Nightmare Fuel / Sesame Street

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Sesame Street may be the only kids' show in history to be sold on DVDs (specifically, the "Old School" sets featuring classic episodes from the '70s and '80s) that actually warn you that they may not be appropriate for children. After watching some of the clips on this page, you'll probably see why. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to a child psychiatrist?!

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  • This is so prevalent that there's a huge forum thread on a Muppet forum over what sketches scared posters the most.
  • Look at most videos featuring Placido Flamingo on Youtube. Half the comments are on how he terrified children.
    • It was heavily rumored this was why the character is no longer used on the show, but it apparently was due to the puppeteer's death, which brings up a lot of questions entirely.
  • In the classic "Monster in the Mirror" song, there's a surprisingly scary sequence in which Grover is walking down a street with his crudely drawn reflection in the store windows. At one point, the reflection begins to grow and grin in a manner befitting a slasher villain.
  • A frequently cited example of this is the sketch where Bert and Ernie are exploring a pyramid. In it, there's a really creepy looking statue that looks almost identical to Ernie that moves and talks in a severely creepy voice when Bert's not in the room.
    • Somewhat defused when Ernie discovers it knows "Rubber Ducky".
      • In the 90's, the sketch was trimmed a bit and music was added during the more frightening parts.
  • Kermit's lecture on the "Sound of B". The ending has Beautiful Day Monster screaming the "B" sound while the screen turns white (apparently to simulate the effect of the camera lens fogging up from the sound.)
  • "Count to Ten with Nobody". An odd little sketch from the early years of Sesame Street, where a floating face that looks like it's made of rubber bands, with quite possibly one of the scariest voices ever heard on the show, counts to ten while weird animations and sound effects play continuously in the background. What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?, indeed.
    • Which was actually based off THIS early Jim Henson film.
  • The infamous "Geometry of Circles" segments. As mystical as they are, they simply aren't suited very well to an easily frightened young audience.
  • The classic segment "Daddy Dear" scared quite a few children back in the day. Of particular mention is the roaring dandelion.
  • The part that was frightening kids in the song, "Be My D" was the loud voice of Radio DJ anything muppet named Bushman Bill (who introduced the song). Although Bushman Bill can terrified kids, They can agree that song was nice and catchy.
  • The Monsterpiece Theatre segment "Twin Beaks". Sure, it's a hilarious segment, but the double-beaked birds just look plain wrong.
  • A commonly mentioned one is the "I Beam" film. The highly suspenseful music in the background is just plain unsettling.
  • In the classic segment "Disco Frog", a really freaky-looking ghostly silhouette of Kermit is featured. And in case you were born just a bit too late to catch it when it was still being used on the show, it made a return on an episode of Shalom Sesame (a miniseries about Israeli culture that aired in 1986 and 1990), this time partly dubbed into Hebrew. If anything, the dubbing made it even freakier.
  • This creepy as hell segment. Whoever designed that bird must've been having one hell of a trip.
  • "Annie and Arthur Look for an A". You know what else begins with "A"? Aneurysm, and the announcer apparently drops dead from one at the end of the segment.
  • There was also the Mysterious Theater sketches from the early 1990s. Though the stories about Sherlock Hemlock and his sidekick dog, Watson, weren't so scary, the opening title card (featuring a sad woman in mourning clothes next to a gravestone with the title on it, taken directly from the real Mystery! intro), the music, and the host Vincent Twice (a Muppet parody of former Mystery! host Vincent Price) scared many viewers during its run. It could be a reason why the segments have never been released on home video or rerun since 1999.
  • Kermit's W lecture. The first part is unsettling with Cookie Monster trying to eat Kermit. And in the second part, the W becomes sentient and attacks a struggling Kermit.
  • The ending of Kermit's More-and-Less lecture. After Kermit scolds Cookie Monster and lightly threatens to "teach a lesson", a gang of creepy monsters start surrounding poor Kermit in a threatening manner. The scary music does not help.
  • This short skit about the letter G certainly qualifies. "G" words were recited by a girl (that resembled a black version of PC-98 Alice Margatroid) on a stage with short cutscenes demonstrating the meaning of that word. It would have been completely forgettable if not for the last word spoken: "Gone", with a camera cut-back to the stage to show Alice gone. Sure, she could have just left, it being the end of her role...but why are her clothes still on the chair!? And why does that giant "G" that comes up right after that look so menacing?
