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Happy Birthday, Elmo!

Elmo, one of the most celebrated residents of Sesame Street, turns three and a half today. Yep, three and a half, as reported by the show's Twitter account as Elmo's perpetual age.

Plus: The best Sesame Street music videos

Our favorite furry red monster has had a big year this year. He co-starred in the controversial Katy Perry music video of her song Hot 'n Cold. A movie called Being Elmo chronicling the life of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who portrays Elmo, also earned accolades at the Sundance Film Festival. (Clash has previously written a fascinating autobiography on his career called My Life as a Furry Red Monster.)

Plus: Free printable coloring pages with Elmo and other Sesame Street characters

So Happy Birthday, Elmo—you don’t look a day over 3 and a quarter!