A terrifying, giggling robo-monster with a familiar voice is traumatizing the Internet, thanks to an Ottawa-based science club. The Science Mobile program, which is run through the Canada Science and Technology Museum, posted a disturbing video of an experiment involving the beloved, and once highly sought after Sesame Street doll, Tickle-Me-Elmo.
The video shows a furless version of the doll lying like a baby in a woman’s arms, being tickled. It sounds like Elmo, but looks like a plastic skeleton with bulging, close-together googly eyes, a circuit board belly and exposed wiring. As it withers around in a laughing fit, the doll’s plastic parts can clearly be heard moving.
— #ScienceMobile (@ScienceMobileEN) April 12, 2017
Online reaction to the stripped-bare Elmo doll ranged from horror to hilarity.
— No Bull Intentions (@NoBullIntention) April 12, 2017
check out this creepy cute robo baby https://t.co/GkOkQjNGui
— cass [ml-3-lm] (@personalcorpse) April 12, 2017
Finally the answer to the question I’ve never mustered the courage to ask aloud. Also, nightmares. https://t.co/d1Q5Y7jRxu
— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) April 12, 2017
Hollywood producers: here’s your next horror movie https://t.co/ivWZBFebGw
— Andrew Brown (@AndrewBrownAU) April 12, 2017
— Andrew W (@awhite) April 12, 2017
Guess I won’t be sleeping tonight after all.
(It’s the eyes and mouth that really freak me out.) https://t.co/VuMperJkdN
— Transcult Priestess (@sapphixy) April 12, 2017
The museum stands by its decision to skin the cuddly creature from its iconic red fur. It’s reasoning? “It’s all in the name of science.”
— #SciTechMuseum (@SciTechMuseum) April 12, 2017