The Baby Jesus Doll: An Ideal Flop

The Ideal Toy Company was founded by Morris and Rose Michtom on the success of the first Teddy Bear. They had a string of hits from Betsy Wetsy to the Rubik’s Cube, but in 1958, they released their biggest flop. The Baby Jesus Doll was allegedly inspired by a visit to see the pope, and…

Keep Catholicism Weird

Historical mysteries Jeweled skeletons. Levitating saints. Ghostly processions. Purgatorial visions. Weeping statues. Incorruptible bodies. Peculiar objects. Curious art. Welcome to WeirdCatholic.com. In its 2000 years the Catholic Church has accumulated an attic full of oddness and a basement crammed with the bizarre. It’s part of the wonderful, rich tapestry of an ancient faith that spans…