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You Can Have Your Squid & Eat It, Too

Philadelphia Weekly's style blog (full disclosure: my girlfriend is the editor) ran a piece the other week (full disclosure part II: the writer, Emily, is a friend of ours) about making a wonderful piece of home décor"¦

An 8-foot giant squid pillow!

Emily provides dimensions and pictures of all the patterns you'll need and detailed instructions to get you from start to finish. I can't even sew a button back onto a shirt, but the idea of cuddling with a cephalopod is enough to make me want to try this one myself.

If any of readers decide to make one of these, please send us pictures. The _floss and the style blog will be happy to show off your handiwork.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world...

Elsewhere, however, they're eating squid instead of snuggling them. Beth, an Aussie PhD student in the biological sciences who blogs at Cloth and Fodder, isn't so much interested in another entry in the endless parade of fried calamari variations as she is in squid cake. Which is to say, a cake shaped like a squid (though squid flavored pastry sounds like something worth trying).

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It looks delicious, and the delightfully realistic eyes have a great story behind them. If squid aren't your thing (what's wrong with you?), Beth can also show you how to make an axolotl cake.

So there you go, folks. Get to sewing and baking!

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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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