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The Late Movies: What the Heck's An Internet?

It wasn't so many years ago, you'll remember, that the Internet was just a twinkle in Al Gore's eye. Soon after its birth came Compuserv, local-area dial-up bulletin board systems, AOL -- and a slew of TV segments and how-to videos designed to address the question that seemed to be on just about everyone's mind in the early 90s: just what is the Internet? (And to a lesser degree: what do I do with it?) Witness this gem from a 1994 edition of the Today show:

More prevalent were videos like this, handy primers on things like "electronic mail" and how to get dates, find jobs, and do homework on the Internet. Also, check out these sweet computer graphics!

"Eagles and whales are just a few of the many accessible adventures that can be researched using the Internet!"

Time for an important (and highly polished) PSA: don't illegally download. NOT EVEN FOO FIGHTERS!

And while you're at it, don't copy that floppy, either!

Remember, before you start "surfing," you'll need a MO-DEM.

A lesson in netiquette: careful not to "spam" or you'll get "flamed!" Also, more surfing puns. Ugh.

Even old people can do it! This video tries to be helpful but comes off seeming derogatory toward the elderly. They're old, not stupid!

The Internet isn't magic ... it's ... magic!

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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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