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16 Things You Never Wanted To Know About The Teletubbies, But We're Going To Tell You Anyway

They had kids with one another?!

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1. The Teletubbies are nearly 10 feet tall. They're much taller than the average human.

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You might think that the Teletubbies were small, or at the very least the same size as people, but no. They're much, much taller in real life. Although Po (the red one) is only about 6 feet tall, Tinky Winky (the purple one) is well over 11 feet tall.

2. The rabbits in the Teletubbies' garden are actually a gigantic species (and they did it in front of the camera a lot).

Because the Teletubbies are so big, the rabbits they play with in their garden also needed to be large. They're Flemish Giant rabbits, and they're much larger than normal rabbits.

They actually had to reshoot a lot of the garden scenes because the rabbits would get it on right in front of the cameras pretty frequently.

3. Apparently there's racial diversity among the Teletubbies.

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The Teletubbies' costumes are meant to reflect the actors inside the suits to a certain degree. Dipsy (the green one) is actually played by a black actor named John Simmit, and Po (red) is played by an actress of Chinese descent named Pui Fan Lee. Po occasionally uses Cantonese words when she speaks, too.

Tinky Winky (purple) and Laa-Laa (yellow) are played by a British actor and actress, respectively.

4. In the new version of the show (which debuted in 2015), we're introduced to the Tiddlytubbies, whom people think may be the offspring of the Teletubbies.

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It's horrifying to think about, but could the Teletubbies have reproduced? Like, with each other? For now, the rumors are unfounded, but we do know that the eight babies are named Mi-Mi, Daa Daa, Baa, Ping, RuRu, Nin, Duggle Dee, and Umby Pumby, and they live with the Teletubbies.

5. Taylor Swift was a huge fan.

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Or at least, around Halloween of 2015, she published this photo of herself dressed as Laa-Laa. Looking good, Taylortubbie.

7. The actor behind Tinky Winky compared his experience to what the Beatles went through in the '60s.

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It wasn't until the 10th anniversary of the show that the actors and actresses in the suits were finally revealed, and Simon Shelton (Tinky Winky) did a tour, gave interviews, and on one occasion said: "It was incredible, just like being one of the Beatles. Marvelous."

8. One episode titled “See-Saw” has actually been banned in several countries because the lion and bear characters scared children too much.

Many children found the way the characters sounded, looked, and moved to be very unsettling. You can check them out for yourself here.

9. A black-and-white short featuring a Joy Division song being played over footage of the Teletubbies once went viral.

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You have musician Christopher Brown to thank for all the nightmares you'll have tonight. He uploaded the video in 2015, and it has been viewed over 3.5 million times since then.

12. March 28 is Teletubbies Day.

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At least it is in New York City. In 2007, Mayor Mike Bloomberg awarded the Teletubbies the keys to the city and declared March 28 as "Teletubbies Day."

13. Officially, Tinky Winky's purse has nothing to do with his sexual preference.

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When it first aired, many thought the character Tinky Winky was associated with the LGBTQ community, because he is purple, used a purse, and had a triangle for an antenna. But according to an official statement, "Tinky Winky is simply a sweet, technological baby with a magic bag."

14. They may look a little like aliens, but Teletubbies are actually inspired by astronauts.

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According to series cocreator Andrew Davenport, the characters movements were inspired by NASA crews. To him, footage of astronauts always looked like "children exploring a new world."

15. They were also created in response to the violence seen on shows like Power Rangers.

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The show's creative director, Anne Wood, said that she wanted to "create a program with an opposing message [to that of the Power Rangers] — where big hugs and loving one another was the most important thing."

This post was translated from Spanish.

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