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📣 Bernie Sanders' mittens, memes help raise $1.8M for charity

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About those wooly mittens that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration, sparking endless quirky memes across social media? They’ve helped to raise $1.8 million in the last five days for charitable organizations in Sanders’ home state of Vermont, the independent senator announced Wednesday. The sum comes from the sale of merchandise with the Jan. 20 image of him sitting with his arms and legs crossed, clad in his brown parka and recycled wool mittens.

Sanders put the first of the so-called “Chairman Sanders” merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and stickers, on his website Thursday night and the first run sold out in less than 30 minutes, he said. More merchandise was added over the weekend and sold out by Monday morning, he said.

“Jane and I were amazed by all the creativity shown by so many people over the last week, and we’re glad we can use my internet fame to help Vermonters in need,” Sanders said in a written statement. “But even this amount of money is no substitute for action by Congress, and I will be doing everything I can in Washington to make sure working people in Vermont and across the country get the relief they need in the middle of the worst crisis we’ve faced since the Great Depression.”

The groups that will benefit from the proceeds of the “Chairman Sanders” items include area agencies on aging to fund Meals on Wheels throughout Vermont, Vermont community action agencies, Feeding Chittenden, Vermont Parent Child Network, The Chill Foundation, senior centers in Vermont and Bistate Primary Care for dental care improvements in the state, Sanders’ office said.

Sander’ attire has also sparked other charitable endeavors. A crocheted doll of Sanders in his garb was auctioned off online and Burton Snowboards donated 50 jackets to the Burlington Department for Children and Families in Sanders’ name, his office said. Getty Images confirmed that it will donate its proceeds as part of the licensing agreement to put the photo on the merchandise to Meals on Wheels of America.


Bernie at Murder and Mayhem of Hay-on-Wye.


Masked Mona with Mittens - Leonardo da Vinci

Salvador Dali - The Persistence of Bernie

The year before this picture was painted, Dalí formulated his “paranoiac-critical method,” cultivating self-induced psychotic hallucinations in order to create art. “The difference between a madman and me,” he said, “is that I am not mad.”

Bernie on Broadway

Bernie Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies - Claude Monet

In 1893, Monet, a passionate horticulturist, purchased land with a pond near his property in Giverny, intending to build something "for the pleasure of the eye and also for motifs to paint." The result was his water-lily garden. The vertical format of the picture, unusual in this series, gives prominence to the water lilies and their reflections on the pond.


Figure 7 – A true scientist at heart, Bernie’s observations from the Arctic provided some of the earliest data points for researchers now studying rapid changes in the polar regions.

He hypothesized that the wood could only have floated there from Siberia, and would prove his theory correct on a later voyage. He also caught his first glimpses of the coast of Greenland Christiania in August 1882, Bernie continued his studies for a further five years, during which he developed an idea to cross Greenland. At the time, all attempts to traverse the island had been made from west to east: by Nordenskiold in 1883 and by the American polar explorer Robert Peary in 1886. Bernie revealed his audacious plans in the fall of 1887: to ski across the ice, with three fellow Vermonters and two Lapps dogs in his team.

Chairman Sanders Hieroglyph

The Bern Warning - Winslow Homer

The Creation of Bernie - Michelangelo

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