Reading Digest: New Stuff on the Road Edition

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“I’d like to order a wake up call, please . . . three am . . . uh, for every room except this one . . . that’s right.  Good night.  Always love trying out new material on the road.” – Bart Simpson

This week we’ve got three links to brand new Simpsons graffiti in foreign countries (and only one of them is Canadian).  There’s also a British newspaper that agrees with us, two kickass YouTube videos of Simpsons music, the rarely seen poor usage, and a never before published Bill Oakley interview from England, which you should probably read instead of the rest of this.


Intermission of long-outdated content: An interview with Bill Oakley – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this long, detailed and awesome interview with Bill Oakley conducted by none other than our old friend Gran2 (who somehow becomes Troy McClure for periods late in the interview).  Don’t finish reading this post (well, maybe watch the YouTube video right below this), just click the link and start reading.

Watch Megan Washington Mashup Beck & The Simpsons – Seriously, watch it:

Excellent (especially that little Kwik-E-Mart line at the end).

Artistic Spotlight : Alfred Steiner – Absolutely stunning, if somewhat disturbing, fan made paintings of Spongebob, Burns, Maggie, and, oddly enough, Terry Schiavo.

Joey Joe Joe! Our top 10 favourite obscure Simpsons characters – Hot on the heels of last week’s Zombie Simpsons infested list from unnamed Simpsons writers, the Herald Sun (which is Australian) has their own list, and it is much better.  There’s no Zombie Simpsons at all, which is more than enough to make up for calling Shelbyville Manhattan “Manhattan Shelbyville”.  Well done, Herald Sun.  (via @dailysimpsons)

Colombians fight to keep Simpsons beer – As usual, FOX hates fun, but this is amusing:

The company has since been forced to change its name to DuH Beer, as the pair of stylised “f”s on the bottle label could also be interpreted as a capital “h”.

I also didn’t know just how many different countries had tried this:

Sales of the beer in Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and New Zealand have also been halted, though Duff Sudamerica attorney Santiago Mora will appeal the decision.

“We’re not going to let ourselves be frightened by a multinational. We’re going to fight a battle that is just starting. We will defend our rights,” said Mora.

Alvaro Ballesteros insists they are not copying 20th Century Fox’s brand.

“It appears only in cartoons, in a fictional world. Here in Colombia we trademarked it and produced it first,” he said.

In 2007 the brothers founded Duff Sudamerica in Bogota, registering the trademark in 2008.

Good luck, fellas.

Why Moe, WHY – Fantastic mural of Homer wailing at the sight of a closed Moe’s in what the caption says is Spain.

Postal Service Stuck With Glut of ‘Simpsons’ Stamps – They overprinted $1.2 million worth of stamps.  Meh.

TV GIFs Of The Week (And The Best Of Sideshow Bob) – There are an impressive amount of Sideshow Bob .gifs here.  They start at #17 on the slideshow.

Page 2: Alien, Pixar, Terminator, Fight Club, Akira, The Simpsons, West Wing, Sharktopus, Michael Dorn, The Royal Tenenbaums, Ryan Gosling, Breaking Bad, Lawless – There’s a great looking monorail t-shirt here.  Sadly, I couldn’t find it on the site that actually sells the shirt.

25 Best Supporting Characters From The Simpsons – This is  gargantuan pageview whoring (some of the pages only have one(!) character on them) for a pretty unremarkable list, but there isn’t a trace of Zombie Simpsons.  That may just be because Zombie Simpsons hasn’t created a character in pretty much ever, but it’s still a good list. 

August 18, 2012: Peru 21 – Apparently:

The Simpsons are apparently so well-known that an editorial cartoonist in El Otorongo, Peru 21′s Friday humor pull-out section, can use one of Groening’s characters and make the assumption that the audience will catch the reference.

There’s even an example with Otto.

MLB: Describing Each 2012 Team with 90’s Songs – Excellent usage:

"Why do you need new bands? Everyone knows rock attained perfection in 1974. It’s a scientific fact."

Ned Flanders by *OliviaWhyteART on deviantART – All color marker drawing of Flanders.

5 "Unfilmable" Novels That Became Movies & 5 More That Are On The Way – Excellent usage:

Like a red rag to a bull, the term "unfilmable novel" elicits about the same reaction for filmmakers as it does for Chief Wiggum in "The Simpsons" when he tells Ralph not to go into "the forbidden closet of mystery."

Wiggum actually calls it “my forbidden closet of mystery”, but that’s close enough for excellent usage.

Bart Simpson: Favorite of Rome’s Graffiti Writers – Picture of a large, happy looking Bart with spray paint in hand in Rome.

Meandering In Lotus Land: Sideshow Bob – Speaking of foreign graffiti, here’s Sideshow Bob on the side of a dumpster in Vancouver.

