Here are ten amazing facts about The Simpsons that I bet you didn’t know until now:
The characters in the cartoon are yellow because the creator, Matt Groening, wanted to get the attention of people who were channel hopping. Groening hoped that whenever someone was flipping through the channels, they would automatically know that The Simpsons was on, especially when they saw the yellow flashings.
According to a family tree that Matt Groening had created, Homer Simpson and Mr. Burns are distant relatives through marriage. That explains why Mr. Burns has not fired Homer after all the mistakes he has made while working at the nuclear power plant.
The main characters, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie, are also the names of Groening’s family members. However, those aren’t the names they go by. Most of them go by their nicknames except for real life Homer and Lisa.
In the original opening title, the price that appears on the cash register when Maggie was being scanned was $847.63. According to Matt Groening, that was the price of raising a child in 1989 per month. The price has not gone up by much.
Whenever Bart Simpson prank calls Moe’s Tavern, he dials the number 764-843677, which is one digit longer than a North American phone number needs to be. It actually spells out “Smithers”.
If you watch an episode in French, the word “D’Oh” actually translates to “T’Oh”.
In the Arabic versions of The Simpsons, Homer drinks soda as opposed to beer and he eats Egyptian beef sausages instead of Hot Dogs. This is done to avoid potentially offending the audience who don’t drink alcohol and observe halal laws.
In 1990, First Lady Barbara Bush criticised The Simpsons as “the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen”. Marge wrote a personalised letter to her, in character, politely telling her not to be so judgmental and explaining that her family tried their best. Mrs Bush apologised for her “loose tongue” and complimented Marge for setting a good example to the rest of the country.
Lisa’s email address is smartgirl63_\@, while Homer’s is ChunkyLover53@ It’s genuinely registered and messages from fans get a response.
According to the DVD commentary, “The City of New York vs Homer Simpson”wasn’t aired for five years after 9/11 because the episode focuses heavily on the World Trade Center.
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