Things We Saw Today: Figure Skater at the U.S. Championships Gives Yuri!! On Ice a Funny Shout-Out

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Here’s a cute pick-me-up for all you Yuri!! On Ice fans. Joseph Johnson and Karina Manta recently competed together in the U.S. Championships for figure skating, and while waiting for their results, Joseph Johnson did the classic hand symbol that JJ from Yuri!! On Ice does to pump himself up! Since Joseph Johnson has the same initials as JJ, it only makes sense that he would relate to the delightfully over-the-top skater from the anime. (via Crunchyroll on Facebook)

  • If Fred Rogers were still alive, and if Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood were still on the air, then you can bet that there would be some counter-programming to combat Trump’s horrible policies. Here’s some information from a longtime researcher of Rogers’ work about how often the man championed against Reagan and Bush’s similar policies.
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  • Here’s the first group photo of the Aquaman cast–not in costume, just hangin’ out:

What’d you see out there today?

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