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April 2nd, 2008

Scientists at Newcastle University have created part-human, part-cow hybrid embryos for the first time in the UK. They were made from human skin cells and depleted bovine eggs for the purpose of extracting stem cells.
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'They're here': The mechanism of poltergeist activity. An unfortunate release date, but they say this is no April Fool.
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An embarassing kick. The defending goalie makes an amazing block, but you can't expect him to defend against his opponent AND his own team!
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See a picture gallery of spaghetti intersections, baffling roundabouts, and terrible traffic jams. It's a wonder we ever get anywhere.
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Design Proposals for vertical urban agricultural buildings. Someday, "locally grown" might mean right there on your block!
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Astrologer Isaac Bickerstaff published an almanac predicting the events of the year 1708, including the death of rival astrologer John Partridge on March 29th. On April first, news of Partridge's death was all over London, and he spent the rest of his life trying to live down the hoax.
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The Elephant Song by Eric Herman is cute and clever. Makes me want to be five years old again!
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The 5 Strangest Stories in Vice and Sports. Athletes and substance abuse have gone hand-in-hand for ages.

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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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