Recently it has been revealed to me that in Quebec, children do not grow up with Sesame Street and children’s programs of a similar cheery ilk. Cartoons in Quebec, apparently, are an amalgam of Edward Gorey story plots and Japanese anime. As Le Clown put it “we were raised on cartoon characters that were orphans; miserable, sad, abused and ignored, and more often than not, beaten up”. It puts me in the mind of a Gorey favorite, The Hapless Child
At any rate, I always took it for granted that Sesame Street characters are recognizable, almost iconic, in most of the western world. It seems that I was dreadfully wrong and completely ethnocentric. But I do find it amusing that our Canadian neighbors to the North do not always recognize America’s most famous friends, Ernie and Burt.
So today, while biking along to meet a friend for coffee, I realized I was wearing my one of my favorite shirts and how apropos it is to both Movember and Sesame Street. Then I realized I still needed to post a Movember post while at the same time posting some ego-stroking material for Le Clown, because everyone is doing it and I feel compelled to jump on the bandwagon. I even stopped on my bike to whip out my notebook and make notes. Pretty impressive, eh?
So, Le Clown, a test for you – here we go…
(It’s 12 seconds – listen for god’s sake)
Rule #1) If you are Le Clown, and you’ll know this by looking in the mirror and/or checking your government issued ID, take note of the tee-shirt picture below. If you are not Le Clown, my sympathies, and you may look at the picture as well- but that is all…
Rule #2) Le Clown, without using the Internet Tubes OR The Ringmistress as a research resource, name the Mustachioed characters above. I will give you a hint, to my knowledge, not one of them has been beaten into submission by a drunkard in an orphanage.
Rule #3) Be amused that I own a mustache shirt and sleep on flannel sheets with penguins.
Rule #4) Listen to the song below. Because I’m pretty sure it was written for you, Le Clown. Note the circus intro and it is aptly titled: The Man on the Burning Tightrope
Good luck – and may the
farce force be with you
That is all ~