Kermit the Frog gives a TEDx Talk, and Twitter loves it

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Kermit surprised the audience at TEDxJackson. Photo: Twitter/@kaotate Kermit surprised the audience at TEDxJackson. Photo: @kaotate

Twitter was ablaze yesterday with some interesting news: Kermit the Frog had just become the first frog (albeit puppet) to give a TEDx Talk. On Thursday afternoon, the green superstar hopped on over to Jackson, Mississippi, to give a standing-ovation-grabbing talk at TEDxJackson. Kermit was a natural fit for the event, as The Muppets creator Jim Henson is a Mississippi native. So, by proxy, is Kermit.

Kermit talked about creativity and the power of “ridiculous optimism,” a mantra treasured by Henson, and still valued by Kermit and friends today. The incomparable Sir Ken Robinson introduced Kermit via video message and Kermit took it from there, perched atop a red ottoman with an iPhone in hand and sweet tea close by.

The Twitter coverage of the event brightened our day, and while we wait for the talk to post online, a few choice tweets…

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