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6 things you didn't know you didn't know about Barbie

From her middle name to her birthplace.

THE DUBLIN TOY Fair is kicking off at the RDS this Wednesday, and the guest of honour has been announced.  It is, none other than Barbie!

Now, listen, we’re as confused as you are regarding how a doll will be ‘meeting and greeting her fans live and in person’ at the event on Saturday, but there is no questioning that she is the perfect guest.

Everyone knows her, and most people love her, however, there are still some pieces of information that might come as a surprise to you.

Here are things you didn’t know you didn’t know about Barbie.

1.  Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.

barbie Source: mr.paille

You might have known about the Roberts bit, but Millicent?  Who knew?

2.  She’s from Wisconsin in the US.

Barbie ( reprise ) Source: Tracheotomy Bob

It’s not a state that’s really known for its glamour.

3.  She has had more than fifty pets.

Barbie Journal 1992 (Finnish) Source: vaniljapulla

We can’t help but think that seems a little irresponsible.

4.  She has had more than 80 careers.

Barbie Baywatch Source: Freddycat1

They include working as a fashion model, becoming an Olympic athlete, some time spent as an astronaut and of course working as a paleontologist.

We heard her parents really wish she would just ‘pick something and stick to it’.

5.  She has run for president twice.

barbie-for-president-2012 Source: Campaign Sick

6.  She and Ken are no longer an item.

Barbie Journal 1992 (Finnish) Source: vaniljapulla

This may have passed you by, but they actually split up in 2004 after 43 years together.  Sad times.

Rumour has it he’s big in Japan these days.

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