Advice of the Day: Surgeon General Tells Elmo Why He Needs a Vaccination

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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.

Math of the Day: Sesame Street’s The Count Reads Pi to 10,000 Decimal Places

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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?

Video Game of the Day: Sesame Street Meets Street Fighter in This Game You Can Play Right Now!

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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!

GIF of the Day: Vampire Kermit Bites Vincent Price

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It must officially be Halloween!

You Saw This Coming of the Day

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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.

Call Me Maybe Parody of the Day

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"You got cookies, so share it maybe!"

Cookie Monster refurbishes Carly Rae Jepsen's hit for the preschool set -- and more importantly, the Internets.


Playtime 2.0 of the Day

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Playtime 2.0 of the Day: Qualcomm demos its Augmented Reality-fueled Sesame Street playset that brings to life real-world Muppet toys and accessories using an iPad and Qualcomm's patented Vuforia AR technology.

This sort of next-generation model for playtime is bound to be controversial, not the least because it shoehorns children into a one-imagination-fits-all reality that leaves little room for creativity and inspiration.