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I've visited four of the five cities below, with Donaldsonville the sole exception. I've also been to Zanesville, OH, which would fit the list if it were considered Southern. (Despite what my lovely wife sometimes believes, the Mason-Dixon line does not run along the border between Michigan and Ohio.)

Please enjoy today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge:

Besides being Southern U.S. cities whose names end
with the suffix -ville, what specific trait do these have in common?

HINT: It has nothing to do with the Civil War.

HUNTSVILLE, AL
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA
DONALDSONVILLE, LA
FAYETTEVILLE, NC
KNOXVILLE, TN

Here is the ANSWER.

QUESTION:

Besides being Southern cities whose names end with the suffix -ville, what do these five have in common?  Huntsville, AL; Milledgeville, GA; Donaldsonville, LA; Fayetteville, NC; Knoxville, TN

ANSWER:

Each was formerly the capital city of its state.

Thanks for playing! Tomorrow, it's Wordplay Wednesday.

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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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