Like most people I’m a sucker for trivia and facts. I like to think that I know it all, especially when it comes to The Simpsons. So when I came accross this gallery of images on facebook I was surprised to learn, that I actually, did not know it all.
Sure we all know that Flanders is left handed and his parents were hippies, but what I didn’t know is that the Simpsons actually live in Springfield, Oregon!
Seriously, how did I not know this? It’s always been a running joke that the state they live in is omitted… but apparently not.
I’m guessing that you know all of these already, but just in case…
God was first featured in the 1992 episode Homer the Heretic. He is the only reoccurring character in the four-fingered universe to appear with five full digits on each hand. Is this mind blowing to the characters in the show? The Simpsons is the smartest show in the history of television, so there MUST be a reason, right? Or am I over thinking it?
Turning to the internet I found that the potential answer is mathematical. In Simon Singh’s book, The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets (yes that’s an actual book), The Simpsons live in a based 10 world, but with 4 fingers on each hand. In the real world, many believe that based 10 came about in math due to humans having 10 fingers. In the Simpsons world, when God or Jesus has 10 fingers, 5 on each hand, it makes them unique.
This isn’t really as exciting of an answer as I was hoping for….
Cletus and Brandine are stereotypical hillbillies and were married by Homer. Brandine was married 4 times before Cletus.
It is insinuated many times in the series that Brandine and Cletus are related… although I am not sure how. In one episode she said to Cletus, “You are the most wonderful husband, and son, I ever had”; in another episode when she complained that they shouldn’t kiss in from of her parents Cletus’ response was, “They’s my parents too.” And, in yet another episode, Cletus lovingly says,”Oh Brandine, of all the cousins I could have married, you was my sister.”
Is it even possible to be someone’s husband, sibling and child? I’m sure there is a pedigree somewhere that says yes.
In the episode “Viva Ned Flanders”, Ned states that he is 60 years old. He attributes his youthful appearance to “clean living, chewing thoroughly, and a daily dose of vitamin church.”
In this episode, Lisa decides to stop eating meat after bonding with a lamb at a petting zoo. Her schoolmates and family members ridicule her for her beliefs – You don’t win friends with salad – but with the help of Apu, and Paul, and Linda McCartney, she commits to vegetarianism.
A long-running gag on the show was never to reveal the character’s name, always referring to him as “Comic Book Guy”. Finally, in the episode, “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass,” Comic Book Guy nonchalantly tells Ned Flanders, “My name is Jeff Albertson, but everyone calls me ‘Comic Book Guy’.”
In the 2003 episode, The Dad Who Knew Too Little, Homer gives his email, [email protected], to Dexter Colt so that they can keep contact. The email address was registered before the episode thinking that it would be fun to to answer back to any emails received; once the episode had aired the inbox reached its maximum 999 message limit.
Lisa’s email was also revealed in the 2003 episode,”The President Wore Pearls” to be smartgirl63_\@yahoo.com.
This one isn’t that shocking, if you look at the credits, which anyone can do, you’ll see that Bart’s voiced by a woman named Nancy Cartwright.
The next one is better, I promise!
We all know that Homer’s name is Homer J. Simpson and remember the episode where he learned that his actual full name is Homer Jay Simpson.
Bart got his middle name from his voice reader, Nancy Cartwright. When she asked Matt Groening what the J in “Bartholomew J. Simpson” stood for; Matt asked Nancy what she thought it stood for, Nancy said Jojo, and Matt said that’s what the name would be.
Homer Simpson designed “The Homer,” which was created with the “average” American in mind. It was a total disaster and included all kinds of crazy features like a bubble to hold and silence children and huge cupholders.
The real life version of Homer’s car was created out of a 1987 BMW by Porcubimmer Motors. It’s called The Homer Car and, believe it or not, it’s a race car.
The Simpsons theme song has been noted by Elfman as the most popular of his career. The theme song has been edited and rearranged many times to coincide with various edits and extended opening sequences.
In 2001, the word “d’oh” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
The definition given is: Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also (usu. mildly derogatory): implying that another person has said or done something foolish (cf. DUH int.).
It’s actually Dr. Robert Underdunk Terwilliger. Jr (Ph.D.).
The album was released on December 4, 1990, and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Presently, this cost is approximately $1,000 per month.
I did some googling to be 100% sure on this one, noticed that in the original sketches Bart’s hair was not so consistent, I counted 8 and 11 on a few on the pictures I saw.
I don’t think anyone saw this coming, although everyone agrees that he kind of deserved it…
In the episode “Homer the Smithers”, Mr. Burns tries to reach Smithers by dialing S-M-I-T-H-E-R-S or 7648-4377. He accidentally dials the telephone number for Moe’s Tavern and is accused of pranking the bar.
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Smithers first appeared in the third episode of the Simpsons in 1987. When viewers first laid eyes on Montgomery Burns’ assistant, he was black. Matt Groening said this was an animation mistake, and the next time he appeared on screen again he was yellow.
Because graphs are fun:
Homer ranks first for dialogue (obviously) at 21% of the show’s spoken words. He is followed by Marge, Bart and Lisa respectively who, when combined, account for 26% of the dialogue.