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So Uncool It's Cool: The Corduroy Club

I was in Georgia this weekend, so tragically, I missed the second annual meeting of the Corduroy Club, an organization so ridiculous and Dave Eggers-ish that I'm sure it actually does exist. (The profile in last year's New Yorker also confirmed my suspicions.) At last year's meeting, attended by over 100 people:

  • "Betsy Franjola, manager of fabrics at Karl Lagerfeld... spoke about the history of corduroy, the different types of corduroy, popular misconceptions and the process by which the fabric was made."
  • "Awards for exemplary usage of corduroy were presented" to Vahram Mateosian and Christopher Lindland.
  • "Corduroy Club member Christina Stanley baked cookies that resembled corduroy and attendees ate them."

The meetings are held on 11/11 because, of course, it is "the date that most resembles corduroy."

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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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