Fridge: Sesame Street

Fridge Brilliance
  • One odd piece of old vampire folklore is that they were compelled to count every grain of sand or each individual grain of rice in a pile. I have just been informed that Count von Count is a reference to this superstition, and that is awesome. —Haven
  • I remember watching Sesame Street as a kid and absolutely adoring Count Von Count, but never understood why they chose to have him in particular be the one who teaches kids to count. Years later, I learned about some vampire myths (other than "stake to the heart kills them" or "repelled by a cross") and one of these myths is that, in the event that a vampire is after a person, that person could scatter rice on the ground, and this would save them because vampires would be forced to stop and count every single piece of rice.Rocket Happy
  • One concerning Cookie Monster: Of all the characters to promote healthy foods, why him? Well, not only does it work for Irony (after all, it's really saying something if even a cookie junkie like him likes veggies and fruit), but one of the main hurdles of promoting healthy eating is encouraging the young audience to get over being picky... and no character in the entire show is less picky than Cookie Monster! I don't know if this was the true idea behind it, but it's kind of a neat notion to think about. —Shaka Raka
    • Except, y'know, Veggie Monster is a myth easily dispelled by sitting down and watching any recent episode of the series...but that works too. —Wack'd
      • Oh, I know that, but he's still been used as a spokes-monster for healthy foods a fair few times in the past; even on the front page of the official site for "Healthy Food Day." I never said anything about him being a "Veggie Monster." —Shaka Raka
  • It's easy to view Fat Blue/Mr. Johnson as The Woobie in the various sketches involving him as a customer and Grover as a waiter/photographer/tailor/rental agent/hotdog vendor/etc. However, if you watch some of the earliest sketches, you can see that Mr. Johnson is an incredibly fussy and obnoxious Unsatisfiable Customer who drove Grover crazy with his absurd demands. Later sketches involving Grover driving Mr. Johnson crazy with his supposed incompetence could be seen as Grover getting back at him for his Jerkass behavior. Laser-Guided Karma delivered by a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, with a dash of Beware the Nice Ones thrown in for spice!

Fridge Horror
  • One of the old animated segments had an elevator operator picking up a different character on every floor until on the last floor, a mouse caused the elevator to be overloaded and explode around the operator, who fell down the shaft. So what happened to the passengers? Are they dead and reduced to particles? What about the one who was a ghost, and should thus already have been dead? And did the operator survive the fall?
  • This could also double as a "Fridge Tearjerker". In the special video series made for military families called Talk, Listen, Connect, Rosita has to come to terms with her father being confined to a wheelchair. This in itself is pretty sad - especially when she tells him how she wishes that he didn't have to go to the hospital so often and that things would just go back to how they were, while on the verge of tears - but then it gets worse when one learns the story of her wings in this interview. As someone else said on the Nightmare Fuel page, "The fact she said it wasn't painful despite all this, and that she hates to think about it, makes you think it was such a bad injury that her body blocked out the pain the same way you do when you get a large injury." So, with this in mind, she first has to cope with her entire family losing their wings, in addition to her own, and this is then followed by her dad losing the use of his legs... Dear Lord, someone get this poor girl a good therapist!Shaka Raka