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Speeding British Muppet

Seeing as we have been following a bit of a Jim Henson theme recently (Mahna Mahna and Phenomenon, and Sesame Street – Country Road Credit Sequence) this seemed heaven-sent.

German Police are  seeking a repeat-offender speeding Muppet motorist.  Apparently it is not enough that the Police have a clear picture of the speeding vehicle, they need to be able to identify the driver as well.  A German police source said: “The number plate is not enough. We need clear evidence of who is driving the vehicle too.”

Speeding Muppet - br-online.de

It is hard enough for the German’s to get a photo of a driver of a right-hand drive British car.  When a Muppet is put up against the windscreen were a driver would normally be in a German left-hand drive car it becomes next to impossible.

Apparently the German Police are unsure as to the identity of the “puppet”, Animal the manic drummer for The Electric Mayhem [^] on The Muppets.  Animal is not the only speeding Muppet driver of this vehicle, Grover and Ernie have also been seen.

Via: Nothing To Do With Arbroath [^], The Daily Star [^].

REMINDER: Speeding Kills (Pictures of You – Anti-Speeding Campaign).  CannibalRabbit does not condone speeding,

Mahna Mahna and Phenomenon

That has got to be the strangest post title I have come up with so far.

Again, it’s all down to the Muppets creator Jim Henson, apparently being the first sketch of the first episode of the Muppets.  The “Mahna Mahna” [^] song is a work of brilliant comic timing in all of it’s Muppet guises, and the final “Phenomenon” variation exploits the cult following.  With so many people struggling to say phenomenon, how many takes were done before they got the final version?

Banana Boat sunscreen revisited the song for a series of ads that they ran in Australia a few years ago.

Special bonus link: Kermit goes to the Animal Psychiatrist [^]

Sesame Street – Country Road Credit Sequence

No, this isn’t some bizarre John Denver-Sesame Street crossover.  A little while ago I was talking to someone about Sesame Street.  I said that I always remembered someone driving along, but without a car, over the credits.  This earned me disbelief, the early onset of dementia was the implied diagnosis!

Well a little bit of Googling and I ended up at Youtube, and the Country Road Credits [^].  I’m not sure that this is the sequence that I was thinking of – but it does prove a point.  It seems that these credits ran from Season 6 through to Season 9.

Now all I have to do I remember who it was that I was talking to!

Sesame Street Season 9 Credits