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#1 MeaganS

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:14 AM

What does the Man in the Yellow Hat do for a living that he can afford a fancy apartment, a country estate, and a troublesome monkey? Is he ever going to hook up with the museum curator lady or what?

I know I have lots of these types of questions, I just need to think on it some more.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:38 AM

Where are Max and Ruby's parents? Why are they always alone and then occasionally their grandmother shows up?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:40 AM

Why do Dora's parents send her off into the woods alone when they are filled with giant spiders, angry trolls and annoying monkeys.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

Why isn't the Island of Sodor covered in smog?

Why hasn't Sir Toppam Hat been fired for incompetence?

Can the drivers control the trains or not?

Why haven't those reckless trains been scrapped already?

Do the taxpayers know that steam engines are being sent all over the Island to pick up single objects or give one person a tour?

Why won't Farmer McCool hire some farmhands instead of expecting trains to do all his work?

Thomas once tried to send Neville to his death based on a rumor, why was this just brushed off?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:48 AM

Why is Caillou bald?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:50 AM

Where are Max and Ruby's parents? Why are they always alone and then occasionally their grandmother shows up?


Oh my gosh, my 12 and 14 year old daughters who get stuck watching Max and Ruby sometimes cause of the littles always ask this question.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:52 AM

Why is Franklin the one with the real name and everyone else is called by what they are, Bear, Badger, Fox.........

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:53 AM

Why is Caillou bald?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:55 AM

What a great post!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:55 AM

Why is Caillou bald?


And why is his freaking head so HUGE? And why is he always 4?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:56 AM

Why is Franklin the one with the real name and everyone else is called by what they are, Bear, Badger, Fox.........


Awww Franklin! i miss that show. My kids used to love it. Bear was such a good friend.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:57 AM

I have wondered all of the above!!!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:57 AM

Why do Mickey's ears rotate around his head and always face forward no matter which way he is looking?

What is Mickey's job exactly?

Does Caillou ever get older? What about Rosie?

Does Sid ONLY ever do science at school?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:57 AM

I have wondered all of the above!!!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:00 PM

Why isn't the Island of Sodor covered in smog?

Why hasn't Sir Toppam Hat been fired for incompetence?

Can the drivers control the trains or not?

Why haven't those reckless trains been scrapped already?

Do the taxpayers know that steam engines are being sent all over the Island to pick up single objects or give one person a tour?

Why won't Farmer McCool hire some farmhands instead of expecting trains to do all his work?

Thomas once tried to send Neville to his death based on a rumor, why was this just brushed off?


I have always wondered why the railways on sodor have continued under the same leadership. They have a truely dreadful safety record.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:01 PM

Why are the kids on Arthur friends with Muffy or Binky? Both of them are generally terrible.

How can that Tyranasaurus on Dinosaur Train possibly be getting along so well being raised by those pteranadons?

How come in the Dora world, climbing a mountain actually gets you close enough to touch the stars? What in the world are stars made of in that world? The physics of this confounds me.

Are the machines and tools on Bob the Builder slave labor or does he pay them? How does that work, anyway?

Is the teacher on Sid the Science Kid a mind-reader or what? How does she always know to construct a lesson about exactly what they've been thinking about?

#17 MeaganS

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:01 PM

What is Mr. Rogers doing at the house where he hosts the show? I mean, he always enters at the beginning and leaves to go home at the end. Does he just come to feed the fish and hang around for a bit? He does have his mail delivered there, so he must not be just squatting, right? So then why the separate house? Is it just so he can get residency in that awesome neighborhood?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:03 PM

Are the Teletubbies like electric eels or something? What's powering the screens on their bellies? Do they plug in at night to recharge?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:03 PM

Is Oscar the Grouch a timelord? His trashcan is clearly bigger on the inside.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:04 PM

How can the school system afford such small teacher/student ratios and endless field trips for Ms. Frizzle's class? And do the parents ever sign permission slips? And if so, who would allow their kid to go on a field trip into their classmate's body?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:05 PM

Is Oscar the Grouch a timelord? His trashcan is clearly bigger on the inside.


