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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Sesame Street by jimmycanuck
November 11, 2006, 6:32 pm
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I had a little spare time this afternoon, so I got to surfing around wikipedia and learned a ton of neat facts and trivia about everyone’s favourite childrens program.  20 great facts below;

1. Baby Bear is Jewish.

2. The Count is nearly two million years old.

3. The Count’s laugh after counting each number was discontinued over concerns of it frightening children.

4.  In 1985, Snuffeupagus ceased to be a creature only Big Bird can see.  The reason?  Concerns that adults not believing Big Bird about Snuffy would lead to children being afraid to speak out about sexual abuse.

5.  In the first season, Grover was brown, not blue.

 

 

6. Cookie Monster predates Sesame Street by 3 years.  He began his life as “The Wheel Stealer” in an unaired General Foods commercial, and went on to become involved in an IBM training film and a commercial for Munchos, where he went under the name “Arnold the Munching Monster.”  Back in these early days, he had a big set of sharp teeth and seemed a little more terrifying to kiddies than the friendly blue monster we all know and love.

7. During his first season in 1979, Telly was known as “The Television Monster.”  He had an antenna on the top of his head and his eyes would spin around whenever he watched TV.  In 1980 he was revamped into the worrywart we’ve all gotten used to.

8. Rosita, the only Hispanic Muppet on Sesame Street, is actually a fruit bat.

9.  In the first season, Oscar the Grouch was orange, not green.

10. In 1970, a single was released of Ernie singing “Rubber Duckie.”  It reached #16 on the Billboard chart.

 

11.  Bert and Ernie aren’t gay.  Get over it.  Sesame Workshop has gone on record about this.

12.  The pilot episode of Sesame Street that was screen tested in front of a number of families in July 1969 featured only one Muppet sketch.  It involved Bert and Ernie.  This was the only part of the show that tested well, so the show was retooled to focus more heavily on the Muppets, and to have them interact with human characters as well.

13.  After Jim Henson’s death in 1989, only a handful of “News Flash” segments, which prominently featured Kermit the Frog, were created.  In 2001, the sketches, both old and new, were abandoned completely.

14. Guy Smiley’s real name is Bernie Liederkrantz.

15.  The fat blue muppet that always plays a customer to Grover’s waiter has a name befitting his appearance – Fat Blue.

 

 

16. In 2002, a the South African version of Sesame Street, an HIV-positive muppet was introduced in 2002.  Kami is a five year old girl that became HIV-positive through a blood transfusion as an infant.  Her name is derived from the word “Kamogelo,” which means “acceptance” in several African languages.

17.  Contrary to popular belief, Big Bird is not a canary.  He’s a Golden Condor.

18.  Although the character of Elmo didn’t debut until 1984, the Elmo puppet was used regularly as a background Muppet since the early 1970’s.

19.  Barkley was originally intended to be an acrobatic ape rather than a sheep dog.  As well, he was called Woof Woof at first, only being called Barkley after several appearances.

20.  Ken Kwapis, the director of the 1985 Sesame Street film “Follow That Bird,” went on to be involved in the creation of such cultural TV landmarks as The Larry Sanders Show and the The Office.

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Comment by River Rat

How cute !

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Nice post, I liked it

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You have too much time on your hands ;)

Comment by blaze

you might have too much time on your hands, but it’s time well spent. =]

quite the fun little list.

thanks!

Comment by areyoumyrik

Big Bird is a golden condor?!!!!!!!!

Comment by iNOsaint

My god, I knew most of that. I obviously should have spent more of my childhood outside, playing.

Bernie Liederkrantz; haven’t heard that name since before puberty!

Who didn’t know Bird was a golden condor? I mean, it’s written all over his face.

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This was very interesting. Little known facts like these are always fascinating. Especially when it deals with stuff we grew up with and our children grow up with. Thanks for all the great info!

Comment by halosandwings

Brilliant. I can vouch for the scary count. We did a big mural of sesame street characters for our kids bedroom when they were little and in the end we had to put a poster over “the count” because my son was afraid of him. He’s 16 now and would not be chuffed to know I’ve let youz in on that though so keep it to yourselves yeah?

Comment by puddlejumper

Thanks for the info. As a 70’s baby, I still fondly remember watching Sesame Street and your blog brought me warm, fuzzy moments. Thanks for sharing.

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Comment by othepoet

Enjoyable post, thanks =)

Comment by Cauri

LOL.

Good stuff.

Comment by Chelman

Elmo was always my number one:)

Comment by fizia

Ala Peanut Butter Sandwiches!

Comment by Preston

Sesame Street is one of the most scientific childrens shows ever. Well, the newer stuff is pretty amazing too – they sit kids in a room and watch to see if their eyeballs stayed glued on the screen or not… crazy.

Comment by Brian

Great post. I read every one of them. Such a simple thing to keep me glued to the post! :)

Comment by maryt

read BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell….
Grover was always my favorite.

Comment by danieshaughnessy

Wow, this is awesome! I didn’t know any of this stuff :o

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great post.

I thought Fat Blue was Soundman Sam.
I didn’t know Big Bird was a Condor.

What’s the name of the guy who composed music? The guy who banged his head on the keyboards.
“I’ll never get it. Never. Never”

Comment by jericbilo

I’m 36, and the Count’s laugh still freaks me out!

Comment by graciestable

jericbilo – It was Don Music.

