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Every so often we host something called College Weekend, where we turn mentalfloss.com over to our college-going readers for one glorious Saturday/Sunday. If you're in college or grad school and want to write for mental_floss, here's your opening. Pitch your best story ideas to RSVP@mentalfloss.com by Monday, February 9th.

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1. After poking around the site to see the kinds of stories we publish, you'll send us a headline and a few sentences explaining your idea(s). You will not write the whole thing and submit it before we decide it's something we like. 

2. If you're one of the lucky ones whose idea we accept, you'll write your story and collect $50. We'll edit and fact-check it and run it under your byline on the weekend of February 28th (update: let's do this March 7-8 instead).

3. You'll forward the link around campus and to your parents' friends. Maybe you'll come up with another great idea and we'll do it all again on a regular old weekend.

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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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