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Chosen One of the Day: Marjory the Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock

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Feb 23, 2017

It's a certifiable fact that everything Jim Henson created was pure gold, and no one got to reap the benefits of Henson's imagination more than '80s kids. If you grew up in the '80s, you'd be hard pressed to find at least one thing you associate your childhood with that didn't involve Jim Henson, be it Star Wars, The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Muppet Babies or Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. While a number of these classics carried over from or through other decades, there was one Henson creation that belonged solely to '80s kids, more specifically '80s kids who had cable TV, and that was Fraggle Rock.

Fraggle Rock was further proof that Jim Henson smoked the good sh*t on the regular, maybe even the best sh*t, because the Fraggles were basically rodents crossed with frogs crossed with birds? I don't even know. All I know is that they lived in a hole in the wall in Doc's Workshop that also bordered with a kingdom ruled by giants aka Gorgs and thought the real world was Outer Space. But the weirdest and greatest part of Fraggle Rock (which is really saying a lot) was that Fraggles often sought out the wisdom and guidance of Marjory the Trash Heap.

Marjory really was everything because she was a pile of garbage, so she was made up of everything anyone threw out. Marjory was basically the Fraggles' Buddha. Getting to her required somewhat of a pilgrimage on their part that involved sneaking past Junior Gorg into the Gorgs' garden, where Marjory lived. Did I mention that Marjory's life source were her two rat companions, Philo and Gorge, and without them she starts to die? Yeah, just when you didn't think it could get any weirder, there's that fun fact. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure there's an argument to be made that Marjory being a religious-type figure and also a pile of garbage who's kept alive by rats could be a subtle commentary on religion, but what do I know.

Whenever the Fraggles visited Marjory you knew one of two things would happen (aside from her stealing the show): She would sing some awesome song and/or preach knowledge about everyone getting along and trusting in themselves, which was really her DL way of telling them to get it together, stop bothering her and think for themselves for once.

I know trash gets a bad name, but if Marjory taught us anything, it was -- and I quote -- "You cannot leave the magic." To be fair, she probably meant magic mushrooms, because she was a damn talking trash heap and you have to be tripping balls to think the trash is talking to you.

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