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Simpsons Joke Origins: Superstar Celebrity Microphone

The episode Radio Bart centers around Bart being given a toy microphone for his birthday, and the pranks he uses it for. These start innocently enough with him tricking Homer into believing an alien invasion is happening, or ordering the Flanders … Continue reading

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Joke Origins: Poochie, The Whatizit? and the ’96 Olympics

In advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Atlanta Magazine published a deep and delightful oral history of The Whatizit?. If you don’t remember the Whatizit?, also known as Izzy, don’t worry. There are gloomier memories from Atlanta’s Summer Games besides its star-farting, … Continue reading

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Joke Origins: I wish I could retire / The State Hospital

In “Marge Gets A Job” (Season 4 episode 7)  one of the first jokes involves Homer daydreaming about retirement. This image struck me, because of a vague connection to something from my Art School days that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Recently I … Continue reading

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Simpsons Joke Origins: Radioactive Man defeats Jesse Owens

In Season 8’s “The Canine Mutiny,” Bart attempts to use “Santos L. Halper’s” credit card to purchase a pricy Radioactive Man hardcover collection at the Android’s Dungeon. Comic Book Guy points out that the collection contains a story in which … Continue reading

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Simpsons joke origins: Sideshow Bob’s campaign ad

Remember when Sideshow Bob ran for mayor? I’ll spare you the embarrassment of not knowing who Sideshow Bob is and show you his campaign ad. I wasn’t old enough to be paying attention in 1988, but I was paying attention 2 … Continue reading

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