Bart vs Fox News

Thursday, March 8, 2007

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trivia tidbits

Monday, March 5, 2007


The Simpsons continually pokes fun at the Fox network because it is the only show on Fox that does not have to be checked by its executives and edited accordingly. This also means the producers of the show can get away with a lot more on prime time television.

Initially, Yeardley Smith auditioned for the voice of Bart and Nancy Cartwright for the voice of Lisa. They play them the other way around.

A running joke throughout the series is that no one knows where Springfield is. The writers are always coming up with ways to keep the audience guessing. Some examples of this are: in 'Sunday, Cruddy Sunday' when Marge phones the egg painting company and gives her address, she says, "742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield Ohi...", then cuts out to say, "Oh hiya Maude!" to Maude Flanders, who suddenly appears in the kitchen. When Homer and Bart are off to the Edison Museum in 'The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace' they drive past a sign with exits to New Jersey, Michigan and Oregon, none of which are close to each other. When Larry Burns spots Mr. Burns on the train, he asks where the train is going. The conductor says, "Springfield." and Burns asks, "Springfield where?", but the conductor's reply is drowned out by the train's engine.

Marge was in labor with Bart for 53 hours.

Ned's real name is Nedward.

Another gag that makes the location of Springfield more ambiguous. In one episode the superintendent of the Springfield school systems says "This school used to be the worst in the state of Missouri." Everyone gives him a shocked look, and then he adds "which was why it was moved brick by brick to its present location."

Apu enrolls in Springfield Heights Institute of Technology.

In the scene where Homer is now the coach of the football team (after Flanders gives him the job). Flanders sons' football numbers are Rod (66) Tod (6), and as you know they are always standing next to each other.

Springfield is split into two area codes, 636 and 939. This would put half of Springfield in Missouri and the other half in Puerto Rico.

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Homer, the Simpleton

"Homer Simpson's Brain"

Homer has a vacuous mind, but he is still able to retain a great amount of knowledge about very specific subjects. He shows small bursts of astonishing foresight, memory, creativity, and fluency with many languages in nearly every episode.

However, Homer’s brief periods of intelligence are overshadowed by much longer and consistent periods of ignorance, forgetfulness and stupidity. Homer has low IQ due to his hereditary "Simpson Gene”, his alcohol problem, exposure to radioactive waste, repetitive cranial trauma, and a crayon lodged in the frontal lobe of his brain. The crayon in his brain is one of the main factors, and possibly the biggest, that causes his stupidity. Homer's intelligence was said to jump fifty points higher when he had the crayon removed, bringing him to an IQ of 105, slightly above that of an average person, but he went back to his old self when he had it reinserted, presumably lowering his IQ back to its original 55.

It has been suggested in some episodes that Homer's normal functions do not require the use of his brain. Homer has, at times, debated against his own brain. Occasionally, a specific body part is portrayed debating with his brain, such as his face, stomach or liver. He has also been known to think of himself as two people. This is first hinted at in "Tree House of Horror IV”, when Homer ate his emergency donut and left a note for himself saying "Dear Homer, I.O.U. one emergency donut, Signed Homer". After reading the note later, he referred to himself as a bastard who is always one step ahead. He also frequently confuses himself with ontological paradoxes, in which he intermixes others' lives with his own. He has been known from time to time to grow uncertain about the boundary between persons in large conversation groups that have rapid exchanges.

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The Curious Case of Gerald Samson

Friday, March 2, 2007


Gerald Samson, better known as Baby Gerald, is Maggie's nemesis. He made his first appearance in "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song". Lisa once referred to the 'baby with the one eyebrow' as Maggie's rival. On a few occasions Gerald has been shown being pushed in a stroller by his mother outside the Simpsons' house, with the two babies glaring at each other. He is distinguished by his unibrow, being one of only two characters in the show to have one (the other being Groundskeeper Willie).
In "Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays" a Kent Brockman headline shows a picture of Maggie Simpson beating him up. He apparently has a history of causing large scale public incidents, and was once rescued from an unspecified disaster by Bart's mail order "wonder dog" Laddie.

Surprisingly, according to the comic story "The Rise and Fall of Bartholomew J. Simpson" (published in
Simpsons Comics #47), the adult Gerald is married to Maggie, but is so dominant in the marriage that he will not even allow her to speak up during a conversation, though the comic series is considered non-canonical. During an audio commentary, Matt Groening joked that The Simpsons Movie will be about the mystery of the one eyebrowed baby.

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