*Like* :001_smile:

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:08 PM

Why does Willa have elephants, a kangaroo, crocodile etc. but doesn't have a cat or a dog?

Why doesn't the crocodile eat the other animals?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:11 PM

Is Oscar the Grouch a timelord? His trashcan is clearly bigger on the inside.


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:11 PM

Are PC Plum and Miss Hooly from Balamory doing it?

I have often wondered about the happily co-existant animals in kids shows. Is there a system of sacrifice in order to keep the meat eaters fed?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:12 PM

What is Mr. Rogers doing at the house where he hosts the show? I mean, he always enters at the beginning and leaves to go home at the end. Does he just come to feed the fish and hang around for a bit? He does have his mail delivered there, so he must not be just squatting, right? So then why the separate house? Is it just so he can get residency in that awesome neighborhood?


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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:18 PM

When will Manny and Kelly start dating?

Why does no one find the fact Manny has talking tools at all odd, when there are no other anthropomorphic objects in town?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:34 PM

I have often wondered about The Man With the Yellow Hat's lucrative lack of career. In one episode, he writes a book that doesn't sell very many copies, so we know he's not an author!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:40 PM

Is Oscar the Grouch a timelord? His trashcan is clearly bigger on the inside.


I will never see Oscar the same way again. :lol:

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:44 PM

How can that Tyranasaurus on Dinosaur Train possibly be getting along so well being raised by those pteranadons?

How come in the Dora world, climbing a mountain actually gets you close enough to touch the stars? What in the world are stars made of in that world? The physics of this confounds me.

Is the teacher on Sid the Science Kid a mind-reader or what? How does she always know to construct a lesson about exactly what they've been thinking about?


These are the questions I was going to post!! Especially the Sid one. My DD is also always asking why Sid is orange. I do not have a good answer for that.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:50 PM

How can that Tyranasaurus on Dinosaur Train possibly be getting along so well being raised by those pteranadons?

How come in the Dora world, climbing a mountain actually gets you close enough to touch the stars? What in the world are stars made of in that world? The physics of this confounds me.

Is the teacher on Sid the Science Kid a mind-reader or what? How does she always know to construct a lesson about exactly what they've been thinking about?


These are the questions I was going to post!! Especially the Sid one. My DD is also always asking why Sid is orange. I do not have a good answer for that.

Also, how does alphabet soup make Martha Speak? That makes no sense.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:57 PM

On the subject of Martha Speaks, why are all the adults always surprised when she speaks? Surely a speaking dog would have made the news a few dozen times, and her immediate neighbors at least would be aware...

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:57 PM

On the subject of Martha Speaks, why are all the adults always surprised when she speaks? Surely a speaking dog would have made the news a few dozen times, and her immediate neighbors at least would be aware...

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:15 PM

Kermit spends an awful lot of time mentoring his nephew, Scooter, but do we ever see Scooter's parents? Does Kermit have an estranged brother or sister?

What about Naomi?

And why are the Zoom kids so mean? Or at least the one who grows up and goes on several perfectly lovely dates with a very nice girl. But then he never calls her again and, upon seeing her on campus, acts like they've never met. What's up, Zoomers? Or maybe nobody else here has that particular question...:glare:

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

Are Phinneas and Ferb going back to school? And what's up with their completely clueless mom?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

Is Oscar the Grouch a timelord? His trashcan is clearly bigger on the inside.


That was an unfortunate regeneration.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:23 PM

Is Oscar the Grouch a timelord? His trashcan is clearly bigger on the inside.


Much like Snoopy's doghouse. If I can buy that Snoopy has a pool table, I'll have to accept Oscar's living situation.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:23 PM

Are Phinneas and Ferb going back to school? And what's up with their completely clueless mom?

