A Surreal Airport Moment With Cheese

I’m not sure why I didn’t remember this sooner, but on my way back from Duluth, Minnesota I was waiting in the Minneapolis Airport when I had an especially strange moment. I was sitting at my gate, waiting for boarding, watching the “Airport Network” version of CNN news, where the top stories were Al-Zarqawi’s death, some new suicide bombing, and Senator Robert Byrd setting the record for longest-serving US senator. The CNN anchor said they’d be right back after a commercial break, then a blank screen for a second, and then…

This character comes onto the screen, immediately followed by this bit with the same character (YouTube videos). There was no break between the segments, they were combined into a single 1-minute bit, which made it feel particularly long where you usually see 15 or 30 second spots. I was engrossed/amused/baffled. I was nearly laughing out loud. I looked around and saw some other puzzled faces amongst the airline passengers (particularly at the screen-licking part). I couldn’t for the life of me imagine what it was an ad for, but it was brilliant. I even thought for a second that it was a practical joke by the person controlling the airport TV feed. Maybe he slipped in some humor during his boring day? And then finally the Cartoon Network logo came up.

The character is from the show, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and his name is Cheese. It’s a Craig McCraken (Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Lab) show that I had somehow never run across before. Cheese is one of the minor, imaginary friend characters, and he also likes cereal. It all makes sense now, but that sure made for a surreal airport moment.

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