Jeff Eldridge wants to ban Barbie

It’s Barbie’s 50th birthday this year. What to get the doll that has everything — multiple careers, houses, electronics, automobiles, wardrobes, accessories, tattoos and a real life fashion show? Legislation! A West Virginian lawmaker wants to outlaw the doll.

Associated Press is reporting:

Just in time for Barbie’s 50th birthday, a West Virginia lawmaker wants to outlaw the doll.

Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge is proposing to ban the sale of the Mattel doll and others like her in West Virginia.

He says the dolls influence girls to place too much importance on
physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional
development.

He joins others who have criticized the doll over the years for promoting materialism and an unnatural body image.

Barbie turns 50 on March 9, and the toy maker has made big plans this year to mark the anniversary.

Related link: Her perpetually arched and tippy-toed feet

Daylight Saving Time

Photo courtesy of zingbeauty

Do you know why we set our clocks ahead an hour in spring, why we “spring forward”?

Daylight Saving Time did not, as many people think, originate with Benjamin Franklin. The letter he published in 1784, suggesting that Parisians economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight, also included proposals to tax shutters, ration candles, and wake the public by ringing church bells and firing cannons at sunrise The letter was satire and not intended to be taken seriously.


Daylight Saving Time inventor disliked cutting short his golf round at dusk

According to Wikipedia:

The prominent English builder and outdoorsman William Willett conceived DST in 1905 during a pre-breakfast ride, when he observed with dismay how many Londoners slept through a large part of a summer day. An avid golfer, he also disliked cutting short his round at dusk. His solution was to advance the clock during the summer months, a proposal he published two years later. He lobbied unsuccessfully for the proposal until his death in 1915.

Shortly after his death, in 1916, Germany, its World War I allies, and their occupied zones were the first European nations to use
Willett’s invention, starting April 30, 1916. Britain, most of its
allies, and many European neutrals soon followed suit. Russia and a few
other countries waited until the next year; and the United States
adopted it in 1918. Since then, the world has seen many enactments,
adjustments, and repeals.

So, because William Willett wanted to extend his game of golf (and following the lead of World War I Germany), I have to get up an hour earlier? Kvetch and grumble!

If you are groggy this morning because of springing forward, I tilt my coffee mug to you in solidarity, empathize with your forced conformity to extra-early-birdness and direct your attention to the following links that may be of interest:

Daylight Saving Time actually raises utility bills
Daylight Saving Time wastes energy, study says
Daylight Saving Time related health concerns
End Daylight Savings Time

The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow in Cabinet des Fées

The March issue of Cabinet des Fées, a fairy tale journal with a mixture of academia, reviews, fiction and poetry, has a review of The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow.

The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow
Annette Marie Hyder, 2007
Reviewed by Erzebet YellowBoy
In The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow, Annette Marie
Hyder has put together a neatly packaged “collection of poems, stories
and mythos miscellany” in which she explores the archetypal meanings of
some of our best-loved fairy tales. Culling references from such
diverse fields as mathematics, folklore, botany, myth, religion and
more, Hyder provides us with a wealth of information packed into the
book’s 159 pages. Read more…

Other books being reviewed in this issue include:

Caribou Coffee/ Great Harvest Breads

By Annette Marie Hyder
Previously published in The Green Tricycle

A visit to the bread store
that adjoins the coffee shop
on a snowy day

warming my nose
with the smell of fresh baking
and a dark roasted’s curl of steam
gives me food for thought.

I chew on the image
of the sky’s apron
being shaken till clean.

The flour dust,
resulting fuss and muss,
mean something good is coming.

The messy kitchen
means a frazzled cook
is busy preparing spring.

Free espresso at Caribou this Sunday and Monday

City Pages reports:

Here’s one thing that’ll help make up for the hour of sleep you’re
going to lose between Saturday night and Sunday morning: Caribou Coffee
Co. will be giving out free shots of espresso.

This
coming Sunday and Monday, March 8 and 9, customers can have a free solo
shot of espresso or have a free shot of espresso added to any drink
during business hours at any Caribou Coffee location. Not a bad way to put a little “spring forward” in your step!

Franken burgers?


Photo copyright Jasmine Rain H.

Coming soon: Burger Jones

There used to be an Applebee’s here. They had the unbelievably best margaritas. I know. Applebee’s and exceptionally fine margaritas? Incredible but true, this particular Applebee’s did indeed surpass any restaurant in town when it came to the “Perfect Margarita.” The buy-1-get-free drink special was a beautiful thing to share with friends. And the endless chips and salsa accompaniment? I’m welling a tear just thinking about it.

Now there is a restaurant under construction on this very spot on Lake Street near Calhoun Lake, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I think the logo guy looks like Al Franken. Franken burger, anyone? Here’s an update on the recount.

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A wrestler and a comedian