Did Sesame Street Change Elmo’s Color to Red? No. Here’s Why.

Circulating in a frenzy are questions recently of whether Elmo’s characteristic red fur has been changed to blue, as a calmer less violent color — but such rumors are unfounded. There is no major news article about it, no press releases — just rumors.

Then there’s this TheDiscust article dated back to 2010 that talks about the change, except that the people quoted in the article are credited as “executive producer” Kermit The Frog, The Count, Bert, Elmo, and Cookie Monster.

Chances are, that people who googled to confirm this either merely saw the search result and concluded it as true, or perhaps even visited the link to discover the fake article that appeared to be authentic until you actually read it.. but didn’t bother to actually read it.

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How To Win At Bingo Blitz on Facebook

For those unfamiliar, there is a wildly popular Bingo-style game on Facebook called Bingo Blitz. Most of the people I’ve encountered rely purely on luck of the draw and never think about strategy.. because they believe it’s a game of luck, right? Not exactly. There is plenty of opportunity for strategy on a game that seems like it might be entirely luck.

Power-ups are how you win big. There are power-ups that give you 1 random free spaces, 2 random free spaces, instant-win spaces that (if drawn) make that card win even if there’s no otherwise legit bingo. To get power-ups, you can buy them in the game’s “store” with in-game coins you win from getting a bingo, or win power-ups when specially-marked numbers on your cards get called. Anyhow, if you’re a player of BB, chances you know good and well how to get power-ups.

I have what I believe to be a fool-proof strategy to win or come within the top spots of the tournament, but I’m still new to the game so my plan will take a long time to bear fruit. You however, may already have enough built up to use my strategy..

1. Gain enough power-ups to employ the strategy.
2. Get rid if all power-ups *except* the ones you want.

Say for example, your goal is to get an Instant power-up as the first power-up of each tournament round — there are five rounds in the tournament, so you’ll need to work your collection up to 5 instants. The only way to guarantee that you’ll be able to use one instant per round as the first power-up, though, is to have *only* instants in your power-up collection. In order to get your collection down to *only* instants, you have to play lots and lots of non-tournament games (like New York) and use up all of your power-ups, BUT never use any instants, BUT ALSO never to daub any numbers that have treasure chests on them.

Since your real strategy is trying to change up your power-up collection, rather than win games, winning games at this point in the process doesn’t matter. You can easily not-daub numbers with treasure chests on them because you know they might add more power-ups to your collection, which you’re actually trying to get rid of.

As fun as winning a single round or opening chests might be, your victory of getting an instant on the first power-up during tournament will be much, much sweeter. Whenever an instant comes up, or when a number is called that has a treasure chest on it, you simply DON’T TOUCH IT. By not touching it, you won’t use up the Instant you’re trying to save, and you won’t get random power-ups added to you collection that you’re trying to get rid of.

Once you have your collection boiled down to only instants, you’ll get instants immediately on every round. One way to help this along is, once you’re high enough in level, is to play Black Out. Since you have to fill up the whole square with daub marks AND since Black Out doesn’t let you use Instant power-ups, it will take a long time before anyone wins and also means that you can use up a lot of power-ups in that amount of time.

As much fun as it might sound to get Instants every round as the first power-up, I think the REAL strategy is actually to use up all of your instants, in fact. I think the REAL trick to placing high in tournament is to save up your DOUBLE DAUB power-ups, which place down two freebie marks randomly on EACH card.

One problem with Instants is that you can only use them once per round, and you won’t be able to use any more for that round — meaning, you’ll just have to get lucky and hope that those numbers are drawn. Double-Daub power-ups, however, can come up multiple times per round — meaning, you card gets filled up pretty quickly and you can get a regular bingo much faster.

On average, I’d guess I use up maybe 5 or 6 power-ups per round on Tournament play. If all 6 of those power-ups were Double Daubs, that would be 12 spaces ahead of everyone else, GUARANTEED numbers daubed PER CARD. Remember all those times you just needed ONE more filled? Imagine how easily it would have been if you’d gotten 6 Double Daubs and filled up TWELVE spaces MORE than everyone else — without even needing your numbers called!

My current goal is to save up six Double Daubs per round, so at five rounds means I would need to save up THIRTY Double-Daubs. I could probably get those pretty easily by just buying 9-packs from the store and just playing games trying to get as many treasure chests as possible. Once I reach thirty Double-Daubs, I plan to play cheapo New York rounds, match after match, and use up all of my power-ups EXCEPT Double Daubs. If one of the Double Daubs comes up, I simply won’t hit it and won’t be able to use up any more for that round. Eventually I’ll have nothing but Double Daubs, and I can put my plan into place.

Who’s with me?

Time Warner Cable/Roadrunner – How To Change “Lite” (1.5Mbps) to “Basic” (3Mbps) If You Ordered Basic

I’ve newly switched my Internet provider to Time Warner Cable’s Roadrunner cable internet, but discovered that although the site listed an “up to 3Mbps” speed for my order of the lowest tier available, the tech support’s system showed my system listed instead as “Lite” which maxes out around 1.5Mbps. After a couple days of phone tech support hassle, I finally got the number from one of the phone support techs to which I could report discrepancies between what I ordered online versus what I was showing in the system.

>> 1-866-410-4446 / Time Warner Cable, ordering issues

The man pulled up my account after I gave him the order number (which I had handy, printed from the web after the moment of ordering online) and noticed the discrepancy and corrected the issue in the system quite easily, despite several techs before him without that ability.

Hopefully this could save you several hours of runaround, trying to fix speed issues =) In chatting with techs online before the sale, I was told there is an in-company “80%” figure that qualifies an account for a “slow speed issue” regarding any cited “up to # Mbps” bandwidth tier, with the in-company goal of getting at least 80% of the max figure for the tier without any service-visit costs to get there. If your speed is less than 80% of the “up to” figure, consider giving their regular tech support (800-222-5355) a ring to see whether the accounts are correct, as mine had not been. The call the above number to get it corrected ~_^

List of Deadpan Comedians, Steven Wright, Mitch Hedberg, Etc

I was trying to think of the name of Demetri Martin, and tried googling “one-liner comedians” but couldn’t find his name very easily and caught myself just watching YouTube videos of them trying to jog my memory.. so I made this list. For you.

1. Steven Wright
2. Mitch Hedberg
3. Demetri Martin
4. Stewart Francis
5. Eric Albertson

You might also try Wikipedia’s entry for Deadpan, which also lists comedians. Is your favorite not listed? Comment!