adBlockCheck

'Sesame Street' Turns 40

Top Headlines

After Birth

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.

How To Adopt A Child

Adoption is a beautiful way to provide a loving home for a child, though it is a logistically complex process that might take months or even years to complete. Here are the steps involved in adopting a child:

The Pros And Cons Of Helicopter Parenting

The rising trend of “helicopter parenting,” or hovering over a child’s educational, social, extracurricular, and home life, has been praised by some as true dedication to one’s kids and decried by others for potentially smothering a child’s independent development. Here are the pros and cons of helicopter parenting

Conductor Fatigue Blamed In Massive Model Train Crash

BLOOMINGTON, IN—After surveying the dozen railcars and cargo of Lincoln Logs strewn haphazardly across the grass mat, investigators concluded Friday that a massive model train derailment was the result of conductor fatigue.
End Of Section
  • More News
Up Next

'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

After Birth Video

Sign up For The Onion's Newsletter

Give your spam filter something to do.

X Close