  • Another unsettling G skit [1] has Grover next to a foam-rubber G as he talks about the various G words and how important they are. As he talks, the G begins move back and forth, and moreso, groan in a rather alarming way, all unnoticed by Grover of course. By the time he gets to the word "grow" at 1:40 the G begins to grow at an alarming rate as well as constantly growling; Grover finally runs offstage before the letter explodes.
  • The Count, especially in early skits, with his power of hypnosis to get people to do what he wanted or to get them to stay out of his way. Two examples included:
    • In one of his earliest appearances, Ernie was building a pyramid of blocks and wanted to take a picture of his creation, asking Bert to make sure nobody disturbs it while retrieving the camera. However, the Count walks in and begins moving the blocks; when Bert tries to stop Count, he is whammied. Later, when Ernie returns and scolds Count, he, too, gets zapped, while Count finishes his counting.
    • A Charlie's Restaurant skit from early 1973 where, after admitting to waiter Grover that he had no intent to eat his hot dogs and that he simply wanted to count them (the skit was about simple addition), Grover balks at getting him more. Before Grover can ask the bouncer to have the Count thrown out and asked not to return, the Count zaps Grover, telling him "Go, go and bring me another hot dog." In a trance, Grover says, "Yes ... sir!" before fast-action music and film show Grover bringing out more and more hot dogs and the Count having the time of his life, before an exhausted Grover succumbs to delirium. Although intended to be comedy (due to the fast-action sequence of Grover getting hot dogs), the Count's hypnotic power proved so scary for kids that CTW removed it. The skit can be viewed here.
    • Another sketch has the Count sleeping over at Ernie and Bert's place, and keeping Ernie awake by counting sheep. In the morning, an extremely haggard, zombie-like Ernie emerges, in a daze and still counting. ("Forty-three thousand...eight hundred and ninety-one...forty-three thousand...eight-hundred and ninety-two...") Though the way Ernie randomly interjects "Sheep." in the same dazed monotone when Bert tries to get his attention might be funny enough to be Nightmare Retardant.
  • The Vishnu Sketch showed a four-armed Hindu god or some such counting to twenty on his fingers while a female voice-over sang the numbers to a vaguely Indian-sounding tune. When you're 2, there is something indefinably creepy about that.
  • In the "Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake" special, Cookie Monster resists his temptation to eat Big Bird's birthday cake...by eating everything else on Sesame Street. Not all the food. Everything. At one point, he was shown actively eating a lamp post. The show cut back from one of the skits, and the camera panned over Sesame Street, which looked more like a war zone.
  • There was a standalone Elmo sketch where British comedian Ricky Gervais appears at Elmo's bedtime to sing him a "celebrity lullaby". After some funny parental bonuses, Ricky then begins the song, centered on the letter N—which begins by gently singing about nighttime and nightgown... to SCREAMING "NAHNAHNAHNAHNAH" at the top of his lungs at a traumatized Elmo, who responds with a theme-appropriate "No!" and ends up too terrified to sleep.
  • This short that tried to teach kids about pattern completion. The sound that plays when the missing space is revealed is horrifying.
  • The first Snuffleupagus puppet. Just... what were they thinking?!
  • Here is an orange with a face made out of random stuff. She sings opera. And then her face explodes.
  • It's the Viacom Train of Doom!
  • The ending to this cartoon about the letter "Y", where after a talkative yak is called a "yakity yakity yak" by the narrator, the yak goes nuts and charges toward the screen with wild eyes, shattering the screen.
  • The Wegman Dogs. For some, their first introduction to Uncanny Valley – either a dog's head on a human's body, or human hands on a dog that's walking erect for some reason, all wearing clothes and wigs and speaking in creepy monotone. Some people look back fondly on these sketches. Still, just as many admit to shuddering upon viewing the shorts today.
  • "Wet Paint" by How Now Brown and the Moo Wave. The YouTube comments speak for themselves.
    • The band's other song, "Danger's No Stranger", wasn't much better. Same musical style, but now it's about things that can hurt you. What fun!
