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Armchair Field Trip: Baker, CA

Today we take a short trip to Baker, California, a small rural town located in the Mojave Desert at the junction of I-15 and CA-127. With a population of only about 900 people or so, if it wasn't home to the world's largest thermometer, you might miss it entirely. Standing proud at 134 feet (that's about 6.5 feet per local!), the thermometer was constructed by The Electric Sign Co. of Las Vegas, a company that manufacturers many of the neon signs dotting the Vegas strip.

But why 134 feet and not, say, an even 135? Simple: Each foot commemorates another degree on the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States, 134°F "“ which hit Death Valley in 1913.

One question remains, however: now with global warming out of control, what will they do when the record is broken?

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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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