The Muppet personalities were not influenced by the police officer and the cabdriver in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’
The Muppet characters were not influenced by the police officer and also the cabdriver in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ (BETH A. KEISER/AP FILE PHOTO)
'It's a Wonderful Life' personalities didn't inspire 'Severy same Street's' Bert and also Ernie

Let"s acquire the annual correction out of the method initially.

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As I unveiled my 1ninth yearly Christmas Quiz on Christmas Eve, I predicted that I would certainly be adhering to that up with my 1ninth annual Christmas Quiz Correction.

Here it is.

Actually, I gained 2 things wrong, according to a pair of readers who feel tright here need to have actually been a better answer than Hermey for my question around the holiday TV special character whose hair many carefully represents the president"s. They argued that a far better alternative was the Heat Miser from one more animated present, "The Year Without a Santa Claus."

I confess I never before was a fan of "The Year Without a Santa Claus." In fact, as soon as I experienced the Heat Miser represented at among my favorite Christmas screens — 1309 W. Minor St., Emmaus — I had to ask someone who he was. If you"re in the exact same boat, you can uncover him digital.

Either means, I"m going to stand by my guns. The Heat Miser has weird hair, however it stands directly up. Hermey"s hair has actually that odd sweeping quality that provides the president so distinctive.

I did make a mistake on another question, though. It was:

13. The "Sesame Street" personalities Bert and also Ernie were attracted from this Christmas movie.

A. "Miracle on 34th Street" B. "It"s a Wonderful Life" C. "Die Hard" D. "White Christmas."

I constantly have actually thought that they were attracted from Bert and also Ernie, the cop and also cab driver in "It"s a Wonderful Life." And I"m not alone. Even some human being linked through "Seexact same Street" and some of its associated websites have actually asserted they were the incentive.

But reportedly, we"re wrong.

The reader directed me to the Muppet Wikia webwebsite, which explains:

"The old Ask website attributes this response:

""While Bert and Ernie"s names have actually frequently been attached to those of the cop and cab driver in "It"s A Wonderful Life," Jim Henson and also others have constantly sassist that that is just a coincidence. Apparently, Bert"s and Ernie"s names were picked simply bereason the creators/writers favored them, they fit the personalities and they sounded excellent together.""

Speaking of city legends, I have actually an example of what you shouldn"t carry out as soon as someone corrects the bogus message you"re forwarding to everyone who accepted your frifinish request on Facebook.

Many type of civilization over the years have actually forwarded me the claim that coughing rhythmically in the time of a heart attack can increase your chances of survival. It"s recognized as Cough CPR.

Here"s the key component of this well-known email, which has actually been circulating on the internet for practically 20 years:

"Since many type of world are alone as soon as they experience a heart attack, this write-up appeared in order. Without aid the person whose heart stops beating properly and that begins to feel faint, has just around 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However before, these victims can assist themselves by coughing continuously and also extremely intensely. A deep breath have to be taken before each cough, and also the cough need to be deep and also extended, as when developing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and also a cough must be recurring around eextremely 2 secs without let up until aid arrives, or till the heart is felt to be beating generally aget. Deep breaths acquire oxygen right into the lungs and also coughing motions squeeze the heart and also keep the blood circulating.

"Tell as many various other human being as possible around this, it can save their lives!"

When I got this by means of Facebook messenger last week, I advised the sender, among the newest of my 4,082 Facebook friends, that it"s an urban legend.

He surprised me by responding defiantly that he heard it 25 years ago from his brother-in-law, a medical professional, and he doesn"t agree it"s false. So I advised him to go to or various other metropolitan legend sites to look it up. Here"s component of the Snopes explanation:

"Those kindhearted souls that started it on its method most likely had no inkling the advice they were forwarding could perhaps be harmful to someone undergoing a heart strike, yet that is indeed the situation.

"If you knew precisely what you were doing, this procedure can help conserve your life. If, however, you were to attempt cough CPR at the wrong time (bereason you misjudged the type of cardiac occasion being experienced) or went about it in the wrong way, it can make matters worse." Better, they concluded, to contact for assist and chew an aspirin.

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He responded that he doesn"t take into consideration Snopes to be a trustworthy source and sarcastically invited me to track down everyone he mutual this via and give them my opinion.

So I sent out him a attach to the Amerihave the right to Heart Association"s response, which is that it"s not helpful for unresponsive victims and shouldn"t be taught to "lay rescuers." I might simply as quickly have connected him to the British Heart Foundation, the National Safety Council or any kind of variety of other clinical or metropolitan legfinish sites that have described that this is bad advice that has the potential to carry out even more harm than excellent.

But it wouldn"t have actually mattered. He"s component of our flourishing fact-resistant strain of people.

He created, "And what if the AMA is wrong Ed. They have actually been wrong before. Are you going to opportunity it and also not cough?"

He concluded, "You value just your opinion supported by absolutes . That is a lonely world, my friend."