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Despite its massive multi-decade running time, it’s become an interest of avid fans of the series to document the series in its entirety, including descriptions for shorts in episodes ranging from the first season to the present.<ref>[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Muppet_Wiki MuppetWiki, with its massive size of over 30,000 pages, is one of the best places to research Sesame Street episodes, skits, and related content.] Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.</ref>  
 
Despite its massive multi-decade running time, it’s become an interest of avid fans of the series to document the series in its entirety, including descriptions for shorts in episodes ranging from the first season to the present.<ref>[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Muppet_Wiki MuppetWiki, with its massive size of over 30,000 pages, is one of the best places to research Sesame Street episodes, skits, and related content.] Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.</ref>  
  
While episode listings adapted from Children’s Television Workshop archives are complete in writing, many of the segments included in the listings are not available for audiences on any home video releases or digital releases. A complete listing of these is not available, largely due to the vast number of episodes of the series produced, but many of the popular segments that have been lost and found since the genesis of the Internet have been listed below. (The following list of segments has been adapted from the “Article Requests” section of the Lost Media Wiki website. I’ve also included sections and links to the pages of shorts that have received separate articles to maintain completeness in covering Sesame Street’s massive scope and without disrupting existing coverage.)
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While episode listings adapted from Children’s Television Workshop archives are complete in writing, many of the segments included in the listings are not available for audiences on any home video releases or digital releases. A complete listing of these is not available, largely due to the vast number of episodes of the series produced, but many of the popular segments that have been lost and found since the genesis of the Internet have been listed below.
  
 
==Granny Fanny Nesselrode Skits - Partially Found==
 
==Granny Fanny Nesselrode Skits - Partially Found==

Revision as of 21:38, 7 December 2017

Sesame Street (1969-present)
Cast photo from Sesame Street’s first season.
Cast photo from Sesame Street’s first season.
Status Partially Lost

Sesame Street is a children’s television series that started in 1969. The series is one of the most well-known and longest running children’s television series of all time. Since its inception in 1969, the show has earned 159 Emmy Awards and 8 Grammy Awards, and an estimated 77 million Americans watched the series as children as of 2008.[1]

Despite its massive multi-decade running time, it’s become an interest of avid fans of the series to document the series in its entirety, including descriptions for shorts in episodes ranging from the first season to the present.[2]

While episode listings adapted from Children’s Television Workshop archives are complete in writing, many of the segments included in the listings are not available for audiences on any home video releases or digital releases. A complete listing of these is not available, largely due to the vast number of episodes of the series produced, but many of the popular segments that have been lost and found since the genesis of the Internet have been listed below.

Granny Fanny Nesselrode Skits - Partially Found

Granny Fanny Nesselrode is an early old lady Muppet performed by Caroll Spinney during Season 2 and Season 3. Her character was best known for her "Answer Lady" skits, in which she attempted to solve viewers' problems but fails miserably. The program was broadcast from her cozy, sun-filled kitchen in Goat Corners, New Hampshire. She also appeared in the first "Here is Your Life" sketch from 1972, where she celebrates the life of Oak Tree, coming down the road from a farmhouse to visit and pay her respects to the tree, whom she planted in the ground since he was just an acorn, hence also bringing a picture of the acorn. In that sketch, she was performed by Jim Henson.

There are a total of three known Answer Lady sketches: "Ketchup Problem," "Classifying Kittens" and "Telephone." All of the sketches featuring Granny Fanny Nesselrode, plus "Here is Your Life: Oak Tree," have been uploaded and found except "Ketchup Problem." "Telephone" has been found in German.

Classifying Kittens
Telephone (German dub)
Here is Your Life: Oak Tree)

Professor Hastings Skits - Partially Found

Professor Hastings is an early Muppet professor performed by Frank Oz from the first three seasons. His character was best known for boring himself to sleep with his own lectures.

Of the eleven known skits to include him, only one (What’s My Part?) has resurfaced in complete English, Emotions has resurfaced in English (mostly fan-dubbed by a user but also using only a few actual English audio pieces taken from a documentary) with the video source deriving from the German dub, Spinning Wheel has surfaced in English but as incomplete (with the video starting halfway through the song), five dubbed segments and one album track have resurfaced. The three segments that have not resurfaced in any form yet include Letter Y, Number 2, and the TV version of U Lecture (with Kermit the Frog instead of Ernie).

