Ottawa science club's 'Naked' Tickle-Me-Elmo is stuff of nightmares

A terrifying Tickle-Me-Elmo

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.

Online reaction to the stripped-bare Elmo doll ranged from horror to hilarity.

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.”