12 interesting things you didn’t know about The Simpsons
Here are 12 facts about the most comical TV show in history.
1. In the opening scene, Maggie used to ring up on the cash register as $847.63 because in 1989, that was the approximate price of raising a baby for one month.
2. Have you ever asked yourself why the Springfield residents are all yellow? Creator Matt Groening told BBC: “An animator came up with the Simpsons’ yellow and as soon as she showed it to me I said: ‘This is the answer!’ because when you’re changing the channels with your remote control, and a flash of yellow goes by, you’ll know you’re watching The Simpsons.”
3. If you watch an episode that is dubbed in French, Homer’s signature “D’oh!” is translated to “T’oh!”.
4. In Arabic episodes, instead of drinking beer Homer drinks soda, and he eats Egyptian beef sausages instead of hot dogs.
5. Until 1998, the six main voice actors for the show earned $30,000 per episode. From then until 2004, they earned $125,000 per show. How much do they get today? They get a 400,000 dollars per episode.
6. Many of the characters’ last names are taken from street names in Groening’s hometown of Portland, Oregon.
7. The show predicted the three-eyed fish. In this episode from 1990, Bart catches a three-eyed fish named Blinky in the river by the power plant, which makes local headlines. After 10 years, a three-eyed fish was discovered in a reservoir in Argentina. Strangely enough, the reservoir itself was fed by water from a nuclear power plant.
8. Speaking about predictions The Simpsons seem to have predicted quite a few things. They also predicted Donald Trump as President of the US. At the time, the real Trump presidency was still 16 years away.
9. The length of the opening scene couch gag is dependent upon how long the episode is. If they need to fill space for a shorter episode, they’ll make an extended couch gag.
10. Maybe you haven’t noticed but inside the Springfield Police Station is a map of the city which is shaped like medieval Constantinople.
11. Barbara Bush was once quoted saying “The Simpsons is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen”.
12. In 1990, ‘Do The Bartman’ topped the UK Singles Chart. The song was written and produced by Michael Jackson and Bryan Loren, and performed by Nancy Cartwright (the woman behind Bart’s voice).