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What can you make with an old green coat and a ping-pong ball?

The original Kermit the Frog! He was painstakingly made from a green coat discarded by Jim Henson's mother with eyes that were each half of a ping-pong ball. In 1955, Henson's "Sam and Friends" featuring Kermit and other early puppets debuted on local Washington, D.C., television.

It's not easy being green ›