Sesame Street

14 Celebrities’ Holiday Cookie Recipes

You can probably guess that we have sweet treats on the brain. It’s the holidays, and we did recently show you how to host a hipster cookie party. With everyone’s ovens working overtime, is it any wonder we’re craving cavity-inducing yumminess? After we spotted a holiday recipe from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his family (it’s in a new cookbook filled with recipes from technology gurus), we wondered what other famous people are snacking on while they make merry. It felt like the right time to host an online cookie exchange. Get personal recipes from Neil Patrick Harris (he loves his cookies “ooey gooey”), Cookie Monster, and many others past the break. Report back to let us know how the taste test went. … Read More

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Accuser Recants Allegations Against Elmo Puppeteer, Kevin Clash

“I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further,” Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street’s Elmo, said after his accuser recanted recent claims of underage sex. The 23-year-old, unidentified man’s law firm issued this statement: “He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we remembered several Nickelodeon toys most people probably forgot about. We found out what Lil Wayne vs. Rent sounds like. We enjoyed The Onion’s 1990s-riffic BuzzFeed ribbing. We practiced a series of bets that are proven winners. We loved seeing all the cute pups… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Did you go see Skyfall over the weekend? The movie pulled in $90 million at the domestic box office, making it the biggest Bond film opening in the 50-year-old franchise’s history. [via Vulture]

2. Kevin Clash, who has voiced Sesame Street’s Elmo for the past 28 years — and charmed us all… Read More

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Al Roker and Kermit Present The ‘Sesame Street’ Hurricane Kit

We’ve been a little worried about what to do to prepare for the hurricane that is apparently barreling towards the East Coast, but now we can rest easy: as in all other things in life, Sesame Street knows what’s best. In this special hurricane episode, the denizens of Sesame Street buckle down to weather the storm, stocking up on food, bringing things in from outside, and taping windows. All with a lot of cooperation, of course. Click through to watch the first part of the video, and then watch the rest on the Sesame Street Hurricane Kit page, which also features tips and activities to help kids feel safe during a big storm. … Read More

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Million Muppet March Planned to Protest Romney's PBS Threat

Mitt Romney should have known better than to diss Big Bird. Despite Sesame Street’s reluctance to get involved with politics, a pair of fans are planning the Million Muppet March (which looks like it may have recently been renamed the Million Puppet March) in response to the candidate’s promise to defund PBS. Animation… Read More

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‘Sesame Street’ Not Cool With Obama’s Big Bird Campaign Ad

Sesame Workshop has asked the Obama campaign to take down a new campaign video that features a character that’s been getting a lot of attention recently: Big Bird. The video mocks Mitt Romney’s vow to end the federal subsidy to PBS by cheekily painting Big Bird as a nefarious “evil genius” and menace to our economy, with Romney as the only man brave enough to go up against him. But friendly as he seems, the big yellow bird’s not having it. The folks behind Sesame Street posted this statement on their blog: “Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.” Watch the offending video after the jump (while it lasts), and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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The Pop Cultural Landscape (According to Books)

Earlier this week, we spotted a great list of the most mentioned songs in literature over at PWxyz. They’d gotten their info from Small Demons, a fantastic website devoted to connecting books to each other and to the world in interesting ways. Inspired, we did some exploring of our own, and came up with a snapshot of the pop cultural landscape — at least if our books can be believed. Though all of these lists are of necessity always changing as new works get added to the database (and the world), we still think they give a pretty good picture — click through to see the artists, musicians, songs, films and even clothing brands that get most mentioned in literature printed in English, and let us know if you think the book world reflects our culture accurately in the comments. … Read More

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Watch Sesame Street’s Hilarious ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Parody

Sesame Street’s parodies of popular TV series are pretty hard to resist. Remember Sad Men? Or True Mud? How about when Liz Lemon was played by a lemon in 30 Rocks or that spot-on send-up of Glee from last fall? If you love these spoofs as much as we do, then you’ll be happy to hear there’s a new skit that takes its inspiration from one of the most ridiculous sources to-date: HBO’s violence- and sex-packed gangster drama, Boardwalk Empire. Click through to watch Nucky Ducky Thompson face-off against Clucky Luciano and Agent van Cuckoo on the “Birdwalk,” and let us know in
the comments what totally inappropriate TV show you’d like to see Sesame Street tackle next. Any takers for Breaking Bad? … Read More

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Upsetting Knit Sculptures of Childhood Heroes Fallen on Hard Times

If you have a strong connection to your stuffed Pooh bear, you’d better look away now. In knitwork artist Patricia Waller’s Broken Heroes series, now up at Berlin’s Galerie Deschler, which we recently spotted over at We Heart, your childhood heroes have fallen on some hard times — Bert is scruff-faced on the street and Ernie-less, Superman has made a serious miscalculation in his navigation, and we’re not even sure how Spider-Man got into that position. Waller’s witty pieces range from lighthearted to incredibly dark, but they’re all imbued with a twisted commentary on the one-dimensional personas of pop culture standbys. Click through to be shocked by how far cartoons can really fall, and then if you haven’t had enough, head over to Waller’s website to see more of her work. … Read More

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