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In an interview with BBC, Matt Groening told them They're yellow because when it was time to pick the colour for the cartoon I didn't want the conventional cartoon colours. An animator came up with the Simpsons' yellow and as soon as she showed it to me I said: 'This is the answer!' because when you're flicking through channels with your remote control, ...


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This is the Simpsons' recreation room. It has indeed been rarely used in the series, but has appeared on the show a few times. Here's one of them (from Lady Bouvier's Lover, Season 5, Episode 21): And here's another appearance, from Three Men and a Comic Book (Season 2, Episode 21): The fact that it is rarely seen was parodied in White Christmas Blues (...


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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 eventually becomes a "safety crusader" after witnessing all the safety violations the plant commits. Mr. Burns re-hires him as a safety inspector to shut him up. ...


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The gif you refer to is from Treehouse of Horror XXII, and in particular the section Dial D for Diddily. To quote from the wiki: In a parody of Dexter, after hearing who he thinks is God tell him to murder people, Ned Flanders becomes a serial killing vigilante, targeting characters who are Homer's enemies. Specifically, the gif is a parody of Dexter'...


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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 portray Democratic presidents as "monsters" for utterly ridiculous reasons.


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A simple copy/paste of the title of this topic to Google reveals: To finish, Matt took questions from his hugely appreciative audience. ... One audience member asked why the Simpsons are yellow. 'Yellow wasn't my choice. You initially work in black and white, and one of the animators suggested that we colour them yellow, and it looked right. Then again, she ...


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The episode was aired on the same day as Super Bowl XXXIII and the writers want the episode to seem current. They had already animated the scene and it would have been very awkward to re-animate the whole scene just to put the team names in. So they just held up a glass over the mouth so they wouldn't have to animate their mouths to match the sound. They ...


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Undetermined. The mystery is an intentional running gag and their true state of residence is never revealed. Instances when it does seem to be revealed or at least approximated are usually illogical, altered later or contradicted with some other information. From Wikipedia: Because of the many contradictory statements regarding Springfield, it is ...


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Talking to TMZ, Matt Groening said: He was always yellow, and they painted him wrong once. 'At the time we didn't have enough to do retakes, so when there were glitches and mistakes it stayed that way. 'He was never 'black', it was an accident. (Source:dailymail.co.uk) So he was always supposed to be yellow white like rest of the characters, not ...


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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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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 because they liked the name. You'll notice that there are not 22 short films. We insisted on the name from the beginning, though we never bothered to count how ...


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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 atheism, by never really having to mention it again afterwards - though she does shout "Free Tibet" in a later episode. From the linked Wikipedia ...


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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 linked wikia. And it shows he is less valuable to the plant than an inanimate object and also during NASA mission history repeat itself. And he did use to work ...


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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 that it's a joke on its own (as it would be for most people that might have been chosen for the bit). Whatever you think of the man, in any context, it's ...


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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 Kenmore Square since 1940 when it was installed at a Cities Service divisional office. The blinking beauty has only featured the recognizable CITGO trimark ...


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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 to reclaim his money, Bart realizes he still earned enough from charging admission to take the Simpsons to England. When they arrive, Marge begs Homer to make ...


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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. The joke is simply that Quebec isn't likely to either develop their own nuclear weapon or indeed threaten anyone. Canadians in general are stereotyped in the ...


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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:


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According to the Simpsons wikia: "Four Great Women and a Manicure" is the twentieth episode of Season 20, which aired on May 10, 2009. Valentina Garza wrote the episode, while Raymond S. Persi directed. Jodie Foster guest starred as the voice of Maggie. It should also be noted that this is the only episode where Bart is not seen, nor mentioned. He was ...


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Not exactly, there are The Simpsons shorts which aired before "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". The Simpsons shorts are a series of 48 one-minute shorts that ran on the variety show The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into The Simpsons, their own half-hour prime time show. It features the Simpson family, which ...


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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).


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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 original Simpsons shorts that aired during Fox’s The Tracey Ullman Show back in the late ’80s. But considering the article is from 2014, there might not have ...


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Aside from the obvious answer: It's a cartoon--we can make some assumptions with real-world data. The average Nuclear Power Plant Operator's salary is 72.5k a year. The average house price in Springfield, oh...let's say Missouri is 107k. Let's say that this is a really nice house for the area and they paid $150k. Let's figure they got in on an OK interest ...


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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 Mr. Burns lost 4 million dollars short of a billion dollars, he was kicked out. Billionaires threw him over to the Millionaire Camp, having only $996,036,000. ...


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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 used at least twice, with a second occurrence usually in the same season as the first. By going to the wiki you can clearly see in the list that some episodes ...


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A typical Simpsons episode "takes 6-8 months to do one episode" according to Simpsons creator Matt Groeing. Of course, they are creating multiple episodes at a time, but from the starting ideas to finish episode, it takes months. The average time between the last game of the NFL Conference Championship and the Super Bowl is 2 weeks or less. In 1999, the ...


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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.


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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. Acknowleding that Maude died 15 years ago would require acknowledging that Bart (10), Lisa (8) and Maggie (1) never knew Maude. More worryingly, Rod (10) and ...


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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 buddhist text is advice, not doctrine." (it's a long answer, and worth reading) Lisa, who has a tendency to question everything, would feel right at home ...


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