Why MPR Raccoon captivated the world, and what it tells us about myth and ourselves

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Unless you were on a total media blackout for the past 24 hours, you may have heard of what people are calling the MPR Raccoon (hashtag #mprraccoon, branded by Minnesota Public Radio, hence the MPR initials), an out-of-nowhere story that became so huge that Minnesota journalist Tim Nelson, who reported the story, never saw an audience response like this in 25 years of reporting.   For the one or two people out there who haven’t heard of this intrepid lady raccoon (and, yes, it's been confirmed that she's female), you may want to check out one of the many articles out there that give a full account of the who, whats, and whens. When I first discovered this story by accident on Twitter at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, while having trouble sleeping, I was joining in on the action in media res so I had no idea what was going on at...
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The Pop Mythologist is the founder and editor of PopMythology.com. He has been a staff writer for the nationally distributed magazine KoreAm , the online journal of pop culture criticism Pop Matters and has written freelance for various other publications and websites.