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Jokes On 'Sesame Street' No Kid Could Possibly Get

List RulesVote up the jokes that you're surprised got to 'Sesame Street.'

The air is sweet on sunny Sesame Street, but sometimes the educational children's show takes a darker turn with more adult humor, or with Sesame Street-ified parodies of shows or movies that are decidedly not for children. Sometimes guest stars are involved, but the Sesame Street puppets themselves are known to venture into innuendo or more adult talk, too.

Adult jokes in Sesame Street are still pretty tame, and even the most sophisticated preschooler won't possibly get the humor or innuendos, so it's always a G-rated safe bet, and everything's A-OK for the little ones.

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    'When Cookie Met Sally’ Includes An ‘I’ll Have What They’re Having’ Line At A Deli

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    In "When Cookie Met Sally," a Sesame Street parody of the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally, excitable Cookie Monster has trouble waiting his turn in line to get food at a deli, so the more composed Sally tries to help him learn patience.

    When they finally sit down and chomp down on dessert (cookies, of course), a nearby patron says, "I'll have what they're having," recalling the famed line from the film spoken after Meg Ryan demonstrates what a faked intimate moment sounds like.  

    Surprising 'Sesame Street' humor?
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    In ‘Mike Rowe’s Dirtiest Jobs,’ Rowe Makes A Suggestive Comment When Oscar Invites Him To His Trash Can

    Video: YouTube

    Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel's former reality show Dirty Jobs, in which he profiles and joins workers who have messy/icky jobs, naturally visits Oscar the Grouch's trash can for a Sesame Street segment titled "Mike Rowe's Dirtiest Jobs."  

    Oscar tells him he has to get inside the trash can to do the work, and invites him to come in through the back door. Rowe responds, "I always wanted to go in the back door," although his comment fades away quickly thanks to editing so you don't clearly hear "back door." 

    Surprising 'Sesame Street' humor?
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    Bert Reads What He Calls A ‘Steamy’ Book: ‘Fifty Shades of Oatmeal’

    In a brief moment at the beginning of a Sesame Street episode segment where Ernie and Elmo try to get Bert to star in their movie, Bert sits on a bench reading a book titled Fifty Shades of Oatmeal, clearly a reference to E.L. James's widely read (and panned) romantic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Bert's book is considerably less R-rated. "One - beige. Two - tan. Wow, this is steamy stuff," he says.

    Surprising 'Sesame Street' humor?
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    ‘Desperate Houseplants’ Features A Male Gardener Who Waters Some Very ‘Dry’ Female Plants

    Video: YouTube

    "Desperate Houseplants," a spoof of ABC's Desperate Housewives, is "the story of some houseplants who are not getting what they need."

    Two parched plants sit on a windowsill as one laments, "I've lost my bloom. I haven't been watered in days."

    A hunky gardener in overalls and no shirt walks by and notices their sorry state. "Your soil looks... dry; you need water," he says. After treating them with his gardening can and lifting the shade so they can get some sun, they perk up considerably.

    "He knows what a plant needs," one says.

    Surprising 'Sesame Street' humor?