Why Disney owns muppetfucker.net

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Disney, through the Jim Henson Company, is the owner of the domain name muppetfucker.net. There is nothing at the address, but... why? io9's Beth Elderkin investigates and finds the answer to be the obvious one: a guy registered the domain long ago and the muppet people made him give it up on pain of expensive legal action.

Austin resident Noah Lee started going by the DJ name Muppetfucker in 1995, after he and a friend of his came up with it and thought it was funny. He used the name for six years, and owned several MuppetFucker domain names, including MuppetFucker.net. Lee told io9 the Jim Henson Company likely found out about Muppetfucker after he performed at SXSW in March 2001 and got a review in a local weekly magazine. A few days after the review came out, Lee got a cease-and-desist letter from the Jim Henson Company, which demanded he stop using the name Muppetfucker and hand over all domain rights.

“The day the letter showed up, I walked to my mailbox and opened it up, and when I pulled out that Kermit letterhead I knew right then it was over,” Lee told io9.

Whatever trademark registrations surround the word "muppet" must be quite shopworn by now: in the UK, the word is a common euphemism for "idiot".

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The Muppets Return in Great Moments of American History

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On Sunday October 2, the Muppets arrived at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World to star in a new show, Great Moments in American History. As expressed by Samuel Johnson in another context in 1777, when a person is tired of the Muppets, he is tired of life.

The show stars Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Sam Eagle, Fozzie Bear, and other bags of foam and fur.

There are two different versions of the show, one 11 minutes and the other 8, both of which are repeated multiple times a day, and include a new musical number. The Muppets appear in windows above street level.

In addition to the four or five puppeteers required, there is also a singing performer on the street who portrays the Town Crier. With so much labor involved, the notoriously tight-fisted folks who run Walt Disney World probably have already decided on a closing date for these shows because they are so labor intensive (I would love to be proved wrong. I’ve been waiting about 15 years for a decent attraction in the Imagination pavilion at Epcot with no news in sight).

In the meantime, you can delight in the Muppets on your next visit to the Magic Kingdom. For those who can’t wait, or who won’t make the live show, Attractions Magazine posted videos of the new shows. Take it away, Sam Eagle!

The Full Declaration Show:

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Things I miss: Fraggle Rock

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Dance your cares away!

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Kermit the Frog and the Electric Mayhem perform Talking Heads' "Once In A Lifetime"

Recently, I went to Outside Lands 2016, where bands such as Radiohead, Lionel Richie, LCD Soundsystem, Duran Duran and many more were playing. But my favorite was Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (The Muppets Band). The day after, I looked up the video for "Once in a Lifetime," by Talking Heads, and happened to find this obscure gem!

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John Oliver and the cast of Sesame Street on lead poisoning

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In light of Flint lead catastrophe, John Oliver gets the cast of Sesame Street to update their 20-year-old segment warning kids to steer clear of lead paint, making it over into an economic parable about moral hazard and aligning incentives. (via Rolling Stone) Read the rest

Watch Jack White and The Muppets sing Stevie Wonder

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On the season finale of The Muppets, Jack White and the Electric Mayhem covered Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life." The single will be released as a 7" vinyl single from White's Third Man Records.

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Bake: Cookie Monster bark

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Melt chocolate into slabs, coat with blue candy-melts, and stud with broken oreos and edible googly eyes and voila: it's as though you blenderized a thousand Cookie Monsters, rolled them flat, and baked them. Read the rest

Watch Dave Grohl's drum battle with The Muppets' Animal

Pssssh... Animal all day. Below, Grohl and Electric Mayhem perform the Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly."

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Rowlf the dog gives a dramatic reading of “Grim Grinning Ghosts.”

Part of the ongoing Disneyland/Muppet crossover video series: I'm away from home and blogging this so that my daughter sees it! Read the rest

M.W.A: Fozzie and Kermit do Express Yourself by N.W.A

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AnimalRobot always does great mashups, and this timely version of Fozzie Bear doing N.W.A's "Express Yourself" taps into the moment's zeitgeist. Read the rest

WATCH: Jungle Boogie by Muppets' Electric Mayhem with Sam the Eagle

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Not even straight-laced Sam the Eagle can resist the funky riffs of Kool & the Gang when laid down by The Electric Mayhem. Read the rest

Mad Max: Muppet Road

JoopaDoops on Deviant Art explains:

“I love the Muppets so I tend to picture them as all kinds of pop culture phenoms. In this case, once I pictured Dr. Teeth as Immortan Joe, I had to make it happen. Painted in Photoshop CS4 in June 2015.”

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The Muppets do Digital Underground's 'The Humpty Dance'

Fantastic mashup. Gonzo as Shock G. Read the rest

Muppets tea-ad is brilliant (shame about the tea)

"Be More Tea," an ad for Lipton's tea, is sheer genius: Kermit finds himself tempest-tossed in a hard, uncaring version of Manhattan where everyone is an avatar of Animal. Through calmness and good nature, he tames the city and rescues Miss Piggy. It's a lovely message about the power to change the world by changing how you respond to it, and funny besides.

Shame that the tea isn't very good.

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Muppets Character Encyclopedia

Bios and trivia on all your favorite Muppets! The Muppet Character Encyclopedia appears to be the perfect guide to introduce young children to the entire cast and crew of the Muppets.

This would have come in very handy when I introduced my daughter Hannah to the Muppet Show, last year.

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RIP, John Henson, son of Jim Henson

John Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, has died at 48 from a heart-attack. Henson, who had no history of heart problems, was a board member of the Jim Henson Company, and sometimes played Sweetums in Muppet movies and shows. Read the rest

Swedish Chef/Gordon Ramsay cook-off

As the joyous day of new Muppet movie looms, there are more and more little "muppisodes" surfacing: in this cameo-saturated, seven-minute delight, the Swedish Chef has a cook-off with Gordon Ramsay. It's just fab.

Check out this AWESOME "Muppisode" with the Muppets and a special guest star! (via IO9) Read the rest

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