“Who the hell is that?” – Bart Simpson
“Bullwinkle.” – Homer Simpson
“Who? . . . Wait a minute, who’s that?” – Bart Simpson
“Underdog, don’t you know anything?” – Homer Simpson
“Well, I know it wouldn’t hurt them to use some cartoons made in the last fifty years.” – Bart Simpson
“Son, this is a tradition. If you start building a balloon for every flash in the pan cartoon character, you’ll turn the parade into a farce!” – Homer Simpson
Happy Simpsons Day, everybody! As in previous years (this is the fifth since we started DHS), we’ll have a mix of fun Simpsons stuff here throughout the day. Feel free to leave any Simpsons related links in comments (self promotion most definitely welcome) or on Twitter. And speaking of Twitter, as part of a pre-New Year’s resolution, I’m going to try squandering more of the precious gift of life in front of the twit-box.
Since I have no gift for kissing up to celebrities or making pithy observations about trending topics, I thought I’d stick to what I know: quoting cartoon shows. But with so many episodes to choose from, how do you keep from over-repeating some and ignoring others? Easy, by quoting episodes on the day they were broadcast. Some dates have multiple episodes, others have none, but when you put them all on a list, it looks like a fun way to waste some time and have a few laughs. Behold, the December calendar:
17 – Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire-Marge Be Not Proud-Homer’s Triple Bypass
18 – Fear of Flying
19 – Xmas Story
20 – Itchy & Scratchy & Marge
21 – Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
22 – A Taste of Freedom
23 – A Tale of Two Santas
26 – I Married Marge
29 – Hurricane Neddy
You may have noticed that there are some Futurama episodes on there. That’s because Futurama, in addition to being hilarious, is one of the two shows that sprang directly from The Simpsons and is almost as quotable. (The Critic is the other, but it doesn’t have any episode anniversaries until January.) So today we’ll be tweeting quotes from “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, “Homer’s Triple Bypass”, and, yes, “Marge Be Not Proud”. Tomorrow we’ll do quotes from “Fear of Flying”, and then Thursday is our first Futurama episode, “Xmas Story”. If people like it, we’ll keep going. If not, well, it’s not like this site’s archive isn’t already littered with screwy ideas that didn’t work.
In the meantime, enjoy your Simpsons Day.