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This is Caroll Spinney, an American puppeteer, most famous for playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street. His mother named him Caroll because he was born the day after Christmas. Spinney has been honored with four Daytime Emmy Awards for his portrayals on the series and two Grammy Awards for his related recordings. Two of the recordings Spinney’s voice can be heard on have earned Gold Record status. For his body of work, Spinney has received both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994 and the Library of Congress’ Living Legend award in 2000.

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Cookie Monster famously sang in 2005 that “A Cookie is a Sometimes Food” in an effort to combat obesity. (In the song, various fruits are declared “anytime foods.”) In this video, he struggles with the choice between fresh fruit and a delicious cookie:

Via Mental Floss

If Cookie Monster wants to find the Cookie of Oz, he must remember the directions. He must follow the chocolate chip road, do the opposite of what the cookie tin man says, and finally, go through the Emerald Green door. See the world turn from black and white to color in The Cookie of Oz.

How Matthew McConaughey Came Up With “All right, all right, all right” in Dazed & Confused.

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B.J. Novak: Social Media Is Making Us Better Writers.

Very few people deserve the soubriquet ‘Living Legend’. Allen Toussaint does.

In Russia, Hit Dog Drives Your Car.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on the indispensability of This Is Spinal Tap.

The cool Muppet chalk art murals at the Sesame Workshop offices.

“Lou Reed Rising,” A 1976 Essay On The Late Legend, Excerpted from James Wolcott’s new book, Critical Mass: http://ow.ly/tBix3

Will *Kapow* you *Zok* be *Splooch* my valentine? Great! Here are 1966 Batman Valentine’s Day cards, just for you.

Matt Mays and The Sheepdogs announced as additional performers for 2014 JUNO Awards.

Axl Rose condemns Danish giraffe killing in a series of awesome tweets.

I was one of the first staffers of @NXNE and I get to share my memories here.

‘Flappy Bert’, an online version of ‘Flappy Bird’ featuring Bert from ‘Sesame Street’.

Merlin’s CEO Charles Caldas on Indies, Streaming and the Market Share Issue.

Steam (and its 65 million users) playing with music could mean big things.

Record Store Day Canada announces 2014 spokesband Blue Rodeo.