The Greatest

A few weeks ago one of our readers referred to this as a "blog about facts," which I have adopted as an unofficial motto. Nonetheless, it's Friday, so let us get all wacky and fictional for a sec: If you want to spend your entire workday procrastinating, check out Wikipedia's list of fictional things (insert joke about fiction and Wikipedian accuracy here). My favorite excerpt so far:

Fictional people known as "The Great" (not to be confused with real people known as "The Great"):

  • Sheila the Great from Judy Blume's Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  • Edward the Great - title of an Iron Maiden 'greatest hits' album, named after the band's mascot Eddie.
  • Gonzo the Great character from The Muppet Show.
  • The Great Brain.
  • The Great Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.
  • The Great Gazoo from the cartoon series The Flintstones.
  • The Great Merlini.
  • The Great Pumpkin from Peanuts comic strip.
  • The Great Rupert from the 1950 film of the same name.
  • The Great Skeeve from the novels of Robert Asprin
  • The Great Santini.
  • The Great Suprendo from Sesame Street

And for those of you who think that jab at Wikipedia wasn't so great: Wikimania starts today.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling

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!

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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