Henson Perspective: Guest-starring Bruce Forsyth!

Bruce Forsyth spends this episode panicked that a gawky bird might find him attractive, astonished at sharing a dressing room with a chicken, and grossed out by the affections of a pig… but wants to rent a great-looking duck for a whole month. Ben and Pete spend the episode confused by this, along with many other inconsistencies. It’s a wild one, folks.

Sources and References:

Bruce Forsyth’s connection to, founder of the Royal Horticultural Society, Willam Forsyth was established on Who Do You Think You Are? on the BBC in 2010. The original icons for Bruce’s avatar on Neopets can be found on the Fandom page about the penguin that sported his name and bowtie. Forsyth’s Guinness Record for longest-career for a male entertainer is still current on the Guinness Book website.

The age difference between Forsyth and Julie Andrews in 1968’s Star! doesn’t show up on any of the six listicles Ben read while writing this blog post (most of which seemed to crib from each other), but this BuzzFeed article and its ilk does support his claim that that kind of trivia tends to entertain (also missing from the ones he looked at, his particular favorites: the age differences between Cary Grant and Jessie Royce Landis in North by Northwest and those of Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate).

And, apparently, it is one of those things that people have heard (fnar!) that ducks don’t echo. However, The Guardian has reported almost twenty years ago that scientists have stuffed ducks into acoustic chambers and discovered that quacks do, in fact, echo, if but very faintly. How this news hasn’t completely supplanted the contrary belief tells you most of what you need to know about the internet.

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