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Old 17 September 2008, 08:07 PM
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Default Sesame Street crack monster ban

When I was little (1976 or so) Sesame Street ran a creepy short cartoon about a girl who saw cracks on her wall turn into things, including a scary "crack monster". It freaked me out.
When I looked for it on the internet, I discovered

1. It freaked others out too
2. Nobody can find it (with the exception of a joke version)
3. There's an urban legend associated with it: the cartoon will never be released because it's considered too frightening.

Anyone heard that legend before? I have trouble buying the story.
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Old 17 September 2008, 08:19 PM
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I've never heard of this, but I'm greatly relieved no residents of Sesame Street have become crack fiends since I was 6, as that's what I thought this thread would be about.
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Old 17 September 2008, 08:28 PM
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I couldn't find it, either. I did get rickrolled by Google, though.
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Old 17 September 2008, 08:58 PM
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This is the closest thing I was able to get.

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/07/13...ame-stree.html

Doesn't have the clip but there is a lot of discussion about it. I seem to vaguely remember it. Some of the links on above links brought back some long ago memories.
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Old 18 September 2008, 12:52 PM
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I've never heard of this, but I'm greatly relieved no residents of Sesame Street have become crack fiends since I was 6, as that's what I thought this thread would be about.
Heh, that's what I thought. "C is for Cocaine, that's good enough for me..."
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Old 18 September 2008, 12:57 PM
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The "Ernie in Egypt" macabre rendition of Rubber Duckie creeped me out to no end but fascinated me too. Does anyone remember that one? According to the Boing Boing article, I'm not the only one.

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Old 22 September 2008, 03:57 PM
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The "Ernie in Egypt" macabre rendition of Rubber Duckie creeped me out to no end but fascinated me too. Does anyone remember that one? According to the Boing Boing article, I'm not the only one.

ETA: Clip

That made me laugh- though I can see how it would creep out a child.
What kid didn't fear the creepy doll (or statue, or mannequin) that might come to life when they were alone with it?
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Old 22 September 2008, 04:10 PM
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When DS #1 was 2 years old, Ernie was his favourite, with Bert a close second. We got him a video tape of "The Best of Ernie and Bert" for Christmas, and he happily took it away with him to another room to watch it on TV while we got the meal ready. After a bit, we heard sniffs coming from the room he was in. The Egypt one was on, and the statue talking was terrifying him. We sat down with him and watched it again, laughing at Ernie, and trying to get him see the funny side of it.

Eventually, it did work. He could watch all the way through even by himself after a couple days (which, when it comes to a two-year-old with a half-hour video, means about 15 times through). Until then, he'd call us into the room when that one came on.
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Old 22 September 2008, 04:41 PM
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Doesn't ring a bell for me. I know when I was a kid watching Sesame Street, the clip that gave me the most nightmares was the stop-motion orange that sang Carmen. I have no idea why that clip was so disturbing, but when I looked at the Youtube comments, at least I discovered I wasn't alone.

I don't know if it was the eerie synth-music, the darkness, or what, but that thing creeped me out.
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Old 23 September 2008, 02:54 AM
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Doesn't ring a bell for me. I know when I was a kid watching Sesame Street, the clip that gave me the most nightmares was the stop-motion orange that sang Carmen. I have no idea why that clip was so disturbing, but when I looked at the Youtube comments, at least I discovered I wasn't alone.

I don't know if it was the eerie synth-music, the darkness, or what, but that thing creeped me out.
I always liked the singing orange-I also liked the rubber band face that counted. But I do agree with the mummy one.

At the risk of starting an "awesome Sesame Street clips" hijack, did anyone else notice that the pinball cartoon always pops up in the YouTube sidebar? And is it not the most awesome one there?

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Old 23 September 2008, 01:02 PM
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I still get that in my head sometimes.

The orange and the Egypt clip didn't freak me out.

For some reason, Lower Case n did me in. Don't know why. Maybe the music?

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Old 23 September 2008, 07:01 PM
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Vanishing post....

Went something like....

I never remembered any bands appearing on the show, good live bands at that...

This is 100 types of awesome, one of my favourite songs played at full gusto (i'm not sure if I have heard a better version)

wow, just wow!

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Old 24 September 2008, 02:48 AM
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The Stevie Wonder clip was still getting shown into the early 80's. It is an awesome performance, even though I've never quite figured out why he was on there....were they discussing superstitions on Sesame Street?
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Old 24 September 2008, 02:56 AM
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I still get that in my head sometimes.

The orange and the Egypt clip didn't freak me out.

For some reason, Lower Case n did me in. Don't know why. Maybe the music?

[IMG][/IMG]
I couldn't place it, but I watched and remember thinking that it was so sad, that the lower case n was lonely.

My sister's new favorite video (earworm warning, watch at your own peril!)

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Old 24 September 2008, 03:03 AM
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Manamana! (doo doo do do)!

I love that! Episode 1 of season 1 of The Muppet Show, baby!

*is saving up for The Muppet Show seasons 2 and 3*
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Old 24 September 2008, 04:35 PM
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AWESOME EARWORM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (That version anyway.)
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Old 24 September 2008, 07:59 PM
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For some reason, Lower Case n did me in. Don't know why. Maybe the music?
At the risk of getting this tread booted to a non UL page...

...to this day I find the music of the lower case n to be lonely in an eerie way. It would be more appropriate for a song about an orphan lost in the woods who's never heard from again.
Still, the animation's cute.
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Old 24 September 2008, 09:25 PM
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Is it just me or does anyone else look at the title of this thread and get a mental picture of a shaggy puppet with googly eyes bopping back and forth while warbling, "Oh, cocaine, cocaine, cocaine start with C!" ?
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Old 25 September 2008, 02:51 AM
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Is it just me or does anyone else look at the title of this thread and get a mental picture of a shaggy puppet with googly eyes bopping back and forth while warbling, "Oh, cocaine, cocaine, cocaine start with C!" ?
Well, it would kinda explain the googly eyes...
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Old 25 September 2008, 07:45 AM
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I remember the "crack monster" animation, and it never scared me. I thought it was awesome!

Another old favorite is "In the Garden of the Queen of Six." I'll have to see if I can find it on YouTube or someplace when I get home.

It's also earworm-worthy.

I can't get this to play here at work, but maybe some of you can enjoy it:

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/queen-of-6/4250474641

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