Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"True" History Tuesday - Beaker Invented the Beaker

Richard Conderbnerellos is credited with the invention of the beaker, but in reality the beaker was invented by Beaker in 1846.  Prior to his career as Beaker on The Muppet Show, Beaker was actually a scientist doing groundbreaking scientific work in the production of glassware designed to assist with doing groundbreaking scientific work.  Unfortunately, Beaker was quite clumsy and his glassware often ended up broken and useless.  Naturally, this was more than a little frustrating for a puppet with nervous tendencies.  His maladroit ways left him with several disciplinary write-ups from his boss, Dr. Bunsun Honeydew.  However, one of his designs did survive.  It was a round glass container that could be used to hold, stir and heat liquids.  Beaker added units of measurement.  His excited beeping and screaming could be heard throughout the lab.  He was so proud he used his own name to name his invention.  Ultimately, he retired to a large traveling trunk until someone new put their hand up his ass and reinvented him as the actor Beaker.  He made his first appearance in 1977 on season 2 of The Muppet Show.  His popularity has grown ever since and Beaker’s invention of the beaker is still in use today.

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