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February 6th, 2008

British scientists have created an embryo with the genetic material of three people. This opens up a whole new area of bioethics questions.
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A fifth-grader who belongs in the NBA. Or maybe the Harlem Globetrotters!
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100 things you can do with Google Maps. There are mashups for purposes from looking up zip codes to finding a public toilet.
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The Silk Rope and the Golden Cage. A look at the brutal lives of the mad sultans of the Ottoman Empire, including weird Ibrahim, fratricidal Murad IV, and the women who pulled the strings behind the throne.
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A chemist chef gives a glimpse of cooking seen as a series of chemical reactions. Once you know exactly how your processes happen, you can control them. Yes, he unboiled an egg.
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What happens when a bored bumblebee finds an electric razor? This is just bizarre enough that you'll want to swallow your coffee before you look.
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The 10 Star Wars Toys that Unintentionally Look Like Other Celebrities. Would it have been so hard to make them look like the actors who played the parts?
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I posted my first article here at mental_floss one year ago today: Periodic Tableware, about the periodic table of elements and how adaptable it is for other things.

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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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