What's My Part?: Foot
Emotions (mostly fandubbed, and in English)
Pogo Stick (Arabic dub)
Dump Truck (Arabic dub)
Exercise (Portuguese dub)
Body Parts (German dub)
Big and Little (German dub)
Spinning Wheel (incomplete, English)
Letter U (Ernie's version, audio from soundtrack, English)

Leslie Mostly Skits - Partially Found

Leslie Mostly is a short-lived Muppet from the twelfth season. She was the host of “The Leslie Mostly Show,” a talk show host spoof series. Her segments are interviews with other Muppet characters, including The Amazing Mumford, Grover, Count von Count, Cookie Monster, and the word “CASA.” (According to a forum on Muppet Central, it was rumored that Leslie Mostly also interviewed Guy Smiley and Kermit the Frog in two other skits, but it is unknown if those two skits exist.)

While most of Leslie Mostly's skits have been uploaded to YouTube in English. The Cookie Monster skit had in Castilian Spanish. The uploaded clips can be viewed below.

The Amazing Mumford Interview.
Count von Count Interview.
Grover Interview.
CASA Interview.
Cookie Monster Interview. (Castilian Spanish)

Deena and Pearl Skits - Partially Found

Deena and Pearl are a Muppet duo from the twelfth season. They were seen in a total of four sketches on the show before disappearing. Their discontinuance is largely attributed to the similarity of their segments to those of Ernie and Bert.

The four sketches include Baby Deena, Toy Box, Underwater, and Pearl is Sick.[3] Of these, Baby Deena is the only sketch uploaded on YouTube in English (as “Play House”). Toy Box has been uploaded in Dutch. Underwater has been uploaded in Arabic. Pearl is Sick hasn’t resurfaced in any language yet.

Baby Deena, also known as Play House.
Toy Box (Dutch dub).
Underwater (Arabic dub).

Gymnast Segments - Partially Found

The Gymnast segments are a series of inserts including a female gymnast (with blonde hair and wearing a black leotard) demonstrating various concepts using various gym apparatuses - like pommel horses and uneven bars - in a darkened, nondescript location. Two of the six inserts featuring this gymnast - Around and Between - have resurfaced on YouTube; the four that haven’t are:

Beginning/End (uneven bars)
Close To/Away From (rings)
Over/Under (pommel horse)
Slow (uneven bars - slow motion)
[4]

Gymnast “Around” segment.
Gymnast “Between” segment.

Assorted Audio-Only Skits

The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have resurfaced in English audio only online and are included to view below:

Ernie Dusts the Shelf
“The Sound of the Letter A” (sung by Big Bird)
Ernie Presents the Letter Q
The Story of Ira and Inez
Bert sees Snuffleupagus? (incomplete)
Ernie and Bert imagine going their separate ways

Assorted Partial-English Skits

The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have resurfaced in only partial English and partially dubbed online:

“We Coulda” (sung by Biff to Sully, partially dubbed in Dutch)
Ernie's Barber Shop (3-part sketch, with the other two parts dubbed in German)
Banana in Ernie's Ear (3-part sketch, with the last part dubbed in Dutch)
"Do the Wash" (Partially dubbed in Dutch)
Through the Hoop (Partially dubbed in German)
Kermit and Grover Count to 5 (Mostly dubbed in Portuguese)
"Surprise" (Incomplete, with Susan and Oscar's cutaway + Herry and Bert's cutaway dubbed in German)
"Handful of Crumbs" (sung by Cookie Monster; beginning and end dubbed in Castilian Spanish)

Assorted Found Skits

The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have resurfaced in full in English and are included to view below:

Guy Smiley “What is it?” with Grover, Biff, and Prairie Dawn
“When the Countess Counts for You”
Scuba Diver (finds five shells underwater, counts them on the shore, and is surprised by a crab)
Danger
Ernie and the Letter R
Muppets cooperate to make lemonade
"Rubber Duckie" (Original version, beginning cut)
"Yellow Submarine" (without the scene where Bob dresses the three Anything Muppets)
Muppets Cheer for the Letter K (Three different versions are known to exist, but the CTW documents labed them as #1, #2, and #4, suggesting at least one more additional "K Cheer" sketch.)
A little girl teaches a monster marching band do play in a parade
"We Are All Monsters" (Original version, with Elmo's undubbed voice)
News Flash: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
“I’m Square” (sung by Bert)
“Wonderful Me” (sung by Big Bird)
“Surprise!” (1975, sung by Big Bird, Grover and the cast)

Assorted Lost Skits

The following assorted clips, originally included in the Article Requests listing, have not resurfaced in English online:

“ Come Join Us!” Song: “Come Join Us” is a Muppet segment written by Cheryl Hardwick in 1980. The surviving still from the skit depicts a Muppet rock band performing the song.[5]The segment can be watched on YouTube in its Castilian Spanish dub.[6]

