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Happy Leap Day!

On the list of crazy stuff that's happened, the Henriksen family's Leap Day trifecta ranks near the top.

On February 29, 1960, Heidi Henriksen was born. Four years later to the (Leap) day, she was joined by brother Olav. And on February 29, 1968, the Henriksens achieved the improbable with Leif-Martin. Today, the Henriksens are celebrating their 12th, 11th and 10th birthdays. (Leif-Martin was kind enough to send us that family photo.)

Other people celebrating a birthday today (who didn't send in a photo): Ja Rule (February 29, 1976), former Law & Order star Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944), former linebacker Bryce Paup (February 29, 1968) and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins (February 29, 1960).

Last year, we learned that a few readers are also in this exclusive club (or at least are close to a Leap Day baby): Kate's mom (they turned 11 in the same year), Sandy, Alex, Moonablaze's friend, and Julie's boyfriend. And happy 4th anniversary to Jo-Anne and her husband!

Since last February, our audience has grown considerably. So I'll ask everyone born on this date to speak up and assure your place in our Leap Day 2012 post.

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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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