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Self-healing paint jobs: sounds like something straight from the fantasy worlds of Philip K. Dick or Knight Rider. Thanks to new innovations by Nissan, however, unscratchable paint maybe soon be coming to a car dealership near you. And this isn't one of those inventions that sounds future-tastic until you describe how it actually works. In fact, that's the cool part. According to the Times,

"Nissan's Scratch Guard Coat, made of a dense, highly elastic, urethane-based resin, behaves more like wet glue than dry paint: when nicked, it first absorbs the blow, then slowly flows back together to fill in the gap. The healing process is hurried along by the heat of the sun or, more expediently, warm water. Depending on the severity of the scratch, the surface will return to its original state overnight or by the end of a week."

So what's the catch? Well, the technology isn't perfect -- because the paint only goes so deep. Vandals intent on keying your car can still do so, if they push down hard enough to cut through the Scratch Guard and into the layers beneath. And if you run over the mailbox, I'm pretty sure Scratch Guard won't heal the dents in your fender. (Now that would be an innovation worthy of Knight Rider.) Still, it's a brave new world. Of car paint jobs.

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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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