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The Time Kermit the Frog Covered Talking Heads

If you were a teen in the mid-1990s who loved The Muppets and worshipped David Byrne, today as an adult you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, asking yourself as you read this article, well, how did I forget about that time Kermit the Frog performed the Talking Heads’ “Once In A Lifetime” on primetime television?

That’s right: As The A.V. Club points out, today, July 7, is the 20th anniversary of that time Kermit—who’s best known for the hit singles “Bein’ Green” and “Rainbow Connection”—took a break from ballads and channeled his inner Scottish rocker on a 1996 episode of ABC’s Muppets Tonight. A musician named Giganticus (who, fittingly, is the world’s largest performance artist) was supposed to appear on the Muppets’ latest show, but was beaten up by his rival, Super Giganticus, on his way to the studio. Luckily, Kermit was there to save the day: Donning an oversized white suit similar to the one Byrne wore in Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, Kermit sang a snippet of “Once In A Lifetime” while dancing in the singer’s trademark jerky style.

Kermit’s performance was received with enthusiastic applause—but, not surprisingly, Statler and Waldorf’s review was, well, “Same as it ever was: terrible.” Watch the whole thing in the video above.

[h/t The A.V. Club]

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

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Speedy Delivery: Mister Rogers Will Get His Own Stamp in 2018
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USPS 2018 Mister Rogers stamp
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After weeks of mailing out this year’s holiday cards, postage might be the last thing you want to think about. But the U.S. Postal Service has just given us a sneak peek at the many iconic people, places, and things that will be commemorated with their own stamps in 2018, and one in particular has us excited to send out a few birthday cards: Mister Rogers.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers’s groundbreaking PBS series that the USPS says “inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty,” the mail service shared a mockup of what the final stamp may look like. On it, Rogers—decked out in one of his trademark colorful cardigans (all of which were hand-knitted by his mom, by the way)—smiles for the camera alongside King Friday XIII, ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Though no official release date for Fred’s forever stamp has been given, Mister Rogers is just one of many legendary figures whose visages will grace a piece of postage in 2018. Singer/activist Lena Horne will be the 41st figure to appear as part of the USPS’s Black Heritage series, while former Beatle John Lennon will be the face of the newest Music Icons collection. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will also be honored.

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