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The Muppets Take the Smithsonian/Happy Birthday Jim Henson!

Stephen Fry to Kermit the Frog: “Did you know that frog bones form a new ring every year when the frog is hibernating, just like trees do? Scientists can count these rings to discover the age of the frog.”

Stephen Fry to Kermit the Frog: “Did you know that frog bones form a new ring every year when the frog is hibernating, just like trees do? Scientists can count these rings to discover the age of the frog.”

Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog in "Dueling Banjos"

Never thought this would happen, but Kermit has a new friend.
Meet my new “catryoshka” tattoo by the amazing Zoe Bean of Eight of Swords in Brooklyn. One more session to go, and it will be complete!

Never thought this would happen, but Kermit has a new friend.

Meet my new “catryoshka” tattoo by the amazing Zoe Bean of Eight of Swords in Brooklyn. One more session to go, and it will be complete!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FRANK OZ/JEDI DAY!!!

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On this day in 1944, Frank Oz — voice of many iconic Muppets, and director of many fine films — was born. 

Several decades later on this day (1983), the film Return of the Jedi was released in theaters, breaking box office records.

Twist: Frank Oz is the voice of Yoda. Coincidence?

New York Museum's Jim Henson Gallery Will House Hundreds Of Muppets

HAPPY WIZ DAY!!!!

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On this day in 1856, Lyman Frank Baum — author of The Wizard of Oz — was born.

Who the heck gives their child the name “Frank” as a middle name??

Anyway…

The Muppets have definitely delved into Oz before (most recently in an appalling TV remake with Ashanti, back in 2005); my most favorite being this sketch on The Muppets Go to the Movies, in 1981.

Apologies for the creepiness of Kermit in drag.

HAPPY AMA DAY!!!

People have been getting on my case about not maintaining this blog, so I’m back after a long hiatus. I’m sure all two of you missed me.

Anyway….

On this day in 1847, the American Medical Association was organized in Phildelphia, PA. Go celebrate by hugging your favorite doctor or something.

Jane Nebel Henson: 1934-2013

I feel incredibly honored to have met this kind, gentle, creative soul. I don’t think many people realize how much of a strong role she played in creating the Muppets.