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Park(ing) Day Through the Years

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Today was the eighth annual Park(ing) Day, a global open-source event dedicated to reclaiming public space. All over the world, groups designed and created small public parks, called parklets, in parking spaces. The event began in 2005 in San Francisco but evolved into a worldwide movement. Here, a look at some interesting Park(ing) Day projects from years past.

San Francisco, 2006

This parklet was created by Rebar, the group that created Park(ing) Day.

New York City, 2007

"Finally! Grass in Manhattan!"

Honolulu, 2008

Lots of live music made this space a joyful place to be.

London, 2011

At this silly parklet, dandies threw a tea party.

Dublin, 2012

Twister on Park(ing) Day is kind of brilliant.

Dayton, 2012

Yoga, drumming and storytelling were scheduled for this parklet.

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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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