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Should people be required to earn a GED to receive unemployment benefits? It might sound like a good idea, but it's a burden on educational facilities, older workers, and hardworking but intellectually deficient people.
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President Obama shot marshmallows from a cannon inside the White House at the Science Fair yesterday. No, Mom won't let you do that in the house, but you're not the president, are you?
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The Lair of the Clockwork Book is the latest serial from Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, about a book that constantly adds to its own knowledge, including knowledge about those who consult it. The serial began a year ago, so you can read just about all of it now.
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Here's a valentine for female movie buffs: Hot Guys Saying "I Love You." A supercut of what you really want to hear from a leading man.
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Chicago Man Gets Stuck In Elevator Twice In One Day. There's an elevator maintenance company somewhere that just might lose its contract.
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The oldest human paintings yet discovered are Neanderthal depictions of seals found in a cave in Spain. They've held up pretty well over 42,000 years.
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The 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi, sped up to fit into five minutes, is a wild ride. The resulting short film is called Balance Out of Life.
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Your daily dose of adorable comes in 20 pictures of cute koalas. Asleep. In trees.
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A federal court overturned Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark decision. But no weddings will be performed until the other side gets a chance to appeal.
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The Stories Behind 5 Old American Brands. For example, Baker's chocolate is both a descriptive name and was named after a baker named Baker.

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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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