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No Socks Day!

Here’s are some facts about the one thing keeping your feet from the inside of your shoes—socks. (Today is actually “No Socks Day,” but still.) Old Socks The word sock comes from an Old English word socc, part of the language since about the year 1400. It means “light slipper,” and comes from the Latin […]

Happy Birthday, Barbie

Today is National Barbie Day. Why? It was on this day in 1959 that the doll was unveiled to the public for the first time, at the American International Toy Fair in New York. TV-based Marketing Strategy Barbie was the first toy to have a TV-based marketing strategy. That was revolutionary—lots of kids were watching […]

Can Muggles Play Quidditch?

Even if you’ve never read J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books or seen the film adaptations, you’ve still probably heard of quidditch, the broomstick-brandishing sport that forms an integral part of her wizarding world. (This article was first published in Who Knew?) Not Just for Wizards In Rowling’s novels, it’s a sport that’s been played […]