Op-Ed: NRO wants Romney to flaunt his wealth, because we love rich folks – Poor usage:

We’re reminded of Homer Simpson sitting in the audience at a Krusty the Klown comeback, staring blankly as the rest of the audience laughs and applauds. "I don’t get it," Homer says. the kids try to explain it to him.
Finally, Lisa tells Homer, "It’s a joke, Dad!"
"Oh! A JOKE! I get JOKES! Ha ha ha ha ha!"

The quote actually goes:

Homer: I don’t get it.
Lisa: Dad, the zebra didn’t do it.  It’s just a word at the end of the dictionary.
Homer: I still don’t get it.
Lisa: It’s just a joke.
Homer: Oh, I get it!  I get jokes.

And not only is the quote badly mangled, but it’s actually from Season 9 not Season 4.  I rarely award poor usage, but there’s no way around this one.

Lucifur Loves Marge Simpson by *Alvyna on deviantART – Cat lounges ominously over a fan made Marge Simpson drawing.

Stark raving dad – I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this before, but it’s too cool not to post again:

Welcome Back, Kotter…In 10 Words – That Travolta joke is getting funny again.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo…In 10 Words – Remember last week when I said these posts sometimes inform me about things I’d rather not know about?

D’Oh! I Forgot My Lunch! – Cool looking Homer food.  Unfortunately, the Japanese term for these kinds of things escapes me at the moment.

Word of the Week – I learned something today:

Anencephalous – Absence of a brain

There’s a picture of Homer and Bart from “Deep Space Homer” to illustrate.

D’oh! Dissident Xstrata shareholders resist Glasenberg’s reverse psychology – Excellent usage:

"Don’t you get it? You’ve gotta use reverse psychology," Homer Simpson’s brain says to its owner during one episode of The Simpsons. Homer resists his inner voice’s argument, causing it to retort: "OK, don’t use reverse psychology". "All right," Homer fires back, "I will."

Anatomy Of A Playboy Cover – Well, for whatever it was worth, the Playboy cover gimmick worked (at least relative to the time):

SB: What’s the best-selling issue? I’m guessing it’s not Marge Simpson, November 2009.

DB: Actually, the Marge Simpson issue was a best-seller! When doing the book I consciously didn’t make it a numbers game, though, because a best-seller is relative to how Playboy was selling overall. For example, Playboy was selling more than seven million copies monthly in the ’70s, but doing only a few million today, so it wouldn’t be possible for a Playboy issue today to sell more than an issue in the ’70s because there literally wouldn’t be enough copies printed to do so.

How Electronic Arts resurrected its DOA Simpsons game – The Simpsons city building game is now live again after having been taken down months ago.  The subtext of all this is that EA sucks and rushed it out the door to try and coincide with the 500th episode crap.

08/19/2012 Sunday Search Terms and Project 365 – Random Facts: 226 – 232 – Well done:

Random Fact #229 – I collect seasons of The Simpsons on DVD.

I’ve been collecting The Simpsons for about 1o years and have seasons 1-9 (I think).  I break them out and do marathons once in a while.

You have just the right seasons.

John Waters on The Simpsons – A moustache salute to not only real John Waters, but Simpsons John Waters.

Coolest Marge Simpson Costume – The hair is always the tricky part:

I took a knee high pair of pantyhose, with the sticky part that is supposed to attach to leg, and shoved as much cotton as I could fit into one of the legs. Then I ran a wire through it for support. I also added an elastic circle to the wire when I realized that the sticky stuff was not enough to keep the wig on my head. Finally, I spray painted my creation blue.


my brain’s all broken but I’m feelin’ alright….. – Animated .gif of Lisa dancing from “Flaming Moe’s”.

Ukraine wants to ban cartoon Spongebob Squarepants… as it ‘promotes homosexuality’ – And finally, Britain’s Daily Mail tacitly agrees with us.  In a story about the Ukraine’s “National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality” (whatever the hell that is), they put up a screen grab from Zombie Simpsons with this caption:

The Simpsons: Despite more than a decade of relatively trouble-free episodes, popular Fox TV show has also come under Ukrainian criticism

Zombie Simpsons has indeed been toothless and trouble-free for a decade now.  (via)

7 Responses to “Reading Digest: New Stuff on the Road Edition”

  1. 24 August 2012 at 1:35 pm

    “who somehow becomes Troy McClure…” I wish. McClure = NoHomers’ Brian McClure

  2. 3 Robert
    24 August 2012 at 1:40 pm


    • 4 Charlie Sweatpants
      24 August 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Damn it, yes, that’s it. Strangely enough, Google doesn’t return a lot of useful results when you start searching for “Japanese cuisine styles” and stuff like that.

  3. 5 Frank
    24 August 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I had no idea that Michael was not the one singing the song in Stark Raving Dad. This is the first time I heard MJ’s version and it blows the sound-alike’s rendition out of the water. I never actually liked that song until I heard it here today!

  4. 6 D.N.
    25 August 2012 at 12:53 am

    If I ever catch Megan Washington live again, I hope she trots out some Simpsons tunes.

  5. 7 Dan S.
    25 August 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Poor Robot Lab

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