It’s Not Barbie, It’s Bindi

She claims she doesn’t play with Barbie dolls, but perhaps she’ll make room on her shelf for her look-alike. Bindi Irwin is a doll. Really. The Emmy-winning daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin can now sit in your child’s bedroom. Well, at least a 10-inch version of the spunky tyke can. Wild Republic, a division of K&M International Inc., based in Ohio, just announced it is developing two different Bindi dolls. The first Bindi Irwin doll sports khakis, puffy pigtails and hiking boots, and comes with binoculars, a camera and other outback gear, as well as a cockatoo, … Continue reading

Muslim “Barbie” Dolls Coming To A Store Near You… Maybe

If you have ever left a toy store frustrated because you were not able to find a modestly dressed doll I have good news for you. An Indonesian mother who couldn’t find a Barbie-like doll dressed in conservative fashions finally took matters into her own hands. Sukmawati Suryaman spent months designing the Salma Muslim doll for parents out there looking to inspire the virtue of modesty among young girls. The 28-year-old mother-of-one’s new creation exploded on the toy scene and now the Salma doll is the latest must-have toy for girls in Indonesia. The name Salma is derived from the … Continue reading

No Barbie Dolls For Bindi

Forget about Barbie, for 8-year-old Bindi Irwin playtime is all about Blackie—-her black-headed python. Would you expect anything less from the daughter of the late crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin? In addition to Blackie, Bindi recently revealed that she spends quite a bit of time with Corny, her “lovable” corn snake (the one she sleeps with every night). Then there’s Jaffa her koala; Ocker, her favorite cockatoo; and Candy, her pet rat. The junior “Crocodile Hunter” is hoping to give her pets some serious airtime on her new TV show so the rest of the world can get to know them … Continue reading

Pop Culture Potpourri: “Sex and the City” Turns Back the Clock and Croc Hunter’s Mini Me

Have you ever wondered what Carrie Bradshaw was like as a teen? (And I’m not talking about Sarah Jessica Parker’s stint on TV’s Square Pegs.) Sex and the City is going back in time thanks to creator Candace Bushnell. The author recently announced that she is writing a series of literary prequels featuring her most famous character, Carrie Bradshaw. The pair of teen novels will reportedly focus on the high school adventures of Bradshaw, (who was portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker on the big and small screen) and be named The Carrie Diaries. Bushnell says that she is concentrating on … Continue reading

Crocodile Hunter’s Dad Gets the Boot from Son’s Zoo

Can’t we all just get along? There is a major disturbance going on in the Australian zoo created by the late Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin… only it doesn’t involve feisty animals. According to Australian TV reports, Irwin’s father, Bob, said he quit the family’s Australian conservation park because he had become a “disrupting influence.” That’s his story anyway. The Australian media have their own take on what really went down behind the zoo’s gates. Rumor has it Terri Irwin, Steve’s wife and mother of his two children, had fallen out with Bob Irwin following his son’s death in a 2006 … Continue reading

Steve Irwin—-The Ship

It’s been more than a year since “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin died from a stingray attack off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but his legacy is being kept afloat in a unique way. A conservation group just renamed one of its ships the “Steve Irwin.” The newly named vessel will form the backbone of the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Antarctic mission. Group leaders say they plan to use the ship to disrupt Japan’s annual whale hunt, and they are sure the late environmental activist wouldn’t want it any other way. With the support of Irwin’s widow, Terri, the group rededicated … Continue reading

What Do You Get When You Cross a…

…horse with a zebra? Or a lion with a tiger? Would you believe new animals? (Nope, I’m not kidding!) A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course, Unless It Is a…Zorse? I can’t remember where it was I first saw the image of the zorse. I believe someone sent me an email with a picture of one. My first reaction was, “No way!” But, yep, there before my very eyes was a horse with stripes…also known as a zorse. I had to find out more, and here’s what I came across at a place called the Spots ‘N Stripes … Continue reading

Dress Your Kids Like A Crocodile Hunter

Tuesday marks the first anniversary of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s tragic death off the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll recall the animal activist was killed when a stingray barb pierced his chest while he was taping a segment for his wildlife show. In the months since Irwin’s death, his 9-year-old daughter Bindi has made headlines picking up where he left off. Proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree Irwin’s daughter has morphed into “Bindi the Jungle Girl” and now stars in a TV show bearing the same title. “Jungle Girl” Bindi lives in a tree house and hangs … Continue reading

Celebrity Babies and Birthdays

I was fortunate enough to meet her the day after she won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, though I didn’t get invited to her wedding. Still, I am thrilled to spread the good news that gymnast Dominique Moceanu and her husband Dr. Michael Canales will be welcoming their first child in January. Currently, 25-year-old Moceanu is living in Cleveland with her foot and ankle surgeon husband and teaching gymnastics to girls who weren’t even born when she and the rest of her “Magnificent 7” teammates struck gold in Atlanta. Gymnastics may have been a … Continue reading

Celebrity Props

He may be gone, but Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin is far from being forgotten in his home country. The dedicated environmentalist, who was killed in a stingray attack last year, will be honored with a new wildlife reserve in Australia. According to government officials, a 333,585-acre chunk of land located in the far northern portion of Irwin’s home state of Queensland will be named after the popular television host and managed by his family (including his chip-off-the-block daughter, Bindi). The area currently houses a number of endangered species including the northern quoll, a carnivorous marsupial, and the speartooth shark. (Irwin, … Continue reading