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‘Simpsons’ fans dream of a Mexico and Portugal World Cup final

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Fans of The Simpsons will never forget its classic parody of soccer. 

From 1997, the episode “The Cartridge Family” poked fun at the sport with its meaningless but exotic player names (“Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga!”) and the impatience Americans had for the sport.

In that fictional match (which ended in a riot), Mexico and Portugal battled it out to “determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth.”

For followers of the sport, the inclusion of the two countries was a bit of a joke in itself at the time. When the Season 9 episode aired, Portugal’s team was on the slide, ranking 30th in the worldMexico, however, managed to reach a much more respectable 5th.  Read more…

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‘The Simpsons’ paid tribute to the late Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking has been honored by The Simpsons.

The astrophysicist had a number of cameos on the show in its now 29-season run, perhaps most notably in 1999 when he appeared at the end of the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.”

The show ended Sunday’s episode with an image of Hawking in his now iconic helicopter and jet-powered wheelchair, complete with Lisa Simpson sitting on his lap. 

The Simpsons’ executive producer Matt Selman, who called Hawking the show’s “most intelligent guest star,” posted the image on Twitter. Read more…

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The first draft of that steamed hams script from ‘The Simpsons’ was excellent too

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So, the steamed hams skit in The Simpsons’ “22 Short Films About Springfield” is a pretty hot meme right now.

Also known as “Skinner & The Superintendent,” the scene featuring Superintendent Chalmers and Principal Skinner is one of the show’s funniest, but has landed an extra bit of comedic oomph thanks to the plethora of remixes by people on the internet.

In case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the steamed hams skit performed to a custom Guitar Hero song, for some reason.

Or this guy who hasn’t seen The Simpsons before, so he improvises the whole scene in one take. Read more…

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'The Simpsons' finally reveals the make and model of Homer's car

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The Simpsons, a show that has been on for approximately 75 years (didn’t double check but that feels right), has finally revealed the make and model of Homer’s classic pink sedan.

Finally, academics of the world can end the decades-long desperate search for this information.

In the Jan. 8 episode, titled “Pork and Burns,” a car wash employee refers to Homer’s car as a 1986 Plymouth Junkerola.

The pink sedan, Homer’s often horrendously damaged and inexplicably-repaired-the-next-week car, has been a point of debate amongst Simpsons fanatics for years. Read more…

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