25 Simpsons Facts You Probably Never Knew About

Posted by on September 17, 2016

The Simpsons is one of the most iconic and longest-running shows on television. The famous show about the yellow-skinned family of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie (and their many pets, such as Santa’s Little Helper) has given us a glimpse into the life and antics of the Simpson family and the other Springfield residents (and occasionally nearby adversary Shelbyville). For decades now, The Simpsons has provided a valuable social commentary and given people around the world – from Canada to Germany to Saudi Arabia – a common point of discussion. (Though, the family has a different name and many parts are edited out in the latter country – a point discussed more in #19.)



This list introduces a variety of Simpsons facts which you probably don’t know but have wondered about – basic questions like “Where is Springfield?” and “Why are all the characters yellow?” to more elusive questions like “Where did ‘D’oh!’ come from?” and “Who has been the highest-profile celebrity to appear on the show?” If you’re curious to learn more about one of the world’s favorite dysfunctional families – still running strong after 27 seasons – check out our list of 25 Simpsons Facts You Probably Never Knew About.

25

The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, named the town Springfield because there are loads of cities with the name throughout the United States. This way, audiences would never be able to guess which of the 30 states with a Springfield they were in.

Source: NME, Image: Gawker

24

Bart Simpson is known for writing something unique on the chalkboard in every opening sequence. Some of his best lines include "World War II could not beat up World War I," "Jesus is not mad his birthday is on Christmas," and "Pork is not a verb."

Source: 20th Century Fox, Image: simpsons.wikia.com

23

Bart's locker combination can occasionally be seen in the show. Its numbers? 36-24-26: the same string of numbers from AC/DC's song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap."

Source: NME, Image: Gizmopod

22

Many Simpsons lovers may notice a striking resemblance between Krusty the Clown and Homer Simpson. It's no coincidence; Groening did it purposely, saying, "The satirical concept that I was going for at the time was that 'The Simpsons' was about a kid who had no respect for his father, but worshiped a clown who looked exactly like his father." In original designs, Krusty was written in as Homer's secret identity though this was later ruled out.

Source: CNN, Image: Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr



21

Homer's iconic phrase – D'oh! – was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2001. It is defined as "Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish."

Source: NME, Image: youtube.com