Why aren't they homeschooled?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:28 PM

Why aren't they homeschooled?


I think the answer to that might be the same as WendyLouWho's question about the clueless mom. :lol

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:31 PM

Best. Thread. Ever.

Forget about the man with the yellow hat's career." I want to know why he wasn't arrested for stealing a monkey from the jungle, and I want to know why nobody makes him pay for damages that his monkey causes. And why has he not learned that YOU CAN NOT LEAVE SAID MONKEY UNATTENDED because he ALWAYS gets in trouble??

As for Max and Ruby's parents, they don't need them -- they have Grandma! (At least they have Grandma in one of the books; I've never seen the show.) Oh, but Mom is hanging out the laundry (shown in one of the books).

I used to wonder about a whole lot of things from the Pooh books that didn't make sense. And then I had a four-year-old, and suddenly, a lot more made sense to me. Pooh rather thinks like a four-year-old.

Do they still make Barney episodes? It's easily been over a decade since I've seen any children's programming. Barney is the one character I dislike more than Jar Jar Binks.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:41 PM

What the HECK is Uniqua?!

Do Dora and Diego speak English in Spanish-speaking countries?

Why is it that Periwinkle and other animals and even things like soap and salt talk, but Blue and Magenta are stuck with the weird bark thing?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:42 PM

Why does every mixed-race couple on PBS consist of an ethnic-of-some-kind parent and a white person with red hair?

What is Wyatt's family doing in Storybook Village?

Why didn't Mrs. Pteranadon even try to figure out how a T. rex egg wound up in her nest? Where does Buddy's "carrion" come from? Who built the Dinosaur Train and its stations? Why are the Conductor and his mother the only ones who wear clothes?

Why does Little Bear walk around naked when his parents wear clothes?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:43 PM

Is there a time warp on Dragon Tales? How do their parents not know they are gone for seemingly hours???

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:53 PM

Seriously the Mom in Phineas and Ferb is the most clueless person ever!

Also why isn't Candace in intense therapy for her delusions since her Mom never ever believes her! Seriously if I didn't believe my daughter after she said things like Candace she would be in therapy so fast.

Why are only the animals secret agents?

How much alimony is Doofenshmirtz getting to keep up his schemes with no real job? Seriously his ex must be raking in the money.

Speaking of money how do Phineas and Ferb afford all the materials they buy for their inventions? (DH and I decided that Ferb is a trust fund baby on his Mom's side)

Oh speaking of parents where is Ferb's Mom and Phineas' and Candace's Dad? You would think they would have at least some visitation during the summer.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:54 PM

Does Christopher Robin's mother know where he goes all day?

Why doesn't Eeyore find a more permanent place to live? It isn't like he would have to pay rent.

Why don't Arthur and his family look like aardvarks??!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:05 PM

Why does little bears mother wear clothes and he finds he is perfect going around naked?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:09 PM

Not children's literature per se, but DS asked why in Swiss Family Robinson it describes the dad and son leaving with one hatchet, but later both using their hatchet to get through the forest. I was pretty amazed DS caught that, but yeah..I went back and sure enough something went wrong there. Maybe it got lost in translation. Who knows.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

My kids have been wondering - How is Arthur old enough to babysit those horrible twins, but young enough that Francine's sister has to babysit him?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:14 PM

Why is Pal the dog Arthur's pet yet Binky the dog is Arthur's classmate?

Btw, Binky is my favorite character...he gets all the best lines!

In the Arthur episode about Buster's asthma, why does no one in control think that Arthur should have said "it's my fault for showing him those dusty books" instead of "dirty" books? Wrong connotation people!!

Oscar the time lord! Awesome!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:18 PM

Why wasn't Boo's room a crime scene when Sully returned her to it? She'd been gone at least 24 hours. Didn't her parents notice?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:24 PM

Honestly, I usually tune out the stuff the kids watch, but I have just one question: Can I please see the Dinosaur Train episode where Buddy grows up and eats the pteranadons?