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1. Blood-Splattering Billboard

In 2008, the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi constructed a blood-splattering billboard in promotion of the television debut of Kill Bill Volume 1. The blood rained down on one of the busiest intersections in Auckland, New Zealand.

Seventeen years before the Kill Bill billboard, The Simpsons featured a similarly gory ad. In the season four episode “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie,” a promotional billboard for The Itchy and Scratchy Movie splatters blood on unsuspecting drivers.

2. Roy Gets Mauled

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In 2003, Roy Horn of the duo Siegfried & Roy was attacked on stage by a 7-year-old white tiger named Montecore. Thankfully, Horn survived the attack and eventually regained the ability to walk and talk.  The duo even performed a final show with Montecore before retiring in 2010.

The Simpsons predicted the Horn attack 10 years before it occurred. In the season five episode, “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)," Homer and Ned Flanders travel to Las Vegas where they meet Gunter and Ernst, a Siegfried and Roy parody. Near the end of the episode, one of the duo’s white tigers attacks the performers. On the commentary for the season five DVD, the production team dismissed this incident as evidence of their greenseeing abilities, saying that it was “bound to happen” sooner or later.

3. Grease Thieves

As oil prices have soared over the last decade, so has the ability to make a living stealing grease. Grease thieves target commercial kitchens and siphon away the valuable fryer grease. In 2000, the price for yellow grease was 7.6 cents/pound. By 2008, that figure had risen to 33 cents/pound. One raid on a Burger King netted a bandit 2500 gallons of grease worth over $6000.

In the season 10 premiere “Lard of the Dance,” which first aired in 1998, Homer and Bart initiate a get-rich-quick scheme where they attempt to steal grease from Springfield Elementary in order to sell it for a profit.

4. Don Mattingly Gets Benched Because of His Hair

In 1991, Yankee captain Don Mattingly was benched by manager Stump Merrill for refusing to cut his long hair. Yankee owner George Steinbrenner had demanded that Merrill bench all players with unkempt hair, so the Yankee manager was forced to sit his best player.

Months later, Mattingly appeared on the classic 1992 The Simpsons episode “Homer at the Bat” from season three. Mattingly is one of nine professional baseball players to appear in the episode as a member of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team. In the episode, Mattingly is benched by Mr. Burns for his unruly sideburns.

The episode was produced so close to the incident with Steinbrenner that most fans assumed The Simpsons was lampooning the event. But according to Deadspin, Mattingly recorded his lines for the episode a full month before his real-life benching. The story was actually inspired by showrunner Al Jean’s grandfather, who was obsessed with the facial hair of his employees.

5. Malfunctioning Voting Booths

In 2012, voters in the presidential election were furious when a man posted this video on YouTube:

The video shows a voter selecting Barack Obama, only to have the screen register for Mitt Romney. The populace were outraged and questions about vote integrity were raised by the media.

Four years earlier, during the Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XIX,” Homer found himself in an eerily similar situation. In the episode, Homer attempts to vote for Barack Obama, only to have the machine select John McCain instead.

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A Chicago Bar is Dressing Up as Moe's Tavern for Halloween
Artwork from the Moe's Tavern pop-up bar in Chicago
Artwork from the Moe's Tavern pop-up bar in Chicago
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This Halloween, fans of The Simpsons can dress up like Homer and drink like him, too. As the Chicago Tribune reports, REPLAY Lincoln Park—an arcade pub in Chicago—has transformed its rear bar into a Moe’s Tavern-inspired pop-up.

The Moe's Tavern pop-up bar at REPLAY Lincoln Park in Chicago
The Moe's Tavern pop-up bar at REPLAY Lincoln Park in Chicago
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Patrons can enjoy “Duff Beer” and themed beverages like the “Flaming Moe” and “Frozen Squishee” while watching segments of Channel 6 newsman Kent Brockman on old-school TVs. Pay $1 extra, and you can even upgrade your beer to Skittlebräu, according to Chicagoist.

When visitors aren’t drinking, rabble-rousing, and griping about Ned Flanders, they can play classic Simpsons arcade and pinball games, free of charge. Before heading home, make sure to grab a free Duff Beer koozie, pose for a picture with a live Duffman impersonator, and admire the Simpsons-inspired wall and floor art.

Decorations and details in the Moe's Tavern-themed pop-up bar at REPLAY Lincoln Park in Chicago
Decorations and details in the Moe's Tavern-themed pop-up bar
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REPLAY Lincoln Park opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at 3 p.m. Friday, and at noon during the weekend. Swing by any time through Halloween to experience Moe’s (although we don’t recommend making any prank calls first).

[h/t Chicago Tribune]

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The Simpsons's Classic Baseball Episode Gets the Mockumentary Treatment
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Opinions vary widely about the continued existence of The Simpsons, which just began its 29th season. Some believe the show ran out of steam decades ago, while others see no reason why the satirical animated comedy can’t run forever.

Both sides will no doubt have something to say about the episode airing Sunday, October 22, which reframes the premise of the show’s classic “Homer at the Bat” installment from 1992 as a Ken Burns-style mockumentary titled Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson.

As Mashable reports, “Homer at the Bat” saw Montgomery Burns launch his own baseball team and populate it with real major league players like Wade Boggs, Steve Sax, and Jose Canseco to dominate the competition. In the one-hour special, the players will discuss their (fictional) participation, along with interviews featuring Homer and other members of the animated cast.

It’s not clear how much of the special will break the fourth wall and go into the actual making of the episode, a backstory that involves guest star Ken Griffey Jr. getting increasingly frustrated recording his lines and Canseco’s wife objecting to a scene in which her husband's animated counterpart wakes up in bed with lecherous schoolteacher Edna Krabappel.

Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) directed the special, which is slated to air on Fox at either 3 p.m. EST or 4:30 p.m. EST depending on NFL schedules in local markets. There will also be a new episode of The Simpsons—an annual Halloween-themed "Treehouse of Horror" installment—airing in its regular 8 p.m. time slot.

[h/t Mashable]


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