If you thought my doll Poor Margaret was strange then you might not like this post.
I'm sure we've all had a talking doll at some point. I had one, her name was Joan, she said "Mama" if you bent her forward. I loved her very much, but eventually, probably due to overuse, she started sounding like a constipated sheep and just uttered a sort of "mwa" bleating sound!
I discovered on the Smithsonian (I do the daily Sudoku) website an article about talking dolls. Seemingly way back in time when the phonograph was just in its infancy in 1890, Thomas Edison's company made dolls that spoke! Can you imagine the novelty that would have been in those days?! Someone has now managed to record what these sounded like. Warning - they are very spooky! Go to the Smithsonian site - but not if you are of a delicate constitution!
I did warn you!