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Grandparental Knowledge

Excuse me while I channel my inner flailing stand-up comic. Do we have any grandparents in the audience?

[mild applause]

Any grandparents who like to give advice?

[applause starts to die down]

Any grandparents who know how to use computers?

[two people clapping in the back]

Oh, right. Unless your more tech-savvy friends printed out and mailed you a copy of this website, it's likely you can navigate the Internet. So let's get to the punchline.

In the tradition of Dear Abby, Elder Wisdom Circle aims to connect wisdom-toting seniors with advice-seeking youth. Their mission is "to promote and share elder know-how and accumulated wisdom. We also have a goal of elevating the perceived value and worth of our senior community."

As a lucky grandson of very knowledgeable grandparents, I think this is fantastic. The Elder Wisdom Circle was featured on NPR last year, and you can read some of their advice letters here. And if any of our more senior readers want to impart specific wisdom on our younger ones, comment away.

[The great photo above is courtesy of Mark Bottrell, creator of the "Pedro Lacks Political Experience" t-shirt. This is his grandma.]

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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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