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Songs that Scare Us

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Sometimes, it's good to have a good old-fashioned scare. It gets the heart pumping, the adrenaline flowing and forces you out of your comfort zone, even for just a second. The scariest thing I can think of? Monsters. Here, six songs about 'em.

Furry Happy Monsters

A parody of REM's "Shiny Happy People," this Muppet version is arguably better than the original.

Thriller

Perhaps the most popular Michael Jackson song, "Thriller" features a scary date. Horror king Vincent Price did a voice-over for the song.

Werewolves of London

This Warren Zevon song was produced by Jackson Browne.

Purple People Eater

The one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater reached number one on the Billboard charts in 1958.

The Monster Mash

This song, originally released 10 days before Halloween in 1962, was partially inspired by the Mashed Potato dance craze of the era

Godzilla

Blue Oyster Cult was inspired by the film. That inspiration led to killer guitar riffs.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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