Dr. Nobel Price (Slushabouts skit): Dr Nobel Price is a Muppet inventor. He was best known for “inventing” objects that already existed with other names. One example of this is the “Slushabouts,” another name for galoshes.[7]

Miami Mice (The Space Center skit): Miami Mice was a short-run “Miami Vice” spoof starring Tito and J.P., two mouse detectives. The Space Center skit in which the mice help Count von Count get to the space center so he can do the countdown, is a lost skit from this series.[8] The German dub of the clip can be seen on YouTube.[9]

Sherlock Hemlock Twiddlebug Mystery: Sherlock Hemlock is a Muppet parody of Sherlock Holmes. One of his mysteries includes The Twiddlebug Mystery that first aired in season 2[10]. The clip is available to view in a German dub on YouTube[11] but no English version has been uploaded online. However, a Sesame Street book release of the same name tells the story of this mystery[12]

David Looking For Maria Skit: An early skit about miscommunication features David and Maria looking for each other in the park. The skit has appeared in a couple of episodes, but its first televised appearance is in Episode 0677[13].

Cookie and Kermit Demonstrate Through: Cookie and Kermit’s demonstration of through, also known as “Through,” is exactly like what the title sounds like.[14] The clip is notorious for concluding with Cookie Monster smashing a picture frame over Kermit’s head and shouting “Through!”[15]

Big Jeffy Environmental Song Skit: Big Jeffy is a Muppet musician who appeared in many Muppet bands, including Little Jerry and the Monotones and Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats.[16] Not much is known about the skit about the environment including the musical performance of Big Jeffy.

“We Equal Three” Song: “We Equal Three” is a song sung by three Muppet children in a winter scene. Not much is known about this skit, and no information is available online about it.

The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word “BED“: The only known lost Two-Headed Monster segment. The only known episode to include this segment is an unidentified episode "Ask Oscar about discussions". It has not resurfaced online until MarshalGrover finally uploaded it on YouTube recently today.[17]

Grover and Little Bird at the zoo: The only known lost Little Bird segment. In it, Grover visits the zoo to talk about birds. When he visits the bird cage, he swaps places with Little Bird, and two Anything Muppets come and admire him. It's unknown which episodes have this segment. The clip was once posted on YouTube in German (with some crappy German text overlaid on the screen, and it's part of the actual foreign airing itself) circa 2009 but got removed in 2014. The German dub came back on YouTube in September 2017. [18]

Assorted Existence Unconfirmed Skits

Due to the vague nature of some of the descriptions provided by interested users or lack of available documentation online, many of the requested segments from this series have remained unidentified, been marked “Existence Unconfirmed,” and are listed below. If anyone knows more about these segments, feel free to comment below or write a new section for them.

  • Three Monsters Demonstrate Big, Bigger, Biggest (Found in Arabic)
  • A Muppet coach teaches her baseball team to play string quartet
  • Two Muppet kids on a ship (Found in Dutch)
  • Starship Surprise (not to be confused with Spaceship Surprise[19])
  • Muppet R Tag (1969)
  • Muppets and monsters count to ten (1969) Found in Norwegian
  • Muppets and Monsters (plus Bert and Oscar) demonstrate "none," "some," and "all" (1969) Found from an international airing, but dubbed in English by the uploader who found the clip
  • Cookie Monster and Beautiful Day Monster teach Fred's Son the difference between "Here" and "There" (1969) Found from an international airing, but dubbed in English by the uploader who found the clip
  • Muppets cooperate to build a clubhouse (Found in Arabic)
  • "Surprise" (English version with Susan and Oscar's cutaway) Found, but with incomplete video sources
  • Ernie meets a Candy Salesman with Pumpkin Seeds (once posted on YouTube in German)
  • Grover and Little Bird at the Zoo (once posted on YouTube in German)
  • Ernie makes a friend (1969)
  • G is for Grover (1969)
  • Anything Muppets sing "Up, Up and Away."
  • Kermit shows "Between" by placing three objects on a table and then ducks underneath it when BDM comes along and devours the table to bits
  • "People in Your Neighborhood": Dentist and Bus Driver (1969)
  • Two Monsters sing "Up and Down" (1969; not to be confused with the Season 2 version that featured Cookie Monster and Herry[20])
  • AB Song is sung by the barbershop quartet
  • A monster barbershop quartet singing about the number 4
  • Post office song - a hip song about the post office and mail delivery featuring the line '...to the post office where it will stay, for just one day...' (live-action)
  • Figure skater - a clip featuring a figure skater skating to the tune of "Don't You Know You're Beautiful?" (live-action)
  • Horses pulling heavy loads - Horses participate in a contest where they keep trying to pull heavier and heavier loads until they can't do it anymore. (live-action)
  • Circles on film - a circle 'wraps itself' around several live-action objects, an 'OK' sign being one of them. (live-action)
  • Riding on the Train - a song about train rides, with one of the lines going '...the A Train, B Train, Double C, takes you where to want to be...' (live-action)
  • Cracks aka 'Crack Master' (found Sesame Street short; 1975) Spanish Version

