As the Sesame Street Float floated down the street during the Thanksgiving Parade, everyone was singing but Elmo. Many children were puzzled and sad, why wasn’t their favorite Sesame Street character singing? Sesame Street’s spokespuppet, Big Bird, sadly announced that Elmo was suffering from a very severe and rare case of Laryngitis. So bad that he had to be operated on immediately following the parade and his voice box would have to be removed. But not to worry, Big Bird said. Because a new voice box would be put in, and Elmo would once again have a voice though it would sound a little different than before.