1. Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before season two.
  2. Elmo is the only non-human to testify before Congress.
  3. In 1970, Ernie reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the timeless hit "Rubber Duckie."
  4. Nigeria's version of the Cookie Monster eats yams. His catchphrase translates to "ME WANT YAM!"
  5. Cookie Monster isn't changing his name. In 2012 he said, "We've got to stop this Veggie Monster rumor before me reputation ruined."
  6. C-3PO and R2-D2 visited Sesame Street in 1980. They played games, sang songs, and R2-D2 fell in love with a fire hydrant.
  7. The episode with Mr. Hooper's funeral aired on Thanksgiving Day in 1983. That date was chosen because families were more likely to be together at that time, in case kids had questions or needed emotional support.
  8. Sesame Street made its Afghanistan debut in 2011 with Baghch-e-Simsim (Sesame Garden). Big Bird, Grover and Elmo were involved.
  9. According to the Sesame experts at Muppet Wiki, Oscar the Grouch and Count von Count were minimized on Baghch-e-Simsim "due to cultural taboos against trash and vampirism."
  10. Before Giancarlo Esposito was Breaking Bad's super intense Gus Fring, he played Big Bird's camp counselor Mickey in 1982.
  11. HBO characters should be right at home on The Street.