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"Weird Al" Yankovic has been a music parody icon for decades. But how does he get away with riffing on the world's most popular songs?

Throwback is a series from Mental Floss where we take a deep dive into some of the most fascinating stories behind the toys, trends, and events you might remember from your childhood. This episode is all "Weird Al" Yankovic, a musician whose timeless parodies have provided generations of fun-lovers with laughter.


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