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Feel Good News of The Day: 'Sesame Street' Introduces First Character With Autism
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Sesame Workshop is taking a step toward wiping away the stigma associated with autism.

A new character, Julia, has been introduced as a part of Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children. Julia will live digitally on an app that helps parents and children with autism communicate through story cards.

The movement to bring Julia to life has taken three years, and includes other pieces to the campaign like "The Amazing Song."

"Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group," Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, the senior vice president of community and family engagement at Sesame Workshop, told People magazine.

Sesame street and HBO's partnership set off twitter on a storm of jokes.
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Early Aug. 13, Sesame Street announced a surprising partnership with HBO that will give the premium cable network, known for graphic, graphic content, a whole lot of children's programming.

Sesame will be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons, and for the first time ever, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.



It didn't take long for Twitter to weigh in on this turn of events.























There were lots of True Detective season 3 jokes.



Thanks, Internet.

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Anti-vaxxers just got schooled by a little red muppet.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Sesame Street and The Daily Dot have teamed up in a new PSA about why vaccinations are so important.

In the 3-minute clip, Murthy explains to Elmo, who initially isn’t so keen on getting a shot, why he needs one if he wants to stay healthy. He compares it to wearing a bicycle helmet or carrying an umbrella when it rains.

Murthy talked more about the collaboration on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services blog:

Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools we have for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but they also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Among children in the U.S. born between 1994 and 2013, routine vaccinations will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.

And they both took a little dig at the anti-vaxxer movement at the end of the video.

“That was so easy. Why doesn’t everybody get a vaccination,” he says.

“That’s a good question Elmo,” Murthy replies.

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Youtube user Crysknife007 (purveyor of "ambient geek sleep aids and other eccentric long videos") has created a true monster out of your favorite Sesame Street vampire, with audio of The Count reading every digit of Pi out 10,000 decimal places.

The maddening video is 5.5 hours long, and includes his signature laugh in between each digit.

If you're curious how he accomplished this, you can read about the process on his blog, where he describes creating a similar video but with a rotary phone dialing each digit.

So how far can you listen before tearing out all of your hair and bashing your face against the wall?

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Via: cocoalasca
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This typing game was put together by cocoalasca. Created in HTML5 and Processing.js, you have to type words as fast as you can to hit the opponent, but the stronger the character, the harder the vocabulary.

Try out the game for yourself here!

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Reporter John Kelso showed up at an early voting poll in Austin, TX dressed as the Big Bird for a funny photo op and an article about his experience for the daily newspaper Austin American-Statesman.



You Saw This Coming of the Day is a feature series following the latest news in current events that have been on the ticking clock, as well as news and social media commentaries that are predictable or cyclical in nature.

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