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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. Count von Count is a reference to this superstition, and that is awesome. —Haven
    • A smaller one, but the Count's "Ah Ah Ah" laugh has the same cadence as a bat screeching.
  • So Countess Von Backwards only made a couple of appearances in the nineties before she got dumped. Maybe it was because she was holding the Count back.
  • 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! We 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
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  • 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!
  • Oh, the field day viewers must have had with Luis and Maria's courtship and marriage! Luis and Maria, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! First came love, then came marriage, then came Maria with a baby carriage! It's a Playground Song come true!
  • One of the best qualities of the show is when the lessons are able to be applied to people of all ages, and here are quite a few of the songs that I have come to realize have lessons that are applicable to both children and adults as I've listened to them for years:
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    • All By Myself (Sung By Prairie Dawn)- A song about being proud of things that you can do by yourself.
    • What Do I Do When I’m Alone (sung by Grover)- A song about how it’s better to be with another person than it is to be alone.
    • Little Things (sung by Joe Raposo on the show, covered by Prairie Dawn on audio releases)- A song about how big and important little things can be.
    • Sing (sung by just about everyone)- A song about how creation can be a positive thing.
    • Doin’ The Pigeon (sung by Bert), Clink Clank (sung by Bert and Ernie) and I Love Trash (sung by Oscar)- Songs about how people may not see value in what you like, but you should not let that get to you.
      • Building off of this, Counting Is Wonderful (sung by The Count) is also about things you like, but it rather encrouages the idea that hobbies are a good thing to have.
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    • Put Down The Duckie (sung by Ernie and Hoots)- A song about how you shouldn’t let distractions get in the way of your goals.
    • Be Doodle Dee Dum and Happy Tappin’ With Elmo (both sung by Elmo)- Songs about how you can cheer yourself up.
    • Monster in The Mirror (sung by Grover)- A song about how your fears can actually be just be something harmless.
    • One Small Voice (sung by Bob, Telly, and the Kids. Audio releases replace Bob with Hoots, Prairie Dawn, and Elmo)- A song about how one person can inspire.
    • I Don’t Want to Live on The Moon (sung by Ernie)- A song about how moving away can make you miss all the place and people you love.
    • Me (sung by Grover on audio releases, two Anything Muppets on the show itself) and Just Happy to Be Me (sung by Kingston Livingtson III)- Songs about self-esteem, and how you're special and unique.
    • Believe In Yourself (sung by Bob, Susan, and Gordon)- It’s in the title.
    • But I Like You (sung by Bert and Ernie)- A song about how two people can like different things, but still like each other.
    • Lonesome Joan (sung by Bert and Ernie)- a song about how you don’t have to do everything alone.
    • Everyone Makes Mistakes (sung by Big Bird)- a song about how it’s okay to make mistakes.
    • We Are All Earthlings and Bein’ Green (the former sung by various Muppets, the latter by Kermit)- Songs about race/sex/orientation/religion. The former more about how we are all humans despite those outside differences. The latter about being accepting of who you are and not letting discrimination bring you down.
      • Fuzzy and Blue (And Orange) (Sung by Grover, Herry, Cookie Monster, and Frazzle) is like Bein’ Green.
    • The Ballad of Casey Mc Phee (sung by an Anything Muppet and Cookie Monster)- a song about resisting temptation and not giving up.

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? 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
    • Another one about Rosita's family. Some of her family are essential workers, as revealed in one of the Covid-19 animations. Now, being an essential worker during Covid-19 in America is said to be enough to give someone PTSD. We don't know if anyone will develop PTSD, or who the essential workers are, but if one or more people do, that just adds to Rosita's misfortune on top of the wings and the disabled dad. And imagine if her dad was one of the essential workers and he develops PTSD—- imagine having PTSD and recently lost the use of your legs!
  • Since Herman Happy's stage gimmick is to be cheerful all the time, he could easily become a Stepford Smiler!
  • The in-universe reason for Rosita being retconned as a Monster and losing her wing flaps is that she "lost them" while flying through a cave. This implies that the cave flight in question was so treacherous that her wings were essentially torn off.
  • One animated skit had a man sneezing on buildings and the buildings crumble, and at the end, the dog does the same. It's meant to be An Aesop about covering your mouth when you sneeze, but what if people were in the buildings at the time? They could've gotten seriously injured or, worse, died. Not to mention the fact that the buildings must've been very fragile to have someone sneeze and knock them down.
  • One Very Special Episode had Louie, Elmo's father, go away for a long time (although not more than a year) to do "grown-up work". The actual nature of the grown-up work is left ambiguous, but the episode is meant to be an analogy for kids whose parents are in the military. What if Louie kills people as part of his job?
  • Another Very Special Episode, from the same series for children of military parents, shows Elmo's family coming to terms with the death of his Uncle Jack, Louie's brother. Combined with the above installment, it seems likely that both brothers joined the military, but only Louie came back.
  • The fact that the show has been running so long since Mr. Hooper's death and seen so many changes over the years makes his passing even more tragic in hindsight. Mr. Hooper never got to see Maria and Luis get married, never got to see Miles's adoption or Gabi's birth, never got to learn that Snuffy was real, never got to be a grandfather figure to Elmo, Zoe, Baby Bear, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, Julia or Rudy and none of them ever got to know him... again, a nod to real life.
  • The song "I am Chicken" has lyrics like "I'm Grade A", "When they're sick, they gobble down my soup", and "I've been told I've got great legs". Her backup singers also sing about the chicken being "tender", "delicious", and "nutritious". So they're singing about being eaten?
  • The racism episode had the bigot see Savion and Gina, which means that there's a bigot living on Sesame Street.
    • It's heavily implied that what he says to Gina over the phone is not something that could be said on a children's program.
  • The Count recaps his first day of school... only, he's 6,523,728 years old, and his classmates (Theodore, Ben, Adeline, etc) were humans, not vampires like him. That means they're dead now.
    • Nightmare Retardant kicks in when you notice he still had a beard as a kid. Vampires age differently, indeed.
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