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This is a reference to the opening scene of the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which an alien monolith appears among a group of ancient apes and imbues them with the beginnings of human intelligence while Thus Spake Zarathustra plays. Here is a clip on YouTube:


Homer was not regrouping at a prearranged place, a safe point or a tactically strong point, but at a sea food restaurant! Typical of Homer. The only thing that would be more typical of Homer is regrouping at either Moe's or a donut shop.


Because the actress that voiced her, Maggie Roswell, had a pay dispute with Fox which ended with her quitting. A different actress was hired to voice the other more minor characters she originally voiced until the dispute ended a few years later. The dispute is discussed in detail at the above wiki link (and other sites).


Simpson is not canonical to Lego movie. Here Simpsons spokesperson’s word on the topic- The Simpsons show-runner Al Jean also explained that the episode is not trying to copy The Lego Movie, saying: "None of us saw the movie until very late in the process — long after our story was set." Matt Selman added: "Any similarities are completely ...


You're referring to the episode 500 Keys from season 22, where Lisa says: Get thee behind me, Namuche! That's the Buddhist Satan. Namuci (sometimes transliterated as Namuche) does seem to be another name for Mara. From Wiki: In the Maha Samaya Sutta, the defeated antagonist of the Buddha, Mara also known as Namuci or the "Dark One" is described as ...

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