18 Proofs That Everything Happens for a Reason in "The Simpsons"
The Simpsons is no longer just a cartoon – it's a legend. For 3 decades, the most popular cartoon characters have been talking about very serious problems of humankind in a very funny manner.
Bright Side decided to share some answers about the family that has millions of fans all over the world.
18. What car does Homer have?
You can find this out if you watch this intro (episode 15, season 17). The cartoon characters were substituted for real people, so now viewers can see what the main characters really look like and what car Homer Simpson drives. It was a Lada 2105.
17. How much does Maggie cost?
In the intro, when Maggie is "scanned" at the cash register, the machine shows the price. This number is the monthly average cost of care for a newborn baby (according to various social studies). The number changes from time to time under the influence of inflation.
16. Who sounded like Michael Jackson?
In the first episode of season 3, we see an insane guy who thinks he is Michael Jackson. In fact, it was Michael Jackson, who was a huge fan of the show. Some storylines from the episode were made up by Jackson himself. He didn't want people to know, so in the credits there is an unknown name: John Jay Smith.
15. How many changes did you notice in the new intro?
In February 2009, they updated the intro. Apu now has 8 babies instead of a dog, Maggie moved to the back seat of the car (according to driving rules), and, at the end, the Simpsons gather in front of a flat-screen TV. What changes did you notice?
14. What is the purpose of the couch scenes?
The couch scenes are a time regulator. If an episode is too long, the couch scene is shorter. If the episode is shorter than usual, they make the couch scene longer.
13. Why is there a dog in The Itchy & Scratchy Show?
Fox asked the showrunners to add one more character to the family. The dog in The Itchy & Scratchy Show was a compromise.
12. Why does Homer look like Krusty?
There is a reason why Homer and Krusty look so similar. In the very beginning, the clown wasn't meant to be a totally different character – he was supposed to be Homer's alter ego. This was supposed to show Bart that someone he doesn't respect (Homer) and someone he loves very much (Krusty) are the same person.
11. Why is there so much of The Beatles?
The show and the legendary musicians like each other. 3 band members took part in the show: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney. John Lennon died long before the premiere of the show, but his song "Mother" was in one of the episodes. So all 4 voices from the famous band were on The Simpsons.
10. Which word from The Simpsons is now in the Oxford Dictionary?
Homer's "D'oh" became so popular that it was even included in the Oxford Dictionary of English.
9. How does Matt Groening sign his works?
Matt Groening, the creator and animator of the show, says that his initials are in every episode of The Simpsons. It was shown in one of the episodes of the 16th season.
8. What does Matt Groening look like in the cartoon?
Matt Groening is the prototype of the comic book shop owner. "He is not really what I am but more what I seem to be," explained the creator of The Simpsons.
7. Who voiced the first word Maggie said?
In episode 10, season 4, Maggie says her first word: "Daddy." Elizabeth Taylor was invited to record this word.
6. Which virus did the Simpsons know about before everyone else?
In 1997, the Ebola Virus Disease was predicted by The Simpsons. The prediction came true after 17 years.
5. What did The Simpsons predict would appear in London?
When Lisa went to London (episode 19, season 6, 1995), we see a skyscraper behind Tower Bridge that looks a lot like "The Shard." Even the location seems to be the same. The construction of the tower started 14 years later.
4. What technologies did they have back in 1995?
In the same episode (episode 19, season 6), Lisa's future fiancé has a watch with a phone! In 1995!
3. And that's not all...
A stationary phone had a video call feature. This was in the same year, 1995 (episode 19, season 6).
2. And here is another amazing "coincidence."
In 2009, viewers saw Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 and Star Wars posters. The prediction came true: both movies were released on the same day, December 18th, 2015.
1. Do the Simpsons have a time travel machine?
No, they just talk to the characters from Futurama. So that's who tells them everything!