December 2022

Interesting Facts (pt.I)
Cookie Monster's Real Name is "Sid"


    If you’ve ever wondered what appears on Cookie Monster’s birth certificate, the answer isn’t “Cookie Monster” — it’s “Sid.”

    The name "Sid" rather than "Cookie Monster" can be seen on Sid's birth certificate, if you've ever wondered what it says. The resident cookie enthusiast of Sesame Street joins the likes of Yoshi (T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas), Cap'n Crunch (Horatio Magellan Crunch), and other fictitious characters with "actual" names you might not be familiar with. Snuffleupagus' first name is actually Aloysius (speaking of Sesame Street). In the 2004 episode "The First Time Me Eat Cookie," where he says, "In truth, back then, me think my name was Sid," Cookie Monster revealed his real identity.


    Despite this, many people were still in disbelief when the character tweeted in October 2022, "Did you know my name is Sid? However, I still enjoy the nickname "Cookie Monster."

    Cookie Monster's fondness of his namesake dessert hasn't waned despite his 2004 hit song "A Cookie Is a Sometimes Food"; he also has no plans to change his moniker to Veggie Monster. Jim Henson created Sid in 1966 for a General Foods Canada advertisement that was never shown. Sid made his Sesame Street debut on the show's first episode three years later, and he has remained a fan favorite for more than 50 years.
    The color of Oscar the Grouch has never changed.

    By The Numbers

    "Sesame Street" seasons as of November 2022: 53
    Rubber Duckie, You're the One" attained 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1970 
    The other Muppet monsters have four fingers on each hand, however Cookie Monster has five.
    "Sesame Street" has earned the most Daytime Emmys of any program with 142.

    Have You Heard?

    The name "Sesame Street" was almost something else.

    The program was originally intended to be called 123 Avenue B while it was still in the development phase. However, there were two overlapping issues with that title: The producers were concerned that viewers outside of New York Metropolis wouldn't be interested in it because it was a real address in the city. In part, the phrase "Open, sesame" from the One Thousand and One Nights tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" inspired the choice of Sesame Street. The most well-known address of the program, 123 Sesame Street, a two-story brownstone apartment where Bert and Ernie reside, contains traces of the original title.

    From: Interesting Facts