An article in a toy trade magazine calls dolls and "Antidote for Race Suicide" because they would encourage white girls to have children:

1927

Source: Atlantic Monthly, 7/1/2006

 
   
  Number of years Barbie dated Ken:

43
Mattel introduced Ken Carson as Barbie's boyfriend in 1961. On February 12, 2004, Mattel announced that the couple "feel it's time to spend some quality time -- apart. Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end."
Source: Detroit Free Press, 2/13/2004

 
   
  State where Barbie was purportedly born:

Wisconsin
According to Mattel, Barbie was born in the town of Willow, Wisconsin.
Source: Chicago Sun Times, 4/7/2006

 
   
  Barbie's last name:

Roberts
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Source: The Guardian (London), 2/12/1989