Reading Digest: Halloween Hangover Edition

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“Happy Halloween everybody!” – The Simpsons

It always sucks when Halloween lands in the middle of the week.  When you’re a kid it means you can’t stay up all night gorging on candy, and when you’re a grown-up it means you can’t stay up all night gorging on candy and booze.  Regardless of when it falls, however, it’s still one of the best holidays of the year and this week we’ve got lots of links to prove it.  There are plenty of both Simpsons costumes and Simpsons watch lists, as well as excellent usage, lots of animated .gifs, and several excellent fan made items. 


Ode to Hank Scorpio – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this excellent fan made twofer of a drawing and a poem dedicated the world’s nicest supervillain. 

Halloween’s Got Soul…donuts – An Oregon radio show blog puts up lots of Simpsons images and .gifs to go with some old fashioned Halloween soul music.

Tree House of Horror History Lesson – A guide to the first seven Treehouse of Horror episodes, including lots of quotes, screen grabs and animated .gifs.

Eat My Ten Favorite Shorts from the Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror – Our second Treehouse of Horror list, this one contains just one segment from Zombie Simpsons.

Scared Silly: The 5 Best Treehouse of Horror Segments. How Many Ways Can Groundskeeper Willie Die? – This one lists “Night of the Dolphin”, which is from Season 12, but it’s pretty good so I’d still call this one free of Zombie Simpsons.

The 10 Best ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Segments on ‘The Simpsons’ – Hollywood.com’s list doesn’t have anything past Season 8.  Excellent.  (via @dailysimpsons)

The Many Faces of a Space Invader [Pic] – The Space Invaders characters redone with different colors to give them a little personality, including one labeled simply “Homer J.”. 

Reposez en paix – Halloween reminiscing includes a Simpsons calendar screen grab of Kang’s “Holy flurking schnit!”.

The art of the quote – A list of some memorable quotes from sources as august and lauded as Joseph Heller and Oscar Wilde, also includes Homer’s home wine making fiasco.

Top 5 Halloween TV episodes – The original “Treehouse of Horror” makes the list. 

SpeakeasyENT: When sitcoms get spooky – A tribute to some Halloween television episodes, including the ever excellent “Treehouse of Horror IV”.

WOO HOO! Classic Simpsons Trivia: October 31, 2012 – Trivia night in Chicago appears to have been a rousing success.  The team names are great; I’m especially partial to “Hoju”.  And there were costumes:

Chicago Halloween Trivia Costumes

Speaking of costumes:

Baby Maggie Costume

Aww.  (via @dailysimpsons)

Redbox Redux – Rethinking a ban on certain movies after realizing, among other things, that CGI and time travel have made for pretty awesome Treehouse of Horror segments.

Stupid Sexy Flanders – I put this up on Twitter the other day, but it is one of the best Simpsons Halloween costumes I’ve seen in a long while:

Sexy Flanders Halloween

The face is just perfect, and apparently Jean and Groening loved it as well.

Happy Hallowe’en! – Pictures?:

Halloween! I sported my 3rd Hallowe’en costume within a week and I went to school. The teachers had all decided to be characters from The Simpsons, so they painted themselves yellow and each had his or her designated character!

Seriously, we want pictures.

sideshowbob.jpg (JPEG Image, 500 × 643 pixels) – An awesomely styled fan made Sideshow Bob drawing.  (via @springfieldx2)

Buy The Simpsons Hangman – Download The Simpsons Hangman – For $0.99 you can get a Simpsons themed hangman game for . . . oh, it’s for Blackberry.  Nevermind. 

CultureLab: Mental imagery gives language meaning – Science says remembering The Simpsons is good for you (or something):

WHAT do you think of when you read the phrase "flying pig"? Chances are that a striking image will have fleetingly passed through your mind. Perhaps it’s a winged "Pigasus", as imagined by John Steinbeck. Or, if you are a fan of The Simpsons, it might be Homer’s precious roast pig launching past Mr Burns’s office.

In Louder Than Words, Benjamin Bergen, a cognitive scientist at the University of California, San Diego, builds a strong case that such "embodied simulations" lie at the centre of the brain’s processing of language.

Email Roundtable #4 – Candy Corn Edition – A chatroom discussion of various Halloween television shows that includes this:

Katie: Getting back to The Simpsons, I actually found some of their “Treehouse of Horrors” disturbing as a young child. Especially the bits with the aliens.

Also, I can’t think of Poe’s “The Raven” without picturing Bart as the Raven. “Nevermore, sqwak!”

Kerri: Yeah. I can see that Katie. They certainly were disturbing enough…

Jane: The scariest Simpsons for me was the episode where they realized that children tasted delicious and started making them into cafeteria meals. I remember they made the German kid into sausages.

Kerri: Uter! He would taste of chocolate!

Mmm, chocolate Uterbraten.

All Time Favourite TV Series – Sounds about right:

The Simpsons just had to be on here, everyone has heard of it and it is for the whole family. I don’t even have to give a description. Just watch it.

REAL Acid!? – Animated .gif of Radioactive Man being swept away.

Mockingbird Lane…In 10 Words – He was also a notary.

Hurricane Sandy…In 10 Words – See next link.

Hurricanes Were Kinda Sexist Until 1979 – A brief history of hurricane naming that includes some Brockman YouTube from “Hurricane Neddy”.

Microsoft and Apple: Always Pirate, Never Share the Loot – Excellent usage:

As stated by Simpsons character, Roger Meyers, Jr., creator of Itchy & Scratchy while discussing cartoons: “Animation is built on plagiarism. If it weren’t for someone plagiarizing the Honeymooners we wouldn’t have the Flintstones. If someone hadn’t ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there’d be no Top Cat. Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney. Your honor, you take away our right to steal ideas, where are they gonna come from?”

What the Simpsons and South Park both need! – Advocating for both shows to push their kids forward in time a little.  At least as far as Simpsons is concerned, I’m afraid it’s much too late.

¡¡¡ Viva Jumanji !!! – Homer’s Jumanji quote on YouTube in Spanish.

A toast to the weekend – Heh.

Simpsons – Ralph Wiggum Gifs – Just what it says it is.

The NFL’s Scheduling Problems, the Packers’ Offensive Problems, the Bears’ Jay Cutler Problem and the Rest of Week 8 in Review – The Steelers’ uniforms last week did have more than a hint of Bumble Bee Man in them.

The Simpsons: A Complete Guide To Our Favorite Family – And finally, I get to end the way I prefer, with someone who agrees with us.  In this case it’s a look back at an early Simpsons guide, and it includes this:

Nowadays, the arrival of yet another new episode of The Simpsons is proving more and more that this once brilliant animation’s time in the sun is long gone. To quote the Thick of It character Steve Fleming, ‘It’s just not buttering any parsnips anymore!’. The sooner the series bows out, the better, as with each new season is going to make it difficult for this end to appear at all graceful.

I think ‘graceful’ bowed out a while ago.

2 Responses to “Reading Digest: Halloween Hangover Edition”

  1. 2 Anonymous
    17 November 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the link regarding The Simpsons Hangman for Blackberry Playbook! It was great!

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