In my day-to-day life as Official Widget Homework Checker, your humble MS-QOTD has come to two conclusions: First, sixth grade classes were a LONG time ago. Fortunately, I have a long memory, but it’s worth noting that most of what I do remember is due to ‘Schoolhouse Rock.’ Mr. Morton gets me though diagramming sentences, Naughty Number 9 through upper-level multiplication, and Verb…

Well, Verb is just plain awesome. The songs and lessons from Saturday mornings past have stuck with me far longer than the instruction of Mrs. Copp, leading us to today’s matriculatory query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks that a large portion of the backlash against Pluto having been reclassified is because of the ‘Interplanetary Janet’ song, asking: Which of your favorite pop culture experiences was the best learning experience?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Sesame Street, the Old School versions of which I gladly pass long to my 3-yo boys.

    I dare you to try NOT to sing any of these now, without having to look up the lyrics:

    The Alligator King, The King of Eight, Lovely Eleven Morning, The Ladybug’s Picnic.

  2. Captain Planet is pretty much the only one I remember being somewhat educational unless you count one very scary kids animation in Finnish that warned about thin lake ice. They showed it every winter and it was creepy.

    • It actually infuriated my 6th grade teacher that a few of my classmates and I aced a few tests thanks to Animaniacs. The nations of the world, the US state capitols and a few other tests were easy thanks to some of the songs and other segments on the show.

  3. The Magic School bus – and I really, really, really wish they’d make more Magic School Bus games now. Educational games – like the Jumpstart series by Knowledge Adventure – were my childhood.

  4. Going to second the Magic School Bus, I learned more about geology from that show than I did in some actual science classes.

  5. I have a soft spot for Schoolhouse Rock from the 70’s.
    Lolly Lolly Lolly, get your adverbs here!

    Now, the ride of Paul Revere \ Set the nation on its ear \ And the shot at Lexington heard ’round the world

  6. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street taught me more than I learned in my first few years of school. But to be fair, I had a pretty lousy school and learned more from the PSA segments after G.I. Joe and Jem than I did in my first few years of school.

    • Brenning Dragonbred on

      Didn’t think of it until now, but I also had this Spider-Man math game based loosely on the animated series from the 1990s. I struggle with Dyscalculia so that game was difficult, but it helped me memorize some tricks to do a little better when dealing with simple math problems.

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