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“The Simpsons” 25th Anniversary Trivia

When “The Simpson’s” debuted in 1989, nobody predicted this very “Not Disney” animated cartoon would become a cultural phenomenon. In celebration of the 25th anniversary, here are some facts about “The Simpsons! D’oh!

  1. Matt Groening fashioned the characters after his own family, changing his own name to “Bart”.
  2. The characters’ “yellow” complexions were used partly to make the characters more obvious when viewers are channel surfing.
  3. There are 30 towns named Springfield in USA. Bart’s “Springfield” seems to be a cross section; having farmland, rivers, mountains, and a desert.
  4. Bart voice is created by a woman. During the show‘s second season, Bart wrote on the chalkboard, “I am not a 32-year-old woman”.
  5. Dustin Hoffman played Lisa’s teacher Mr. Bergstrom in the show’s second season. Hoffman didn’t want to be identified with a cartoon, so he chose the name “Sam Etic” for his screen credit — a play on the word “Semitic”.
  6. Some school principals banned Bart Simpson T-shirts as being a bad role model.
  7. President George H. W. Bush said, “We are going to keep on trying to … make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons”. In response, Bart said, “Hey, we’re just like the Waltons. We’re praying for an end to the Depression, too.”
  8. Harry Shearer modeled the voice of wicked tycoon Mr. Burns to resemble Ronald Reagan’s.
  9. Groundskeeper Willie’s description of the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” was used by conservative columnists to ridicule France’s opposition to the invasion of Iraq.
  10. Michael Jackson guest-starred as a mental patient during a third-season episode. He was listed in the credits as John Jay Smith.
  11. Homer’s signature “D’oh!” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary,