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Attention College Scribes Who'd Like to Write for mental_floss...

Years ago we had this thing called College Weekend, where we'd turn mentalfloss.com over to our college-going readers on occasional Saturdays and Sundays. They were eager and talented and willing to work for t-shirts (and a few bucks). I don't remember why that stopped, but it's time to bring it back.

We'll try to hold a College Weekend October 27-28. Our new Deputy Editor Erin McCarthy will be running this show, so send her your best ideas by Sunday, October 7th. Here's how it works:

1. Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student.
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2. Dream up three brilliant story ideas. We're looking for lists or Big Questions (or Split Decision-style quizzes).
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3. Email those ideas to erin@mentalfloss.com. We just want a headline and a few sentences explaining the story or quiz. Please don't write the whole thing and submit it before we decide it's something we like. Also include a link to something you've written that's online. Anything you're proud of.
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4. If you're one of the lucky ones whose story idea we accept, we'll pay you $25 and send you the mental_floss t-shirt of your choice. You'll write your story. We'll edit and post it under your byline. You forward the link around campus and to your parents' friends.

So, go think about what you'd like to write and we look forward to your pitches!

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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