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I just returned from a very enjoyable weekend in picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lancaster is the heart of Amish Country, the mecca of sexually suggestive towns, and -- for one day in 1777 -- home of our nation's capital. Let's tackle those in random order.

Our nation's capital. On September 27, 1777, after fleeing Philadelphia, the Continental Congress set up shop in Lancaster. But only for a day. The mobile capital tour moved on to York, PA.

Sexually suggestive towns. On the way to Intercourse, we passed through Virginville and saw signs for Blue Ball and Paradise (admittedly less suggestive than the others). Intercourse historians are split on the origin of the name, which became official in 1814. Some say it was derived from "Entercourse," the name of a nearby racetrack. Others say the name was an attempt to position the town as a center of commerce, as "intercourse" had business connotations in the parlance of the times.

The heart of Amish Country. The movie Witness was filmed in Intercourse; the movie For Richer or Poorer was set there. As a window into Amish culture, Lancaster thrives on tourism. Buggy rides are everywhere, and so are farms, as illustrated by Google Maps. Farming and outlet shopping.

All in all, a good weekend. I'll be back, and promise an Armchair Field Trip next time around.

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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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