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Real Simple is my wife's second-favorite magazine. Each month she makes me a little smarter. This month, her passing of wisdom coincided with my blogging time. So let me channel her, and share some knowledge about the kitchen.

"¢ "Did you know we should only be cooking with cold water?"
Hot water, you see, can leach lead out of pipes. Especially in older houses. Fusing pipes with lead was only made illegal in 1991. I have a sense my wife had an ulterior motive in telling me this. Our cold water faucet is leaking, and my solution had been to shut it off and exclusively use the hot. Anyone know a good plumber in North Jersey?

"¢ "Hey, we can use the wooden cutting board for meat."
I've always thought the grooves would get all meaty and gross and possibly toxic. But according to Real Simple, as long as I clean it with soap and really hot water, we'll live to tell about it.

"¢ "Let's throw out all those plastic Chinese food containers."
On occasion, I will transport leftovers using plastic containers we acquired through the purchase of Chinese food. At work, I will heat said leftovers in said containers. This is not a great idea. Certain additives used to make plastic more flexible can dissolve in food. Unless the plastic is FDA-labeled "microwave safe," heat your food in other vessels.

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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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