I never knew

that the Count on Sesame Street’s real name is “Count von Count.” I always thought it was just ‘The Count.’

I was reading a Dooce posting yesterday and it referenced ‘The Count’ and provided a link to the Wikipedia page dedicated to him.
Other stuff that I discovered:

  • “Interestingly, some traditional vampire myths depict vampires as having a similar obsession with counting small objects, providing a means of distracting them by tossing a handful of seeds or salt on the ground.”

    Huh, and I just thought it was a pun regarding his name or nobility title.

    This also reminded me of the vampire episode of The X-Files named “Bad Blood,” probably my favorite X-Files episode. This one had Luke Wilson and the chubby red-headed kid from The Sandlot. It wasn’t until I saw this episode that I learned the theme song from “Shaft.” (They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother-SHUT YOUR MOUTH! Just talking about Shaft.)

  • “Originally, following a counting session, the Count would laugh maniacally, “AH! AH! AH!” as thunder roared overhead and lightning flashed. This practice, however, has been discontinued, as it scared some young children.”

    I say bring back the thunder! If a kid can’t take the thunder, the kid isn’t worth keeping.

  • The Count has had two girlfriends:
    Countess Von Backwards

    and Countess Dahling Von Dahling.

    Personally, I think this Vamp-gigalo can do better.

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