Some Sesame Street buffs know that Oscar the Grouch started out as orange in the first season, but then became green later on. What most people don’t know is the color change was Jim Henson’s subtle nod to Oscar’s origin: Henson copied the idea from a French puppet named Cesar le Grincheux, an irascible copper-hued character. Henson, seeing this as a gift from France to the US (much like the Statue of Liberty) took the idea and changed Cesar (a French movie award) to Oscar (a US movie award), with the proper “oxidation” to green.

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