National Grouch Day

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According to Sesame Street Magazine, and the Muppet Wiki (apparently one exists), October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced.

Man oh man. I didn’t know that muppet taxonomy got so deep. Check it:

Grouches are an eccentric race of pessimistic, argumentative, unhygenic furry creatures who prefer to live wherever there is garbage: trash cans, city dumps, even the occasional landfill (although, some Grouches live in crummy houses, broken cars, and some live in “yucky beautiful houses”). Grouches are a distinct species from Monsters.

A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced. Oscar is especially aware of this.

3959zbAnything a Grouch likes is best described (to you and me) as rotten, smelly, yucky, awful, dirty and trashy to name a few. A Grouch will only buy appliances that don’t work, keep pets no person would keep in a house (such as elephants and worms), eat foods that are undesirable for any reason (they have a particular affinity for sardines in anything), sing out-of-tune, play the radio at high volume, and bathe in mud. [not to be confused with crusty punks– SS]

The most famous Grouch is Oscar the Grouch but many other Grouches have surfaced over the years. Grouches figured prominently in both Sesame Street films Follow That Bird and especially The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Oscar's uncle, "Hank"The latter explained that most Grouches come from Grouchland USA, presented as Oscar’s hometown, though many Grouches are also found internationally. According to the production notes for Elmo in Grouchland 25 new Grouch puppets were made for the film (and reused in variations to create a large Grouch population). Many of these are still used on the show today.

Have a Dirty, Rotten, Stinky, Trashy, Grouchy Day, Dammit!
Sunshine Superboy

Bonus:
something that does NOT make me grouchy is Leslie Feist singing on Sesame Street (the part where she says “one two three four chickens just back from the shore” cracks my shit up!)

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