The month of November is filled with holidays. There’s Thanksgiving, which is the granddaddy of holidays. But, there’s also Veteran’s Day and Election day. The latter is not quite a federal holiday, but the kids are out of school. And, in-between those two “holidays” is another little known day of celebration – Sesame Street Day.
Sesame Street Day Nov. 10th
Sesame Street with Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Grover and Big Bird debuted November 10, 1949. But, it wasn’t until 2009 that the beloved children’s program actually got it’s own “day of recognition.” Sesame Street Day isn’t exactly a “national” day, but if enough people celebrate a specific day, it becomes an informal day of recognition – who knew! In honor of Sesame Street Day I give you 9 random facts about Sesame Street.
9 things you probably didn’t know about Sesame Street
1. Oscar the Grouch was the color orange in season 1.
2. Big Bird is covered with about 6,000 turkey, coq, ostrich and hackle feathers.
3. All of the Sesame Street Muppets™ have four fingers, except Cookie Monster, who has five.
4. Snuffleupagus is a Pachyderm who lives on Sesame Street. Many people think he’s invisible, he actually lives on Sesame Street—he just has inconvenient timing.
5. It takes two puppeteers to manipulate Ernie, Rosita, The Count, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and Snuffleupagus.
6. Cookie Monster used to have pointy teeth.
7. Ernie is the only Sesame Street Muppet™ to have a built-in smile.
8. Elmo is the only puppet in history to have testified before Congress.
9. There are over 20 original and localized co-productions of Sesame Street including Galli Galli Sim Sim in India, Takalani Sesame in South Africa, Hikayat Simsim in Jordan and Plaza Sésamo in Mexico. Sesame is watched in over 140 countries around the globe.
Season 47 Begins January 2017
Sesame Street begins it’s 47th season January 2017 on HBO. Sesame Street is seen on HBO, PBS Kids, Univision, and Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel. You can also watch episodes of Sesame Street for free if you’re an Amazon Prime member.