  • Two cosplayers showed up to Dragoncon 2012 dressed up as a realistic-looking Ernie and Bert. Unfortunately, it ended up looking very uncanny, to the point where the article calls them "Childhood Ruining Nightmare Fuel". See the horrifying, terrifying photos here and here...if you dare!
  • The "Teeny Little Super Guy". Sure, he dispenses good, down-to-earth advice... but damn it if he isn't creepy. The way he rises up and down from solid surfaces like a ghost, his gravely smoker voice and the choppy, awkward animation make him very unsettling to watch.
  • This particular sketch, which was first transmitted circa 1986, is pure Nightmare Fuel. It features creepy wind-up toys doing things of their own accord and a mechanical arm that plays piano and spells out "SESAME STREET", intercut with footage of satellites. To top it off, it's all set to Janko Nilovic's "Portrait d'Un Robot", a creepy-as-heck piece of music (for any Australian fans playing at home, it was also the "Rocket Clock" theme from Play School). It's implied that its purpose is to somehow teach kids about machines and mechanics, but it just smacks of What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?.
  • Similarly, the classic 1970s Bert and Ernie song, "Imagination", was originally a longer storyline, in which we actually see Ernie having nightmares about "Dark shadows, spooky things, and spooky scary monsters that creep up at you and go, 'Wubba-wubba!'." Ernie's nightmare ended up being too scary for the kids watching, so instead of the whole storyline being used for an episode of the show, just the part where Bert helps Ernie calm his fears by imagining balloons with the song "Imagination" was used as an insert.
  • Rosita originally had wing flaps, as she was a fruit bat. After several seasons, they removed the flaps, and she became a monster. The in-series reason is that she was gliding through a cave with her family and it was so windy that they blew off. Let that sink in for a moment. 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.
  • This is a big letter V. Not bad until the very end. Ow. Ow. Ow. (And did I mention ow?)
  • These kids are seen running and hiding from a giant fucking mutant rabbit. Even worse is when the funky BGM stops dead in its tracks when the kids hide behind trees and the rabbit passes by without seeing them, and then continues on as if nothing happened once it passes (and the kids run off).
  • The 1976 episode where Margaret Hamilton reprised her role as The Wicked Witch of the West is currently lost. The one time it aired, numerous parents sent hate mail saying it was too frightening for their children, and at least one Wiccan mother complained that the episode represented negative stereotypes of witches. It was banned due to the heaps of nightmare-inducing terror it featured according to parents.
  • Telly Monster's original design and characterization with his swirling eyes, antennae head, and druggie-like addiction to television. It's easy to see why Mr. Hooper is so frightened.
  • The "Cracks" animated segment, in which a girl imagines the cracks on the walls of her house as various animals, culminating in the monstrous "Crack Master." Once the Sesame Workshop stopped playing it, it was not seen anywhere until Christmas Eve 2013, when it was finally uncovered by The Lost Media Wiki.
  • This seemingly-pointless cartoon from the 70s that features a woman in profile's features randomly morphing, accompanied by loud whizzing Moog synthesizer sound effects. Even worse is the male version with its deeper synth sounds and more horrific facial distortions.Just remember to watch it with your own risk. Period. Exclamation markJ
  • The Martians (or Yip-Yips, as they're known to some tropers) have frightened many children over the years. Here is a typical Martian segment. It may have to do with their protruding lower jaws, their spastic shivering movements, their tenuous grasp on the English language and unsettling way of speaking, or the implication that they can teleport in from anywhere at any time they please, or even turn invisible. The creepy music and sound effects that plays throughout the skits made things worse. And of course, it doesn't help that Kermit is terrified of them.
  • The Christmas special "Elmo Saves Christmas" has the Easter bunny, who's surprisingly pretty creepy with the uncanny appearance: he's a guy in a bunny suit with a creepy smoker's voice (portrayed by Harvey Fierstein). It kind of makes you wonder how many kids were traumatized by this guy.
    • Not to mention the dark turn the special's "be careful what you wish for" message takes.
  • "The Ten Commandments of Health" Think about it. You have a slow, mellow doo-wop tune, a bunch of doctors standing around humming it, and what appears to be a blue corpse lying on a table. Then all of a sudden, the guy pops up and recites the commandments in a deep voice, as if saying, "Kids, if you don't do these ten things, this could happen to YOU!"
