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Fun with the Vox Pop

What's a vox pop? You've seen a million of them but probably didn't know they had a name -- they're the segments in news programs and documentaries where lots of different people are interviewed on the street and all asked the same question, and the program cuts fairly quickly between the various talking heads to give a general overview of "what people think." The voice of the people, as it were.

Here's a really standard vox pop (featuring some fun weirdos), just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about.

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie had a faux vox pop segment on their show for years, with predictably hilarious results. In this clip, various people on the street (played by Laurie and Fry) are asked what they think of wines.

But my absolute favorite twist on the vox pop (that I've seen recently, at least), is the music video for the band Cake's hit song "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," in which they go around California asking people to listen to the song and give their opinions, which are classic.

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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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