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Kids Excited Mom Learning To Swear

PESHTIGO, WI—After a lifetime of assiduously avoiding the use of foul language, Helen Chernak, 59, is finally learning to swear, her delighted offspring reported Monday.

Parents Of Crying Child Must Not Be Any Good

WOODBURY, MN—Noting how the pair’s failure to promptly resolve the situation was a clear indication of their inability to raise or care for another human being, sources confirmed Friday that the parents of a crying infant must not be any good.

A Look At The Class Of 2020

This year’s incoming college freshmen will comprise the graduating class of 2020, with the majority of them born in 1998. Here are some facts and figures about these students and their worldview:

‘Rugrats’ Turns 25

This August marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Rugrats, the beloved Nickelodeon cartoon about intrepid baby Tommy Pickles and his group of toddler friends. Here are some milestones from the show’s nine-season run
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'Sesame Street' Turns 40

The public broadcasting mainstay Sesame Street celebrated its 40th anniversary last month. Here are some highlights from the educational program's four decades on TV:

  • 1969—The show displays a rough, experimental vibe early in its run, as evidenced by the fact that Oscar the Grouch is orange and Big Bird is headless
  • 1971—Maria joins revolutionary group the Letter Underground and kidnaps the entire alphabet
  • 1982—As Sesame Street turns 13, its age surpasses the highest number that any of its characters can count to, meaning that the show must rely on outsiders to tell it how old it is
  • 1984—Elmo is introduced as an outlet for the Children's Television Workshop's virulently anti-corporate viewpoints
  • 1988—When he is finally given a speaking role on the show, Sully the Construction Worker accidentally says "cocksucker" on air, leading to a $500,000 FCC fine
  • 1991—Ernie's harebrained prediction that a slower, sludgy new blend of heavy metal and punk could come sweeping out of the Pacific Northwest and change the face of popular music actually comes to pass, much to Bert's chagrin
  • 1999—Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits, explaining the NATO bombing of Kosovo by throwing firecrackers into Oscar's trash can
  • 2003—After decades of anxiety, paranoia, and depression, Telly Monster finally takes his own life

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