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Educational Animaniacs Songs

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Part of the fun of '90s cartoon Animaniacs was the music. Each episode featured an original score. Some of them were just for fun, but many taught lessons. Here, six great—and educational—tunes from the show.

The Presidents

Sung to the tune of "The William Tell Overture," this song names all the presidents up to Bill Clinton, who was in office at the time of production.

Nations of the World

Name every country on the globe while singing to the tune of the "Mexican Hat Dance."

Wakko's America

To this day, I still hum this song—to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw"—when I need to recall one of the state capitals.

Yakko's Universe

Learn about your place in the world with this song about the universe.

The Senses

Education on the five senses.

Multiplication Song

Double-digit multiplication gets a little easier with this song.

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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.

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Jerry Lee Lewis

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