“Rare Sesame Street Muppet Clips” Original Listing

This is a replication of the original Article Requests section for clips from this series. I request that this section of the article remains unedited for the sake of completeness:

This is a section devoted to rare clips from Sesame Street, added for no reason whatsoever.

  • "Come Join Us!" (a Muppet band teaches the viewers to "Join Us!" It can be seen on YouTube, but dubbed in Castilian Spanish only.)
  • All sketches of "Leslie Mostly" (rare sketches featuring host Leslie Mostly who interviewed a Sesame Street character in his/her home. Guests included Kermit, Guy Smiley, Cookie Monster, Grover, The Count, and Mumford.)
  • All Deena and Pearl sketches Here's one! -R
  • All Professor Hastings sketches
  • Three monsters demonstrate big, bigger, and biggest
  • Sherlock Hemlock's Twiddle-Bug Mystery
  • A Muppet coach teaches her baseball team to play string quartet (rare; last seen in Castilian Spanish on Barrio Sesamo)
  • News Flash: Dr Nobel Price's Slush-a-Boots (Galoshes)
  • A little girl teaches a monster marching band do play in a parade.
  • A Guy Smiley game show with Grover, Biff, and Prairie Dawn.
  • "We Coulda" (sung by Biff to Sully)
  • "I'm Square" (sung by Bert with Ernie)
  • "The Sound of the Letter A" (sung by Big Bird)
  • A Miami Mice episode with the Count
  • Starship Surprise (not to be confused with Spaceship Surprise)
  • Two Muppet kids on a ship
  • Muppets cooperate to make lemonade
  • Muppets cooperate to build a clubhouse
  • Muppets and Monsters count to 10 (1969)
  • Muppets and Monsters (plus Bert and Oscar) demonstrate none, some, and all (1969)
  • "Surprise" (English version with Susan and Oscar's cutaway)
  • "The Countess Counts" (sung by the Countess with Muppet patrons)
  • A B song sung by the barbershop quartet
  • A monster barbershop quartet singing about the number 4
  • "The Garden"-style environmental song with Big Jeffy and two female backup singers with cameos from Grover and Cookie
  • "We Equal Three" (sung by three Muppet kids in a winter scenario)
  • The Spanish version of the "Small V" cartoon ("Ve menuscula. Ve-ve-ve-VA-VA-VA-VOOOOOM!")
  • 1. Gymnast - a gymnast (blonde hair, black leotard) was featured in six different clips. One of them - 'between' - has been posted. The other five, yet to be posted, are 'around,' 'beginning/end,' 'close to/away from,' 'over/under,' and 'slow.'
  • 2. 'Beginning/end' - five stop-motion clips featuring 'beginning' and 'end.' They are a barber giving a customer a haircut, a man eating a hot dog, a man painting a picture, a woman making a sandwich, and kids waiting in line.
  • 3. Scuba diver - a clip featuring a scuba diver who finds five shells underwater, counts them on the shore and is surprised by a crab.
  • 4. Post office song - a hip song about the post office and mail delivery featuring the line '...to the post office where it will stay, for just one day...'
  • 5. Danger - a man walks down the street while reading a newspaper and barely avoids running into dangerous things. He then gets nailed by something (revolving door?) in the end.
  • 6. Figure skater - a clip featuring a figure skater skating to the tune of "Don't You Know You're Beautiful?"
  • 7. Horses pulling heavy loads - Horses participate in a contest where they keep trying to pull heavier and heavier loads until they can't do it anymore.
  • 8. David and Maria - David and Maria are supposed to meet each other in a park but have trouble finding each other due to miscommunication. The words demonstrated are 'above' and 'below' and the music score is electronic-like.
  • 9. Circles on film - a circle 'wraps itself' around several live-action objects, an 'OK' sign being one of them.
  • 10. Riding on the Train - a song about train rides, with one of the lines going '...the A Train, B Train, Double C, takes you where to want to be...'
  • 11. Batman and Robin catch Penguin and his gang with dirty windows and demonstrate 'clean' and 'dirty' while doing so.
  • 12. Kermit tries to demonstrate the word 'through' by having Cookie Monster run through a frame lined with tissue paper. Everything then backfires as Cookie Monster stops short of the frame, wonders what to do, and when Kermit tells Cookie thus, Cookie decides to demonstrate 'through' in another way - by smashing the frame over Kermit's head, saying 'This is THROUGH!'
  • Of the above, the first ten are live-action, the eleventh one is animated, and the last is obviously a Muppet clip.
  • Crack Master (Spanish Version)