Comment by jimmycanuck

Awesome! Thanks for the info. :)

Comment by livinglyrics

Didn’t know cookie monster had other jobs…^^

Comment by Akiraman

I actually know the guy who did the orginal Count voice. He is in a fiddler band and one night while I was cocktail waitressing I asked him to do the voice and he said…
“Fuck off” and “No”

I said , please oh please, not detered…he said,
“I only work for money.”
I offered a dollar, he said “Fuck you, two.” I agreed and he said,
“I see von green eye, two green eye…ah, ah, ah, ah, ah! Now go and get me a fucking drink.”
I love Sesame Street.

Comment by cole

Hahahaha cole funny story! :D

Comment by blaze

Cole, I’m totally blogging that. Brilliant!

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“Kamogelo,” I like the meaning. I know for sure that never would have taken here in the states. It’s also kinda “strange” that Africa would have Sesame Street but then again you did say South Africa not Rawanda. I am a die hard fan of S.S…love those guys. Ernie is just too sweet.

Austin

Comment by Austin

Huh, those are really interesting. So much stuff I never knew, like “News Flash” and the Count’s laugh.

Thanks for posting.

Comment by Adam

hi, nice post. Mind if i blog this?

Comment by kacangsoya

go for it, kacangsoya. :)

Comment by jimmycanuck

regarding snuffleupagaus, i thought the reason they stopped having only Big Bird see it was because kids were having anxiety attacks everytime he appeared/disappeared. I can still remember watching with my sisters and all of screaming “No, but he was just there!!!” everytime somebody told Big Bird it was just his ‘magination. We really got worked up about it.
great post, thanks for the memories.

Comment by maikopunk

They may protest all they want about Bert and Ernie not being gay but if you get to see the 25th anniversary video, there is one song where all the male muppets are in the bathtub with Ernie singing Rubber Duck and at the end of the song all the male muppets disappear under the water and Ernie is left standing there. Also, Bob, the human, really is gay.

Comment by Michele Gustin

Bob has been married for over 40 years. Not gay. And, what does that bathtub scene prove? I think that you’re grasping at straws.

Comment by Leah

“17. Contrary to popular belief, Big Bird is not a canary. He’s a Golden Condor.”

Awesome.

Comment by Carly

yep, didnt know all that …
whats count’s favorite number again … ?

Comment by subcorpus

Per #11, that’s what they want you to think. ;)

Comment by drmike

What I don’t understand is how parents got the idea that not telling your friends about your imaginary friend would lead to not telling your parents about sexual abuse. Great information though, where did you find it?

Comment by bizzoony

I gre up watching Sesame Street and it was a lot of fun to read your list of trivia

blessings
mama kelly

Comment by Lady Rose and Mama Kelly

What I really want to know, though, is how Barkley works. 1 person or 2?

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muppet wiki has a description on how Barkey works! http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Barkley

While inside Barkley, the performer wears stilts on both arms.[2] In order to make his mouth move, the performer must pull a trigger on one of it’s stilts to close the mouth, and tilt his head to make it open.[3]

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This is awsome, i had no idea the cookie monster used to steal wheels!

Comment by tessa

Don’t forget the polemic C is for Cookie.

Comment by raincoaster

Great post! I was a proud owner of the “Rubber Ducky” album in the early seventies. I had an excuse because I was only about three or four at the time.

Comment by linusmann

Awesome post. My life has improved dramatically for having read this.

Comment by thirdpoliceman

One of my favorite bits of Sesame Street trivia is that the hit song “Mah Na Mah Na” was not first heard on Sesame Street. It was written by Piero Umiliani for the softcore pornography film, Sweden Heaven and Hell, and actually appeared on Sesame Street a year later.

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Good stuff to know, thanks…

Comment by blayde

Thanks for sharing such an information.

Comment by MechTech

Oh I loved sesame as a kid. I still remember how to count to 10 in french because of it. Can’t wait to start watching it again when my son is a bit older.

Comment by healthnag

Great post! :D

Comment by Vladmir

I never knew why they changed it so that everyone could see Snuffelupagus, interesting. BTW, I’m so not buying the big bird = Golden Condor story.

Cheers

Comment by Kevin

I loved Sesame Street when I was a kid and then again when my daughter started watching it. Now she think’s she’s outgrowing it… How can I tell her that you never outgrow Sesame Street? :)

Comment by pohlse

Another fact, I think there have been 3 adoptions on Sesame Street. Gabrielle (20 years ago), Miles (who is still on the show, I think) and Marco who was adopted last week.

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“follow that Bird” was the only movie ever to make me cry.

Comment by geniusjunkie

man I know all the songs from the sing along album put out in late 70s or early eighties…and oh my golly???gosh ,my favorite song is the lrtter L…My mother wouldnt allow us to watch M Rogers …???only sesame street…hmmm rock on

Comment by Kayla

I hope someone remixes “Rubber Duckie”. It would reach #1 if they did.

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Comment by snipedout99

Of course Bert and Ernie aren’t gay, being gay means being attracted to someone of the same sex within the same species. Bert and Ernie are obviously not the same species, one’s a cuddly brown football head the other’s a pissed off pointy head yellow thing. Their love spans across two seperate species, like Brad and Angelina, or a Fraggle and a Doozer. That’s why it’s cool that Tinky Winky finally hooked up with Barney for some serious purple loving because now Falwell can’t say shit.

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