Muppet history, online and off

I think it’s already been pretty well-established that I am a fool for all things muppets, so you’ll just excuse me if I’m overly excited about the next couple pieces of trivia.

First, you need to get on over to mental_floss to read about the origins of some of your favorite muppets. Don’t forget to read the comments, too, as some readers contribute other little tidbits. The main article is a hoot, including the rather rakish history of one of my kids’ favorites:

4. Count von Count made his first appearance in 1972 and was made out of an Anything Muppet pattern – a blank Muppet head that could have features added to it to make various characters. He used to be more sinister – he was able to hypnotize and stun people and he laughed in typical scary-villain-type fashion after completing a count of something and thunder and lightning would occur. He was quickly made more appealing to little kids, though. He is apparently quite the ladies’ man – he has been linked to Countess von Backward, who loves to count backward; Countess Dahling von Dahling and Lady Two.

Second, I was delighted to discover that there is apparently a traveling exhibit called Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, suitable for casual muppet fans and die-hard muppet geeks, alike. I am not going to belabor my reaction to the news (except to note that it is coming to my area in the Fall, ohmigoshsqueeeeee!), but suffice it to say that I think this could provide some fabulous family fun. It’s at the Smithsonian right now, and the rest of the schedule as it stands right now has it wandering through the south and then up the east coast.

That’s a whole lotta muppets for your Monday. You’re welcome!

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