I don’t know how many people outside Ontario watched Polka Dot Door (it did run in the U.S. for a while). Anyone who did watch it will know why this is the news that might just make Twitter relevant again: Polkaroo has a Twitter feed at twitter.com/polkaroo. Where his messages mostly consist of him saying “Polkaroo!” followed by a link to something. Because he doesn’t say anything except “Polkaroo!” and doesn’t need to — he’s Polkaroo, dang it; he doesn’t have to make speeches. He also offers Polkaroo-related visual material on Tumblr.
The resurgence of interest in Polkaroo has taught me that I wasn’t the only person who took a long time to figure out that the Polkaroo was just the male host in a costume, which is why his voice sounded different depending on who was hosting and why the male host always “missed him again.” It’s still embarrassing that I didn’t get it right away, but at least I know I wasn’t alone.
Here we see why Polkaroo is a Canadian hero: he fought against the space program’s anti-Polkaroo bias and proved that even Polkaroos (Polkari?) can be astronauts. That female host — I’m not sure who she is, though I remember seeing her on the show — seems to have a rather unconcerned attitude to the fact that Polkaroos aren’t allowed into the program.
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