There are a lot of frightening things in the world we live in today. The one thing that shouldn’t be scary and that should be a reminder of the age of innocence we all once lived in as children is Elmo. Since his 1984 debut on Sesame Street, Elmo has been a beloved little character with his welcoming smile, perpetual age of 3 1/2, and his brightly colored red fur. That was up until a few days ago, when a video surfaced from the Canada Science and Technology Museum that showed (we hope you’re sitting down) a furless Tickle Me Elmo doll.
Some might remember the Tickle Me Elmo doll being the catalyst of mass panic back in 1996, when cutthroat parents stopped at nothing to obtain one of these toys for their kids during the holiday season. It was insanity. What is even more insane is this video. Once you watch it, it cannot be unseen. Any image and memory of our childhood view of Elmo is wiped away and replaced by this clip showing the doll stripped of fur and skin, still fully operational and giggling, which makes this even more creepy. Thanks. Thanks a lot. Take a look at the video below, but be warned: it’s horrifying and you may need to seek therapy.
Yes. It’s very disturbing. The spastic limbs, the wires, that…laugh. It’s all very frightening and the stuff of nightmares. Who would do such a thing to poor Elmo?! It’s all in the name of science, according to Canada Science and Technology Museum. They didn’t stop there, however. No. No they didn’t. While much of the internet was still trying to process and eliminate the flashes of frightening imagery from the viral video, the museum hit us with another video. This next one takes the cake, or cookie, rather. This time, there is another Elmo, which looks like a singing precursor to the Terminator T-800, joined by a dismantled Cookie Monster. Where does it end?
Now, while all of the adults are freaked out about this, it appears that the reactions from kids are very different. Their inquisitive minds are fascinated by the way things work, so from their point of view it is easily a cool exercise for youngsters to show how toys actually work.
So, hooray for science! Good luck sleeping!