10 Interesting Facts About Sesame Street

10. Sesame Street Was Once Sued For $5.5 Million Over Their "Let It Be" Parody "Letter B"
They weren't sued by The Beatles, but by Michael Jackson's music library that had bought the rights to the song. The case was eventually settled for $500.

9. Cookie Monster's Real Name Is Sid
He revealed it in 2004.

8. "Sing A Song" Was Originally Going To Be The Show's Theme Song
Before they settled on "Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street" theme.

7. Roosevelt Franklin Was A Popular Early Character, But Was Discontinued
Some felt he was a negative African-American stereotype.

6. The South African Version Of Sesame Street Has An HIV-Positive Muppet Named Kami
The American version of the show considered having one as well, but as of now has not done so.

5. Big Bird is 8'2" Tall
Or 7 inches taller than the tallest NBA player in history (George Mureşan and Manute Bol were each 7'7").

4. James Earl Jones Was The First Celebrity Guest On Sesame Street
He simply counted and said the alphabet.

3. Elmo Is The Only Puppet To Testify Before Congress
He testified before the Education Appropriations Subcommittee in 2002 to argue for more funding for music research and musical instruments for school programs.

2. Kermit The Frog Was On Sesame Street For Many Years
Many people forget that before The Muppet Show, Kermit was one of the main players on Sesame Street.

1. Oscar The Grouch Was Orange In Season One
But the color was changed to green because the early cameras couldn't capture the color correctly.



  1. Tallest man - living

    The tallest man living is Sultan Kösen (Turkey, b.10 December 1982) who measured 251 cm (8 ft 3 in) in Ankara, Turkey, on 08 February 2011.

  2. I loved Sesame Street Growing up! My favorite Sesame Street in the news article lately was about Bert and Ernie and ativists calling for the show to 'out' them as a couple. The reply was along the lines of "Bert and Ernie are puppets and therefore not sexually involved. They're just best friends." Loved it.

  3. Wow! I just found your blog. Congratulations on being the Blogger Blog of Note!

    I love making lists, too, and yours are great. So glad that your blog is getting so much attention. :)

  4. I always thought the HIV+ puppet was interesting. This is interesting stuff.

  5. Kermit The Frog is always my favourite.

  6. Congrats on the blog of note!

    I watched Sesame Street as a kid, my favorite character was the Count because I just loved to count along with him and pretend to be a vampire!

  7. @New Jersey Memories & @Danjor21, thanks!

  8. Actually, Oscar is green because he fell into a slimy swamp, and because he refuses to bathe, he never washed it off...so alas he is green!