Memory can be deceptive: Can you truly trust what you were told about your childhood, or are you now certain that you fluttered out of a tree stump?
Here’s why everyone on TikTok thinks a mysterious white puppet with a pointy green cap is “Me when I was a baby.”
The original TikTok was posted on Nov. 17, by the account @mestreensinador1. It has more than 8 million views and features a white puppet in a green hat emerging from a tree stump and then dancing around the forest.
The song accompanying the video is from popular Brazilian musician Raul Seixas, and it’s been used in more than 13,000 TikToks. The top comment, with more than 41,000 likes, reads: “me when I was a baby.”
#duet with @mestreensinador1 #mestreensinador♬ som original – Mestre Ensinador
@max41644 I was a strange baby 👻 #mestreensinador #greenhatguy #mestreensinador1 #whenyouweremybaby @mestreensinador1 ♬ som original – Mestre Ensinador
Others got a little more invested into becoming the puppet now.
@henryvalkema Me when I was a baby #mestreensinador #foryou ♬ som original – Mestre Ensinador
#mestreensinador #greenhatguy♬ som original – Mestre Ensinador
Where’s it from?
There doesn’t seem to be a collective nickname for the puppet yet, though most TikTokers are calling it “him.”
The creator, who appears to be Brazilian, has been posting the puppet to TikTok since 2020, and even documented its mysterious birth in May 2020. But how old is this creature, really?
A butija #foryou #foryoupage #assombraçao #misterio #epico♬ som original – Mestre Ensinador
The creator also featured him in some different locales. The hashtag mestreensinador has more than 85 million views.
@mestreensinador1 amigos mexicanos #Foryou#flyp#viral#epic ♬ Flor de Capomo – Carlos Y Jose
@mestreensinador1 salvando o mundo. vs meteoro #foryou #flyp #viral #epic #protegendo ♬ som original – Mestre Ensinador
The puppet has drawn out mostly positive responses on TikTok, as well as a sense of connection, in that we were all this baby.
@maurainreallife if any one of my vids go viral pls let it be this one #mestreensinador #greenhatguy #whenyouwereababy #mestreensinador1 @Mestre Ensinador ♬ Lloren – Framveu