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Dec 15, 2016

For anyone who has been pregnant or has been around someone who is pregnant, you may be familiar with the amazing phenomenon of the swelling of appendages you never knew could swell so much. Being pregnant myself, there are days when someone will ask me how I’m feeling and all I do is show them a comparison of my swollen feet and ankles to those of a certain popular ‘80s doll, whose toes are only distinguishable by the thin thread separating them.

In this episode, we’ll be talking about the disputed creator of that doll, how the craze for this doll took off, and how Black Fridays of today can’t hold a candle to the violence and mania that ensued in the early-to-mid 1980s.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Cabbage Patch Kids.

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PIX News 11: https://youtu.be/VaQuxCWWTaI

Sources:

http://www.vice.com/video/the-secret-history-of-cabbage-patch-kids-011

http://www.glamour.com/story/cabbage-patch-kids-facts

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,921419,00.html

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=861&dat=19831127&id=LzMcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3VgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5445,7789961

http://archives.timesleader.com/1998/1998_21/1998_11_27_THE_MEMORIES_OF_A_DOLL_RIOT_VETERAN_SCARS_LINGER_FROM__83_CABBAG.html

http://www.babylandgeneral.com/about/our-history/

https://books.google.com/books?id=mbTUorcuXkoC&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq=atlanta+weekly+xavier+roberts&source=bl&ots=uu2r8Ut1oV&sig=rC7_iRO9D5iijajKaHo5aTTqbHg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjm1Kj7kdPQAhUi64MKHWCaC60Q6AEIQjAH#v=onepage&q=atlanta%20weekly%20xavier%20roberts&f=false