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What you didn't know about the Muppets

What you didn't know about the Muppets

It seems like all my friends saw THE MUPPETS this past weekend, and the fact that these are friends whose ages range from 24 – 35 is a testament to the broad and timeless appeal of Jim Henson’s legacy. I’m slightly cursing him though because I’ve had the song “Mahna Mahna” stuck on repeat in my head (and now it’s stuck in yours). I didn’t know until recently that the original song, written by Piero Umiliania, first debuted in the decidedly kid unfriendly Italian film SWEDEN: HEAVEN AND HELL. I also didn’t know that Oscar the Grouch was originally orange before the color of his fur was changed to green in the second season. The explanation given was that Oscar “went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight,” which is subversively disturbing if you think about it. Was that a toxic swamp filled with mutated frogs as a result of illegal chemical dumping by an evil corporation? These are the kind of hard hitting questions that Big Bird needs to be asking on Sesame Street…

Cookie Monster's SNL audition tape

Cookie Monster's SNL audition tape

The Internet (and my Facebook News Feed) ate up Cookie Monster’s audition tape for SNL, which went rapidly viral. I’m sold. Lets start a Cookie Monster as SNL Host campaign.

Cookie Monster explains museum etiquette

Cookie Monster explains museum etiquette

From the time capsule from our youth, check out this old segment of the Cookie Monster teaching and singing about museum etiquette. The big takeaway here is that even if it looks yummy, don’t go eating the paintings. Maybe the woman who recently fell into the Picasso at The Met should have watching this segment…

On Nom Noam

On Nom Noam

Defined by Urban Dictionary as an “onomatopoeical adjective based on the sound emitted when something is ‘oh so tasty,’” OM NOM NOM is a classic Internet meme whose ancestry traces back to Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster who would utter “OM NOM NOM NOM” typically through a mouthful of (delicious) cookies to express his satisfaction. It…