    • Averted for some, since the blue guy is a recognizable character ("Mr. Johnson") and that you can hear his heart monitor operating before and after the song.
  • There's something a little bit unsettling about these carnival masks.
  • Grover's "Health Minute" featuring Kermit the Frog. Grover wants to tell the kids all about oral hygiene using Kermit as a volunteer, but frogs don't have teeth. Grover says, "Excuse us a moment," and wrestles Kermit off-screen. When Kermit comes back on, he looks extremely uncomfortable. Grover gets him to open his mouth and we see Kermit with a full set of teeth. While Grover is explaining the basics of dental care, Kermit looks straight at the camera, bares his teeth and makes a hissing sound, which stuns Grover for a second. When Grover asks if he can have his teeth back, Kermit chases after him, jaws snapping madly.
  • Don Music losing his temper can be unsettling. It's no wonder his character didn't last long. In 1998, the skits were suspended from airing because parents sent in complaints to Children's Television Workshop about their kids hitting their heads from home.
  • The Bigger Than the World! animated sketch which involves a frog trying to prove to a giant ox that she can be much bigger than the ox. So, the frog starts to constantly puff herself up until she was as huge as a beach ball and when she finally states that she has become bigger than the world, the frog suddenly explodes. It's directly inspired by one of Aesop's Fables, which were originally never intended for children.
  • SAM the Machine scared a few kids back in the day, especially with its Uncanny Valley appearance and its pretty creepy robotic voice.
  • Bird and Toothbrush not only features a freaky-looking claymation bird, but the hands that come out of the mountain are pretty creepy as well.
  • "Number Twelve Rocks". It's like a bad peyote trip in the desert. Hell of a way to teach kids to count, Henson.
  • The entire "Rocket Countdown" series. Between the Yellow Submarine animation style, and all that guy's freaking teeth...
  • "I'm lost. I know it, I'm really lost..."
  • The pointless violence of "Number Elimination" was always unnerving to sit through.
  • The ending of song, ''Indian U Call'' has a talking letter U turning to viewers with wild eyes and a creepy voice remark of "UNBELIEVABLE!"
  • Whatever the frig is going on here.
  • ''MAKE IT STOP!!!!!!'' ''PLEASE!!!!!!!!''
  • That creepy thing that Oscar buys for Ernie in this segment where he can’t find his rubber duck. The noise it makes when Ernie squeezes it is terrifying. Ernie quivers with fear as he squeezes it. Poor guy, first he lost his favorite toy, and now THIS??!?
  • The King of 8. While the unnatural animation automatically makes this a little odd, there's the tiny matter of the fact that it ends with the jester dying by being crushed the giant 8 on the castle. And this happens immediately after he announces the birth of a ninth princess.
    • It gets worse if you think about it. The king's obsession with everything numbering eight suggests that he might have had the ninth daughter aborted if he'd known she was going to be a girl. Or that he wanted a boy, which in its own way is just as disturbing.
  • This creepy animated segment that features the letter “E” as it shows an animated piece of clay morphing into all kinds of things that begin with the letter “E,” all against a white background and bizarre music…
  • The Ogre Head on a Hill skit. The creepy bagpipe music doesn't help matters.
  • "And Now... The Octopus!." The music just makes it more creepy and unsettling. Seeing this as a 4-year old is rather jarring.
  • There's a really creepy cartoon called "Beware of the Box". And anything that goes in the box doesn't come out!
  • This creepy cartoon, "Cat in Jungle", can give some viewers an unsettling feeling. The weird music doesn't help.
  • In the Box. Kermit and a green Grover demonstrate the word "in", and the ending (with an extreme Gross-Up Close-Up on a green dragon-like monster) is really creepy. If this were to be shown on TV today, kids would probably need lots of therapy!
  • The original Big Bird model has no head feathers, making it look like he'd suffered a traumatic head injury for people only familiar with his modern look.
  • Thinking of doing a stop-motion beach movie with your Barbie dolls? Well, you'll definitely reconsider after you see this.
