YouTube / Sesame Street
YouTube / Sesame Street

11 Sesame Street Videos for Earth Day

YouTube / Sesame Street
YouTube / Sesame Street

Sesame Street has tackled all sorts of issues, so it's no surprise that there are at least 99 Sesame Street clips related to Earth Day, or environmental messages in general. Below, a bunch of my favorites. Enjoy!

1. Oscar the Grouch - Recycling

"Too bad Gordon and Susan didn't take those 200 newspapers to the recycling center."

2. Fur Jam - Conserving Water

Fur Jam/Pearl Jam: "A shower / you must taaaake / But don't be too long / 'cause you just might go and empty a lake."

3. Cookie Monster - Littering

"What me do with the box? My don't see trash basket. Eh, what the hey."

4. "Air Bear" - Upcycling

Not sure whether this is pro- or anti-throwing plastic bags on the sidewalk.

5. Oscar the Grouch - Littering

What a beautiful spoof of the karaoke song that kills!

6. "Old Paper, New Paper" - Recycling

That music takes me back.

7. Kermit the Frog - Wetlands Preservation

"Keeping it clean to begin with—yes, that's the smart thing to do."

8. Ronnie Trash - Littering

"As I travel the highways and byways, I see all manner of trash where it doesn't belong!" They manage to work both "I Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire" into this.

9. Cameron Diaz & Grover - Trees

"[Trees] don't seem that absorbent to me!"

10. Paul Rudd & Elmo - "It's Easy Being Green"

This song is basically an excuse for Paul Rudd to be dressed up in a planet-ball, but I'll take it.

11. Kermit - "It's Not Easy Being Green"

We miss you, Jim.

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]


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