A bouquet of red and purple flowers sat on the front porch when Bailey Sellers got home from lunch with friends.
With it was a note: “You will be receiving this until your 21st. Love, Dad.”
Sellers had just turned 17.
As a raccoon made a pecarious climb up a tall building in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) broadcast live coverage of the tiny climber and the world quickly tuned in to the #MPRRaccoon saga.
In an age of increasing hostility on social media, this is a welcome breather. Will it make it down OK? Or need to be rescued?
A raccoon that found itself stuck on the UBS building in St. Paul, Minnesota, decided the only way to go was up. The raccoon made it to the 23rd story, and the fire department is trying to lure it to the roof so they can usher it to safety. #mprraccoon https://t.co/xWMW3yUq7C
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 12, 2018
Fred Rogers’s worldview, a kind of humanism that had roots in Rogers’s Christianity but expressed itself as a commitment to everyone’s dignity, is what helped many navigate the scariest events of childhood (RFK’s assassination, the Challenger shuttle explosion). And the power of that worldview, the film suggests, doesn’t stop when childhood ends.
For @dog_rates, Nelson usually tweets twice on weekdays, at noon and 8 p.m. He’s never scheduled a tweet, and he’s the only one who has ever posted (except Blake Shelton, who took over the account for a day last September).
It usually takes about 20 minutes to perfect a caption. Once a tweet goes up, Nelson says he’s “glued to it” like a TV network executive in a control room, watching the number of favorites and retweets climb into the thousands.
But Nelson’s empire is built on more than that. His brand of humor has become world-wide-web famous. For example, his dog ratings almost always exceed 10/10 — because, as he once fired back at a critic upset at inflated scores, all dogs are “good dogs.” The @dog_rates community enjoys a host of inside jokes, like the one in which Nelson frequently faux-reprimands followers for sending in animals that aren’t dogs. He even played a role in developing the language DoggoLingo, popularizing puns like “pupset” and censoring “heck” to “h*ck.” Because dogs just don’t curse.
Does this fellow look familiar?
There’s a ‘Mr. Rogers’ movie on the way!
And in addition, Tom Hanks will star in ‘Are You My Friend‘, about an Esquire reporter whose life was transformed when writing THIS profile.
The legacy lives on at: https://www.fredrogers.org/