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Why does Homer handle a rod of uranium in the opening?

Homer's first job was actually not a Nuclear Safety Inspector. He was a "nuclear technician" or "technical supervisor" (No one really knows. Not even him). In S01E03, he is fired from this job. He ...
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Why is Jimmy Carter "history's greatest monster"?

The joke is that Carter is a soft-spoken, genteel man, and thus calling him "history's greatest monster" is a ridiculous exaggeration. It is possibly also a criticism of Republican propaganda to ...
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When did The Simpsons start repeating Couch Gags?

The show has essentially repeated couch gags from the very beginning. According to a list of couch gags on The Simpsons wiki, the first repeat was in the show’s eighth aired episode, The Telltale Head....
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Do any characters in The Simpsons age over time?

The Nahasapeemapetilon octuplets age slightly from newborns to toddlers. In "Eight Misbehavin'" (S11E7), Manjula gives birth to the newborn octuplets. In subsequent appearances, the children ...
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Do any characters in The Simpsons age over time?

Apu's nephew, Jamshed "Jay" Nahasapeemapetilon went from toddler (S4 E3) to late teen (S27 E12). The wiki even states: Jamshed has aged the most out of all characters in The Simpsons, aging ...
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What are the 22 short films in "22 Short Films About Springfield"?

The name of the episode is a reference to the film Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which like the episode is an anthology of vignettes. On the DVD commentary they explain that they chose it ...
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Simpsons episode with $1000

The episode is "The Regina Monologues" where Bart creates a museum for his found $1000 bill. This inspires the family to go to England for a holiday.
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Was there a reason why the blowfish poison didn't kill Homer?

Homer wasn't actually poisoned. He only believed he was poisoned. At the sushi restaurant, the master chef tells Homer (emphasis mine): I shall be blunt. We have reason to believe you've eaten poison....
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Why didn't Lisa Simpson become an atheist?

The out of universe explanation is they managed to snag Richard Gere [a rather famous Buddhist] for an episode. In-universe, they can deal with Lisa'a permanent conversion to Buddhism more easily than ...
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Why does Homer handle a rod of uranium in the opening?

DeeV answered it quite well but one more update it's not even rod of uranium but a carbon rod. And to be accurate Inanimate carbon rod. There were two such rods prominent in the show as detailed in ...
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Why is Jimmy Carter "history's greatest monster"?

This is addressed in the commentary audio track of the DVD for this episode. The other answers are correct that history's greatest monster is a pretty extreme assessment of Jimmy Carter, so much so ...
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Simpsons episode with $1000

The Regina Monologues (#EABF22 / SI-1417) Aired Nov 23rd 2003 Mr. Burns loses a thousand-dollar bill that is quickly turned into the main display at the Museum of Modern Bart. After Burns shows up ...
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What is the meaning behind Lisa Simpsons triangle shaped red eyes?

It's a reference to the CITGO sign Nothing says “Boston’’ quite like the iconic CITGO sign. The white sign, which today features a massive flashing red triangle, has loomed over 660 Beacon Street in ...
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Quebec's got the bomb

The USA and the West in general are constantly concerned with countries getting "the bomb" and threatening them. Over more recent past this has included Libya, Iraq, Iran and North Korea. ...
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Is every Simpsons episode beginning unique?

No it isn't According to the Couch gag wiki: Generally, between one-half and two-thirds of the couch gags used in a season are new, while the remaining couch gags are repeats. Most couch gags are ...
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What is the foot-prints logo on Homer's shirt - and Homer's childhood acquaintance's shirt - referencing?

It's pretty clearly a reference to "Hang Ten," which was a trendy (U.S.) west coast clothing brand in the 1970s. Which is both when Groening was graduating university and approximately when ...
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"Fland Canyon" and Maude

Based on your comment: @Walt I agree, but such a significant event surely must lie on a static timeline. There is no static timeline, at least not to the degree that you're expecting it to exist. ...
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Is Artie Ziff richer than Mr Burns?

Yes According to Forbes Fictional 15, he was number 11 with 1B in 2002 and number 13 with 996M in 2008 which matches what happened in episode The Burns and the Bees where: When billionaires learnt ...
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Have the Tracey Ullman episodes of The Simpsons been officially released since their original air date?

Based on this Quartz article, apparently an app Simpson's World from FXX should hopefully get all the shorts and thus will be available legally. Saftler said he is also working on acquiring the ...
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Why didn't Lisa Simpson become an atheist?

As the top answer to this question indicates, Buddhism is quite compatible with Lisa's skeptical nature. The second-highest answer on that question has an interesting quote: "Remember that every ...
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Do any characters in The Simpsons age over time?

Also Selma's adopted daughter Ling Bouvier. She started as a newborn in S16 E12 and now is a toddler (S24 E11)
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Do we know why Nelson says "epidermis means your hair"?

The joke is that Nelson is playing a prank that depends on Bart’s ignorance of the word “epidermis”; but it turns out Nelson is just as ignorant as his target
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Was it possible to determine who shot Mr. Burns before Part 2 aired?

Clues in Part 1 that point specifically to Maggie: At one point, Burns remarks that stealing Springfield Elementary's oil was "like taking candy from a baby", and expresses a desire to actually steal ...
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In which episode of The Simpsons did this animation error occur?

I believe the episode you are looking for is Homer Vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment from Season 2, at time 19:40 on my DVD. But I don't think it's an animation mistake per se - Homer is at the window ...
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Why is Jimmy Carter "history's greatest monster"?

He was too nice. Far too nice, especially for a President (he was elected after Watergate). Carter was a born-again Christian. He famously confessed in a Playboy interview that he sometimes had "lust ...
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Have any celebrity guests noticeably "aged" over the course of their appearances on The Simpsons?

It seems one example would be none other than Matt Groening himself. The first time he appears in the Simpsons is Season 15, Episode 17 "My Big Fat Geek Wedding". He's a guest at the Bi-Mon-...
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When does The Simpsons display episode title?

It doesn't... usually. In the vast majority of Simpsons episodes, the title is never shown on-screen. It is contained within the TV listings, so if you press the Info button on your digital remote, ...
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Did Fox need permission for the 'Spider-Pig' parody in The Simpsons Movie?

Due to the nature of music related copyright laws, its anyone's guess. What we do know is that copyright exceptions allow for satire (using or changing a copyrighted work to make a statement on ...
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Did Michael Jackson do a voiceover in The Simpsons?

Though it had fans confused for years, Wikipedia confirms it was his voice, but that's not him singing. For contractual reasons, [Jackson] was credited as John Jay Smith in the closing credits, and ...
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