Other Noteworthy Sesame Street Clips

The following is a brief list of Sesame Street clips for which there are separate articles on this wiki:

Episodes:


Sketches:


Specials:

References

  1. Wikipedia article. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  2. MuppetWiki, with its massive size of over 30,000 pages, is one of the best places to research Sesame Street episodes, skits, and related content. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  3. MuppetWiki entry on Deena and Pearl. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  4. MuppetWiki entry on the Gymnast segments. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  5. MuppetWiki entry on “Come Join Us!” Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  6. YouTube Castilian Spanish dub of "Come Join Us" Song Retrieved 1 Feb ’17.
  7. MuppetWiki excerpt about the Slushabouts skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  8. MuppetWiki entry on Miami Mice. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  9. YouTube German dub of the Miami Mice "Space Center" skit Retrieved 1 Feb ’17.
  10. MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0256, the first known appearance of the Twiddlebug Mystery skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  11. YouTube German dub of Sherlock Hemlock’s Twiddlebug Mystery Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  12. MuppetWiki entry on the Sherlock Hemlock Twiddlebug Mystery book. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  13. MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0677, the first episode to show the David and Maria miscommunication skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  14. MuppetWiki entry on the “Through” Cookie Monster and Kermit skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  15. MuppetWiki entry on Episode 0334, the first episode appearance of the “Through” skit. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  16. MuppetWiki entry on Big Jeffy. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  17. The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word “BED“ Retrieved 26 July ’17.
  18. YouTube German dub of Grover and Little Bird at the zoo. Retrieved 18 Sep '17.
  19. MuppetWiki entry on Spaceship Surprise. Retrieved 16 Sept ’16.
  20. MuppetWiki entry on Up and Down from Season 1. Retrieved 1 Feb ’17.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

14 months ago
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What about color versions of episodes found in black and white (episode 179 for example)?
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TheYoshiState

14 months ago
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I've noticed something peculiar and somewhat ironic about that "Riding on the Train" song...that lyric line specifically mentions New York City Subway services, specifically those that were around in the 1970's which is more than likely when that short was produced...the ironic part here is that all of this was during a time when the NYC subway certainly wasn't too exciting...all sorts of random double-letter services serving different terminals or even different areas of NYC, along with the public's mental images of the subway and the fact that graffiti was literally everywhere and that it was extremely crime-ridden would certainly make it's target audience who wanted to do what that song's about turn back around right away and be better off on a taxi.
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BlackBearCJ

11 months ago
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Yeah but it was also a show originally intended for kids of quite low income households that didn't really have a choice, and when you're that young things can seem not so bad sometimes when it's all you know.
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Anonymous user #2

13 months ago
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Everyone should know that episode 847 only aired once and is lost
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Anonymous user #3

12 months ago
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I know my Grandma has an old tape with probably 5 PBS shows that were recorded. I don't remember what episode was on the tape, but I know it was an old one since Big Bird had a very different design. I think I still own the tape, but unfortunately I don't have a working VCR. :(
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BigRedMonster86

5 months ago
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Well, the problem is that buying a new VCR is quite expensive.
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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Why was episode #179 in black and white?
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Anonymous user #5

8 months ago
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I remember a sketch about a West Highland White Terrier, on a rocky beach/ocean, that chased/dug for crabs, or perhaps went on a boat.

Vague, I know, but does anyone else remember it?
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Anonymous user #6

8 months ago
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Kermit was kinda creepy back then
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Anonymous user #7

7 months ago
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Just wondering, does anyone know who the gymnast appearing on Sesame Street during the 1970's was? The clips of her demonstrating 'around' and 'between' are on YouTube, as shown above.
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Guywholikesspace

7 months ago
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I could've sworn i saw the we equal three thing when i was little
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BigRedMonster86

5 months ago
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Oscarfan just ripped a screenshot of the Two-Headed Monster "BED" skit yesterday: https://vign...170706004148

I don't know where he got it from and I asked him to upload the skit on YouTube.
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Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
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It seems like Oscarfan finds all the rarities!! I want to ask him where he found the pictures for episode 2909, but I don't have an account. X(
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Anonymous user #9

2 months ago
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If someone posts "Pearl Is Sick" will you add it in.
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