  • In the "Kids' Favorite Songs 2" video, there's a giant meatball rolling all over Sesame Street after Snuffy sneezes on his spaghetti. He chases it all over Sesame Street. At first it's funny, but near the end, it gets creepy. Rosita, Baby Bear, and the lamb run to a safe place and warn Elmo to get out of the way of the meatball. Elmo doesn't see it at first, but when he turns around he sees A GIANT MEATBALL COMING TOWARD HIM ABOUT TO CRUSH HIM! He's too scared to move out of the way, and there's creepy music and slow motion accompanying the scene. It's a good thing that Snuffy got there just in time to save Elmo, if he hadn't, then the meatball would've killed Elmo!
    • Heck, even Snuffy sneezing on his spaghetti was nightmare fuel. The sneeze sounded inhumane both times. At least one person developed a fear of sneezing after that!
  • Speaking of which, the Typewriter segment where he types the word "nose" and a huge nose appears. Then it sneezes, and its sneeze is huge, scary, and sudden. Muppet Central user Janice & Mokey's Man described it as "the Anti-Christ".
  • Five Purple Conkers and Ten Little Greeblies were dark ways to teach kids about subtraction, because the Conkers and Greeblies get killed in violent ways.
    • Five Purple Conkers. The first two purple conkers get eaten by a fish and a bird. The third conker jumps into the can of glue with the worker not knowing, then the worker uses his brush to glue up the wallpaper with the Conker in the wallpaper, causing the Conker to suffocate to death! The last two luckily survive, get married, and have a little yellow Honker. The honk it makes sounds a little weird.
    • Ten Little Greeblies was arguably even scarier. The first one chases a fly off a limb and falls down to his doom, the second one tries the trick on his skate but gets crushed by a skate instead, the third one commits suicide by driving his plane down to the ground to take a shortcut to heaven! The fourth one gets eaten by a fish, the fifth one tries to get honey out of a hive but gets stung to death by bees, the sixth one teases a mouse then gets eaten by it, the seventh one drowns in the sea because he forgot to swim, the eighth one jumps in a shoe and gets crushed by someone's foot, and the ninth one gets eaten on a hamburger! The last one is alone but made a wish on a star and there are more greeblies in the end which is actually a happy ending. But still, who knew that learning to subtract can be so dark?!
  • The "Milo Counting" skits featured a rather unfriendly looking man clad in a suit and tie presenting numbers, The creepy stop motion effects & the way he comes out of the lake at the beginning of the sketch with the number 1 are very unsettling. No wonder the skits were retired in the mid-2000s.
  • "Psychedelic Alphabet" will make you wonder if the people who made this cartoon were on some serious drugs.
  • The skit with the "four dragons". The evil prime minister, who had some evil eyebrows, probably scared a few children.
  • This skit, featuring a beatnik bat, has some Deranged Animation and is really Off Model. And the fact that it's so slow at the beginning. The ending line, "And that was that", is pretty eerie too. However, there are some who find it hilarious.
  • There were a few skits featuring a kid saying "I wonder what will happen if everything was in slow motion", and proceeding to imagine it. In one of the skits the kid is watching a football game, and in the other skit the same kid is playing in the snow with other kids. The unsettling music and the people moving slowly is pretty eerie.
  • This skit was a bit freaky, the Scanimate animation was really strange. Maria in Scanimate animation was a bit freaky, too.
  • This skit from the mid 1990's. We've got a night light that produces the sound of electricity crackling, a thunderstorm, a creepy robot, and a creepy cat. The lighting when dad brings his kid back into the room and sets him back into bed is creepy because of the bright light and the shadow it casts. Midway through the skit is a Jaws-like riff followed by the sound of the robot and the skit ends (seemingly) with every toy coming to life and producing a creepy melody.
  • King Minus was a play on the story of King Midas, but instead of turning everything to gold, everything he touched disappeared. It ends with him accidentally making the princess he was trying to rescue vanish.
  • One vintage sketch, "10 Clowns", features an extremely misguided clown character. It's bad enough that a clown car tears around wildly in the parking lot while raucous circus music plays, and when the car screeches to a stop and the ten clowns pour out, each saying their number in progressively deeper voices. But the low point is the tenth and final clown: he is more ape than human, moving right at the camera on all fours and bellowing in a voice that reminds one of demonic possession. You don't have to be afraid of clowns to be terrified of this gorilla-like bozo.
