10 Coolest Simpsons Facts That You Will Remember

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These are the coolest Simpsons facts that you will ever find. From the weird through to the outright awesome, this amazing and unforgettable list of Simpsons facts are the best that you will ever encounter.

1 Tomacco From The Simpsons Has Been Grown

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In a classic episode from The Simpsons Homer tries to grow tomatoes and tobacco but fails. He decides to plant a plutonium rod in between the two growing plants to encourage them to grow. What happens next is surprising. The two plants merge into a new plant the looks like a tomato, but tastes foul and is extremely addictive because it contains nicotine. Homer decides to call his plant tomacco.

What you might not know is that it is possible to grow this plant, and further more it has been grown twice. The reason that the plant can be grown is because both the tomato and tobacco plant come from the same plant family that also includes eggplant and the deadly nightshade. The first successful attempt occurred in 1959 when an American scientist grafted a tomato plant to the top of a tobacco plant. As the roots of the tobacco plant produce the nicotine the tomato section of the plant also contained nicotine.

In 2003 a Simpsons fan decided to try this himself. He grew two plants side by side and cut both stems open. He then tied them together until they fused. Next he cut off the tomato root so the only tobacco root was supplying the nutrients to the plant. The creator of tomacco decided not to taste his creation as he was unsure how much nicotine the fruit contained. You only need 50 to 60 milligrams of nicotine for a fatal dose.

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2 Fox Nearly Sued Itself Over The Simpsons

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How odd is this? The Fox network, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch nearly sued itself over a Simpsons parody Simpsons creator Matt Groening has revealed.

In an episode of the Simpsons they had a news ticker in an attempt to parody another Fox network program, Fox News. They ran captions such as “Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent… Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at foxnews.com… Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer…” and Fox News was not impressed.

As The Simpsons are permitted to make fun of Fox, the Simpsons creators stood their ground, and Fox news backed down when they realized they would have been suing themselves. The Simpsons are one of the few shows on the Fox network that are permitted to make fun of Fox because when Fox was first starting they allowed The Simpsons to do it in an attempt to get shows into their new network.

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3 24601 Repeats In The Simpsons

24601 Repeats In The Simpsons

24601 and the Simpsons. Have you ever noticed such a number appearing on the Emmy award winning show? For many of us, a number that seems to be random and only appears every so often, wouldn’t really register as anything important. But did you know that 24601 repeatedly appears on the Simpsons, and it may be one of their favorite numbers?

One of the main recurring characters on the show is Sideshow Bob. He is the arch nemesis of Bart. Frequently throughout the series we get glimpses of him in prison. And guess what his prison number is? Yep, it’s that magic number that the creators of the Simpsons love, 24601.

But the use of this number isn’t restricted only to Sideshow Bob. If it were it wouldn’t be that special, would it? In a few short scenes we get to find out that principle Skinner, who is a Vietnam veteran, an former POW, also had the same prison number. Could it just be a coincidence, or is there a deeper message from the creative writers?

It has a little message, surprise surprise. Why would it appear so often if it didn’t? It may come as surprise to learn that the same prisoner number was assigned to Hank Jennings’ in Twin Peaks. I know it’s a completely different show, but what gives?

We can thank 19th century novel, Les Misérables. It is considered one of the best novels of that century, and has been adapted to stage and screen. The main character of the novel is Jean Valjean, who is an ex convict. Can you guess what his prison number was? That’s right, just as with the Simpsons who got the inspiration for its use, it was 24601.

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4 Mr Smithers Was Originally Black

Mr Smithers Was Originally Black

In the Simpsons, Mr Smithers, who is the assistant and constant care provider for the incredibly wealthy, cruel and feeble Mr Burns, was going to be black. Sure, there is a lack of ethnic and racial diversity in the show, so why did they change him?

It was all an accident. During production, Mr Smithers was made yellow like most of the other characters in the Simpsons, but because of a production mishap he came out as a black man. The producers were going to go along with this until someone pointed out that having a subservient black man might cause controversy. This was something that the producers desperately wanted to avoid. So in his second appearance he was made yellow again.

For those who aren’t aware who Mr Smithers is, he is the homosexual assistant of the owner of the power plant. He has what can be called an unhealthy obsession with Malibu Stacey dolls, and has an obsession with his boss.

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5 Matt Groening Named The Main Characters After His Own Family

Matt Groening Named The Main Characters After His Own Family

Have you ever wondered where Matt Groening got the names for the characters of the Simpsons from? It would appear that many came from his own family. In 1997 his mother, Margaret (Marge) Groening said in an interview that many of the Simpsons characters names originated from within the family, but it was not until her death in 2013 that the extent of how many names became apparent.

Her obituary read many names.Her maiden name was Wiggum and she married Homer Groening. Her oldest daughter, Patty died in January 2013. Her other children were Mark, Matt, Lisa andMaggie. The name for Bart is an anagram for brat.

Mrs Groening had said that neither herself or her husband were nothing like the characters in the cartoon series, although she did marry her husband Homer because he made her laugh the most.

Other regular guest characters take their names from other shows and movies. Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons are named after two Star Trek characters – Kang was a Klingon warrior, and Kodos was an Adolf Hitler-like mass murderer.

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