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.

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Grover Bluejoy Explains the Game of Chairs and I'm Terrified Sesame Street Will Get the Red Wedding Treatment

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Today in weird crossovers I'm not sure how to feel about: Game of Chairs, a Sesame Street Game of Thrones parody.  Complete with a Mommy of Dragons and tons of punny references to the deaths in the real show, this is probably the most uncomfortable Game of Thrones parody I've ever seen. There's something about Sesame Street taking on Game of Thrones that just doesn't feel right.  And wait until you see who they predict as the next king!

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?