Friday Fun with furry things

As I predicted last week, thanks to the theme of this week’s Great British Bake Off quarter final, I have been craving biscuits. (Specifically gingerbread, which is oddly hard to find in shops at the moment – unless the entire capital was suffering the same craving.) It has therefore made me happy that two items in today’s Fun are cookie related…

Firstly, a delightful set of Dr Seuss – Star Wars mash ups:

Talking of furry things with cookies, you can never have enough of Cookie Monster. Especially when he’s doing a parody of Call Me Maybe:

Which leads me nicely to another YouTube treat, also involving characters from the Jim Henson workshop. Ben Folds Five and the Fraggles anyone? Yes, I thought so…

Whilst we’re talking song parodies and hairy creatures, regular blog readers will be familiar with my love of Josh Groban. Honestly, the man can do nothing wrong in my eyes. At the recent Emmy’s he did a fabulous job of paying (mock) tribute to comedian Jimmy Kimmel via a parody of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful. [Incidentally, I actually think that’s one of the best pop songs ever. Can’t stand the band itself, but the lyrics are incredibly empowering and I do like to dance around the lounge to it.] 
Finally, something genuinely furry and a little bit more intellectual. Have you ever encountered Henri, le Chat Noir? A delightful creature who continually seems to be fighting ennui in a typically French and feline fashion, it’s not your average cat YouTube video, but a step above the usual fodder. Below is the first of three gems:

Friday Fun brought to you by the number 40 and the letter O

You may, just possibly, have noticed that this past week has marked Sesame Street’s 40th birthday. Some may even have complained that Google’s doodles gave far too much attention to this anniversary when perhaps more significant anniversaries needed marking – Wallace and Gromit’s 20th birthday got an exemption but the fall of the Berlin Wall did not.

We Brits probably haven’t had as much exposure to Sesame Street as other nationalities, I’m not entirely sure if it’s even shown on terrestrial TV anymore. But I have fond memories of Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and, of course, The Count. No playground game that involved counting was complete without the obligatory “ah, ah, ah” between numbers.

In a fit of nostalgia a couple of evenings ago, I headed to YouTube to watch some classic moments. There I discovered possibly the cutest little boy – John John – who in the 1970s was something of a regular. This moment with Grober is lovely (I adore his voice at the end, so cute!), whilst this story of Bert and some lost paperclips is jointly cute and oh so slightly creepy.

Moving on from cute children, I explored a few celebrity moments. Sure, Michelle Obama’s been the much lauded special guest this week, but who wants to know about the importance of being active and eating veggies? Wouldn’t you rather see Julia Roberts being scared by Elmo instead? Or Whoopi playing the drums to Elmo’s violin? A particularly sweet discovery was Feist singing 1,2,3,4 but with Sesame Street lyrics“1,2,3,4 monsters walking ‘cross the floor…”.

And the letter O? Well that of course would be the first letter of the word Octagon. Don’t worry, Jack Black will explain it to you…just be aware that ‘octagon’ is NOT pronounced ‘octa-gawn’, it’s ‘octa-gun’. Thank-you.