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Gerrymandering is when politicians select their voters instead of the other way around. And it still goes on, despite reform measures.
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A monkey at the Memphis Zoo doesn't want to be part of the scenery for your picture. He wants to be the photobomber!
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New drug therapies may be able to erase traumatic memories, including those that cause PTSD, drug addiction, and certain mental illnesses. What could possibly go wrong?
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The Naked Cowboy is running for president -again. He's one of around 300 candidates who have filed to run, most of whom you've never heard of.
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They told young Matthew Grammer he could be anything he wanted to, so he said he wanted to be R2D2. From any other kid, it would be just a cute story, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation made Matthew's dream come true.
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This year's Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the biggest the city has ever seen. And the city was ready, with more emergency workers, better communication, and more available toilets than ever before.
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It's a kung fu kitty! This street-fighting cat will mess you up.
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Randy Halverson's gorgeous time-lapse video Temporal Distortion will remind you that the universe is a beautiful, wonderful place. The music is quite nice, too.
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The World's Strangest Animals (with video evidence). Hollywood's got nothing on Mother Nature for stretching the limits of the imagination.
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If TV Channels were Your Family. These are funny, but they also explain why everyone watches TV in a different room of the house these days.
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How are the Academy Award winners chosen? By industry voters who are mostly male, white, and older than you, who like pretty girls in dramatic roles.
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10 Presidential Ailments of a Very Specific Nature. History records that several chief executives would rather stand, thank you.

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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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