  • In this video, Big & Little, Kermit has 2 monsters demonstrating the differences between big and little. It ends with a big monster name Splurge scaring Kermit away. However, it does end as a Crowning Moment of Funny when Splurge and the 2 monsters waving bye at Kermit.
  • Due to the Mood Whiplash nature of the music and Cookie's already deep voice, the "Six Cookies" segment can be this.
  • Although the video is in an Arabic dub, it does add to the creepiness.
  • There was at one time a series of segments that showed a puzzle of pieces to an image being put together. Each piece of the puzzle would one at a time come flying in spinning at a very fast speed while a very freaky synthesizer sound plays, then it would make a very loud "BOING!" when the piece was placed. When there was only one piece left, the pieces of the puzzle would one by one slide like a slider puzzle to their rightful spots, then the final piece would come into place, and a group of kids would shout out what the puzzle shows a picture of. If the fast-spinning flying pieces aren't enough to scare the hell out of you, the sound effects will surely do the trick!
  • The 40 Dots one is definitely unsettling. It features dots appearing one at a time with a guy counting them melodically with his voice getting progressively higher as he counts. It gets really scary when he gets to the 39th one, bellowing it out three times and sounding like he's almost out of breath!
  • One live action sketch called Milk Crisis could qualify. Some people who watch this may feel uneasy watching it considering it depicts a more realistic situation. The woman singing, "Milk" over and over again is kind of depressing, and we see some rather disturbing images in the video like a crying baby. The worst part about it is it's four and a half minutes long! (For a Sesame Street sketch, that's ludicrous!)
    • One person made it even scarier by showing it In G Minor!
  • Sesame Street's first movie, Follow That Bird, has a pretty good example. The movie's main antagonist, Miss Finch, had a pretty terrifying appearance.
  • Pretty much all sketches on Sesame Street come up at random every single episode, so viewers watching it would just hope in vain a certain sketch would play or not play. However, one thing that nobody can ever avoid are the funding credits at the end of the show! A very infamous example of nightmare fuel for Sesame Street is the music that played during the funding credits from circa 1975 until 1993. This music, sometimes referred to as the "Funky Chimes", have spooked a lot of kids back in the day!
  • In this Sesame Street Newsflash, Kermit is interviewing The Face In The Mirror. Many of the comments for the video are about how The Face In The Mirror scares them.
  • One animated segment from circa 1999 called "Felines" could fit this. It features a mouse singing a blues song about cats with different emotions, which is a parody on the song, "Feelings". The depressing music and creepy animation make it extremely unsettling! Not to mention the loud horn used a few times can also be a scare. Not to mention it was animated by John R. Dilworth, best known for Courage the Cowardly Dog.
  • A segment from the 70's demonstrating big, bigger and biggest with the Sesame Street monsters was really scary. The little monster grows and becomes bigger than the two other monsters and bellows the word "biggest!" in a really loud echo. It scared this troper as a kid.
  • From one of their Numberosity segments, 5 creepy looking monsters appeared. No wonder that part was edited out in the 80's.
  • One of the creepiest monsters from the 1st season to not be seen again was Beautiful Day Monster. Perhaps the most creepiest moments with him was from this skit, with Bert and Ernie.
  • The baker skits in the beginning of the skits always scared this troper as a kid, The numbers shooting right at the screen can be scary to little kids.
  • There's something off-putting about where the witches are.
  • One vintage animated sketch called "M Choir" is quite unsettling. The sketch features a maestro conducting a choir. He has each individual part of the choir hum in their vocal range giving off a pretty haunting tune, and as they hum, a letter M comes from them and flies up into the maestro's face. As the voices get deeper, the M's become larger. However, the low point is at the end when he has all the vocal parts hum together unleashing a gimongous letter M, which ends up giving chase to the maestro! Scary music and getting chased by something big? As if one or the other isn't bad enough!
  • This sketch features Smokey Robinson singing "You Really Got a Hold On Me" as a letter U keeps trying to latch onto him. If that doesn't scream "freaky", then what does?
  • The first ending to the Number Three Ball Film had the ball getting ground up into a fine powder. It was so tragic to kids that they made an alternate ending where it (the ball) instead becomes 3 cherries that drop onto 3 ice cream sundaes on a conveyor belt.
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