The Muppets' Dr. Bunsen Honeydew considers himself the foremost pioneer in crazy scientific endeavors. So when NASA landed the Rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, Bunsen was understandably miffed. Still he was classy enough to send a letter of congratulations to the team, along with his offer of help.
Letters of Note uncovered this letter, which the Jet Propulsion Laboratory received in 2004, just a few days after the successful Rover landings. Bunsen's feelings are clear with his use of scare quotes around "congratulations," but does anyone care to translate for Beaker?
THE Jim Henson COMPANY
TO: MARS ROVER MISSION TEAM
FR: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker, MUPPET LABS
It is with mixed emotions that Muppet Labs offers you a hearty "congratulations" on the recent success of your Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. While we realize that your remarkable accomplishment is a really nifty thing for the entire scientific community, we at Muppet Labs Mars Exploration Team (MULMET) wanted to get there first! We were so close: a mere three weeks—give or take a 20 year margin of error—from launching our own Mars explorers.
Nonetheless, in the spirit of scientific camaraderie and with a promise that we'll-beat-you-next-time, Muppet Labs sends you and your team an enthusiastic "Well done, bucko!"
(Signed, 'DR. BUNSEN HONEYDEW PHD ESQ.')
DR. BUNSEN HONEYDEW
PS: If you continue to have difficulties with the Spirit Rover, my assistant Beaker is happy to offer free roadside assistance on Mars, utilizing our new, thoroughly untested Interplanetary Coil-Powered Catapult...or as we at MULMET like to call it "The Spring Fling".
PPS: Meep-meep-meep-meep-MEEP-MEEP-MEEP-MEEP!!!!!! NOT!