I’m guessing this goes in General Questions, since there’s a factual answer to the question; if it should be Cafe Society, my apologies.
Anyway, my sister thinks I’m dreaming this, and I’m wondering if anyone can corroborate and/or correct my memory.
The last episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood that I ever saw was surreal. It seems that Mr. Rogers had heard recently about how rainbows were formed, and he explained to his audience about light shining through water droplets. He then told the audience to come with him outside, so they could try an experiment.
He took two things outside with him: a spray bottle, and a flashlight. Holding the flashlight sideways (so the beam shone neither toward nor away from the television camera), he sprayed a mist of water in front of it.
Nothing, of course, happened. He tried it for a couple of minutes before realizing that this wasn’t going to work.
At which point he gave up and went back inside and got out a coloring book and began scribbling in it with a crayon while singing a song about being frustrated.
At which point I turned off the television because I was laughing so hard.
Did this really happen? Has anyone else seen the episode? If so, was he really so unprepared for the show that he didn’t test this experiment before putting it on national television? Or was he so subtle that he deliberately attempted an experiment that he knew would fail, just so he could teach children about frustration?