Tuesday Turnip

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

Inspired by the big news this week, today I decided to type in "famous" + "hanged," directing me to several sites filled with wonderful info on a bunch of folk who were hung, but chose to do it themselves. (Parents of young children N.B. - If this list is any barometer, don't let your kids grow up to be rock musicians...)

  • Ray Combs, host of Family Feud
  • David Strickland, Suddenly Susan co-star
  • Ian Curtis, of Joy Division
  • Michael Hutchence, of INXS (hanging or possibly Autoerotic Asphyxiation)
  • Sergei Esenin, Russian poet
  • Tom Evans, of Badfinger
  • Gerard de Nerval, poet and author
  • Peter Ham, of Badfinger
  • Jonathan Brandis, an American actor.
  • Hans Berger, German inventor of electroencephalography
  • Harold Shipman, English doctor, serial killer
  • Phil Ochs, political folksinger
  • Fred West, serial killer
  • Hideto Matsumoto, Japanese rock musician
  • Paul Hester, former drummer of Crowded House
  • Stuart Adamson, former lead singer and guitarist of Big Country

And my personal fav: Ted Kaczynski, who tried (unsuccesfully) to hang himself with his underwear in prison

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Pop Culture
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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