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Just Plain Bananas

How is it that I've never stumbled across The Tattooed Banana site before? Billed as the only website "dedicated to the emerging appreciation for banana art," the site is chock-full of potassium, vitamin C, and hilarious art involving my favorite of the yellow fruits (sorry lemons!). My favorites from the page include an ultrasound of a pregnant banana (carrying a baby banana in tow), and the fake i-Pod baNano pictured here.

Of course, what I did notice was lacking from the site was a whole bunch of banana facts, so I'm including some from our latest magazine (from the one-pager "19 Essential Talking Points for the Banana Enthusiast").

  • Talking Point#3: On average, Americans consume 30 pounds of banana a year.
  • Talking Point #6: Woody Allen reportedly only named his movie "Bananas" because "there are no bananas in it."
  • Talking Point #12: The next time you're at a sports bar, lay off the Budweiser and ask the bartender if there's any Banana Wine on tap. Despite the fancy-pants name, this East African booze definitely doesn't need a corkscrew. The banana booze tastes more like beer than anything from Grandma's cellar.
  • Talking Point #19: As a kid, Lucille Ball was fired from a drugstore for forgetting to put bananas in the banana split.

Tattooed Banana link (via ShinyShiny)

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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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