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Last week I went to a backyard wedding where the main entertainment was not dancing or drinking but cheese racing. It may not be an event in the World Games yet, but this "sport" has at least four followers aside from the bridal revelers, according to (what else?) cheeseracing.org:

It was 1997 before the next great leap forward was made. Four friends had gathered in a quiet campsite near Osmington in Dorset. After an evening barbecue, their finely-honed analytical minds fortified by a combination of partially-cooked sausages, Stella Artois lager and Cockburn's Special Reserve Port (and several cigarettes of a nature which cannot be described on a family website such as this) an idea was hatched, as momentous in its own way as the ideas of Newton and Einstein.... What would happen if a [still wrapped] Kraft cheese slice was thrown onto a (still red-hot and glowing) barbecue?

What happens, apparently, is that the cheese boils, gases inside the package heat up and expand, and the wrapper somehow doesn't melt. Cheese racing (not to be confused with cheese rolling) simply takes this one step further; the winner is the person whose cheese fully inflates first. Although cheese racing originated in Britain, it works best with Kraft American singles. Word to the wise: Don't use reduced-fat cheese, which doesn't inflate nearly as well. Another word to the wise: Don't try to eat the cheese afterward.

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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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