, had even cut out chauffeured trips, immersing herself completely in her hobbies behind closed doors. There, she expanded her doll collection, took photographs from her apartment windows overlooking Central Park, and even sketched cartoon still frames from episodes of “The Smurfs.” She would peruse the catalogs for upcoming doll auctions, and then send her lawyer, Donald Wallace, to do her bidding. When he became ill, her accountant Irving Kamsler would attend auctions in her stead. Huguette made frequent phone calls to friends and family, but she did not [...]
Last night while flipping through a friend's copy of the American Girl catalog, I was surprised to find that in addition to its usual updates (omg who's that? are those Uggs?? is that headgear???) the company is also now offering an accessory called the Allergy-Free Lunch. Which is a little vague but seems to cover peanut, egg, shellfish, and gluten allergies, although it's not entirely clear what's on the "sandwich skewers." Chicken? Tofu?
The complete Allergy-Free Lunch comes with food — a "pretend berry smoothie, container of vegetables," and the above-mentioned skewers (better pics here) — as well as "a medical bracelet and allergy stickers to [...]
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"Let me make a custom piñata for your next birthday party, corporate event, divorce &c. Finest quality papier-mâché piñatas made of any image and filled with treats and surprises of your choice. Popular picks include you, the client, current and ex-lovers, best friends, and all kinds of mammals." —Among other things, artist Jing Yu can make anything into a piñata, for $250 and up. Her website has more information, as well as interesting videos of her creations in action. Self-piñata?
Thematic tourism can be great (it also can be exploitative, which is not so great). Since it's October, the witchiest, most magical month, we've rounded up 13 of the hocus-y pocus-y museums around the world.
1. Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall, UK Cornwall is the mother of all witchcraft museums, which we mention by way of asking: who wants to go on a field trip? The museum's website notes that important events in its history have fallen on Samhain and Hallowe'en. Their Twitter feed is bananas and delightful and the reason that I follow Cornish Folklore. Also the museum was founded by a [...]
Lego introduced a new line specifically for girls, Lego Friends, last year. The line features a “Rehearsal Stage,” a “Summer Riding Camp,” and a “Cat’s Playground,” among other female-friendly scenarios, and no one actually thought it would sell. But last week, Lego announced that “Lego Friends had become the company’s fourth-bestselling line in only its first year (behind Star Wars, Ninjago, and Lego CITY, and surpassing superheroes), helping the company record the best financial results in its 81-year history.” Here are some ideas for future brand expansions.
- A pink ice skating rink.
- An art class studio, with mini easels and paintbrushes.
- A soccer field, [...]
nellie nellie why didnt u come to the hedge today to the lessons hedge )for lessons) I'm sorry, Miss Parkington I wasn't able to get away in time and i was going to teach you more lessons is this about my birthday party are u mad at me no – Samantha - because i told you its not that youre not my friend you are my friend I'm glad to be your friend u are just more of my FACTORY friend and not really my "birthday party" friend I understand guess how many kinds of ice cream we had I don't know haha there are only three kinds of ice [...]