You think you know everything about the Simpsons? Even if you have religiously watched every episode of the beloved animated show, we have some facts up our sleeve that will make you go WOW! Check out the 15 jaw-dropping things you didn’t know about the Simpsons family.
1. Do you know why the Springfield residents are yellow? Creator Matt Groening revealed to the BBC:“An animator came up with the Simpsons’ yellow and as soon as she showed it to me I said: ‘This is the answer!’ because when you’re flicking through channels with your remote control, and a flash of yellow goes by, you’ll know you’re watching The Simpsons.”
2. To conform to Islamic customs, Homer drinks soda instead of beer and eats Egyptian beef sausages instead of hot dogs in all the Arabic episodes
3. Each the Simpsons episode takes between six to eight months to create.
4. The voice behind Maggie’s ‘sucking’ sound is the show’s creator himself, Matt Groening.
5. Former US President George Bush once said that the Simpsons are the reason for some of the society’s problems, adding that American families should be less like The Simpsons and more like The Waltons.
6. In one episode the creators replaced the recognizable introduction with a cover of Ke$ha’s ‘Tik-Tok’. The singer was pleasantly surprised, and she tweeted: “Wooo!!”
7. Ever wondered how much the voices behind your favorite characters earn? Until 1998, the six main voice actors earned $30,000 per episode. From 1998 to 2004, they earned $125,000 per show. Today, they make a whopping $400,000 per episode. WOW!
8. The Principal Skinner’s prisoner number in Vietnam was 24601, the same as Les Miserables’ Jean Valjean and Twin Peaks’ Hank Jennings.
9. It took only two days for Danny Elfman to compose the show’s infamous theme tune in 1989.
10. Do you know why Groening called the city where the Simpsons live Springfield? There are many cities with the same name in the US, so the creator wanted to keep fans guessing.
11. The voice behind Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright first auditioned for Lisa’s voice.
12. In the episode “Angry Dad” you can see a comic that Bart drew. None of the show’s animators could make the comic look like it was created by a child, so one of them asked his son to do it.
13. The Who’s Pete Townshend was one of the celebrity guests on the show. His brother Paul Townshend voiced his character.
14. The map inside the Springfield Police Station is shaped like medieval Constantinople.
15. In 1997 there was a house in Clark County, Nevada that looked exactly like the Simpsons’ home. The house was part of a prize for Fox and Pepsi contest. The winner could choose between a stay in the house and $75,000 prize. Unfortunately, The house which cost $120,000 to build is no longer decorated in the Simpsons aesthetic. Bummer!