Sesame Street celebrated its 44th anniversary this week, and even after all this time, those Muppets haven't aged a bit. Perhaps it's their ingenuity that makes them timeless, or their very astute observations on life.
Here are the 10 best lessons we've learned from our favorite characters on Sesame Street:
1. Oscar the Grouch - Invest in emerging real estate. Not only does Oscar love living in a garbage can, he rarely leaves his crib. While most people would have turned up their nose at such a fixer-upper, it's pretty much the best thing that ever happened to him.
2. Elmo - Build your brand. After making it big on "Sesame Street," Elmo leveraged his success to become an international superstar. He appeared as a regular on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and co-hosted "Martha Stewart Living," "The Tony Danza Show," "Emeril Live," and "The View." From there, Elmo went total Hollywood and picked up a merchandising deal. Remember the Tickle Me Elmo craze of the late '90s? After that, you pretty much couldn't talk to him.
3. Big Bird - Take risks. Though he's eight feet tall and covered in feathers, Big Bird will try anything, and always comes prepared. Even when a Swedish Chef tried to cook him for dinner in "A Muppet Family Christmas," Big Bird expressed no fear, convincing the chef to rethink his meal by offering him homemade, chocolate covered birdseed. After that, he was a legend among fowl worldwide.
4. Count Von Count - Do You. Some people think the Count's a little wacko because has to count everything - like everything - and can't be interrupted in the process. Nevertheless, the Count shows conviction. He loves numbers, and he's not ashamed. He's also never short on dates, so word up to our accountant friends out there.
5. Grover - Never Give Up On Your Dreams. Grover may seem like your ordinary blue monster, but secretly, he knows he's Super Grover. He can't actually fly, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
6. Cookie Monster - Treat Yo'self - What has the world come to if you can't eat a cookie or two or 20 on the regular?
7. Ernie - Don't Underestimate Good Hygiene. Admit it - you've got a rubber ducky in your bath too.
8. Snuffleupagus - Everybody needs a friend. Even if they are imaginary, or weird sort-of elephants.
9. Bert - Use Your Imagination. Bert loves oatmeal and watching pigeons. We don't see it either, but maybe we're missing out?
10. Jim Henson - The Best Way To Tell Stories Is By Using Colorful Puppets Who Live On a Sunny Block Where the Air is Sweet