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Question: What is the name of the episode where the people in Springfield get a record for the fattest town and Marge wants to ban sugar?

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Chosen answer: The episode is called "Sweets And Sour Marge" from Season 13, Episode 8.

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Question: In The Simpsons quotes, does anyone know what episode the third quote is from (the one with Jo-Jo Junior or something like that)?

Answer: Its the Season 5 episode "The Last Temptation Of Homer". The quote is from the part when Homer is in the bar asking for advice about his attraction to a co-worker and gives the very unusual Jo-Jo Junior name as cover.

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Question: Is it true Matt Groening is making a Simpson movie?

Answer: It is in pre-production with a theoretical release date of June 2008. More info on IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462538/.

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Question: Which state is "Springfield" supposed to be in?

Answer: Its the most asked question of the show and there has never been an definitive answer. Despite clues in certain episode no one has been able to link which state the Springfield in the show is in. Many fans believe Springfield is based on Portland, Oregon where Matt Groening grew up because of certain similarities in the show.

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Question: I went on a website recently and it showed a screenshot from a Simpsons episode with an iPod in it. I'd like to know what is the episode called and what season is it in?

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Chosen answer: After only five minutes of researching this, I found two times when the iPod was spotted in the Simpsons. First, when Homer was in some sort of religious store, he saw a poster for iGod with a clear silhoute of God rocking with an iPod. That episode is titled "Thank God it's Doomsday". It's episode ID is GABF14, meaning it was from Season 16. In another episode, which takes place at Lisa's prom, the DJ is simply an iPod. This episode is "Future-Drama" and, believe it or not, aired just bfeore "Thank God it's Doomsday", meaning it too is season 16. Hope this helps.

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Question: Is there a reason why people on the Simpsons TV always say "You may remember me from such films as..."?

Answer: I have only seen one person ever say this and that is Troy McClure. Prior to the retirement of this character (when his voice, Phil Hartman, was killed), McClure was a prolific actor who appeared in movies, commercials, infomercials, public service announcements, etc. If you notice, whenever he says this, it was to reference to a similar commercial, PSA, etc. he had done before. It came to be his signature line, like C. M. Burns' evil "Excellent," Dr. Hibbert's inappropriate laugh, or Dr. Nick Riviera's "Hi, everybody."

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Question: In the intro to the show, just before Homer's car arrives at the garage, there is a crash pan across several screens-worth of characters. Are these characters significant in any way or are they just random people?

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Chosen answer: Actually it looks like many are large characters but I guess it's a quick way to show as many of the characters as possible. If you freeze frame the shots you can see the characters Milhouse, Nelson, Jimbo, Patty and Selma, Grampa Simpson, Dr Hibbert, Flanders and his wife and many more.

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Answer: According to the season 9 episode Viva Ned Flanders, he is 60.

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Question: What does the J in Bartholomew J Simpson stand for? Is it like Homer's which just stands for Jay or is it something else?

Answer: It stands for Jo-Jo. This was confirmed by Nancy Cartwright when the show's cast appeared on "Inside the Actors Studio."

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Question: Has the original snowball (Lisa's cat that got run over) appeared in any episode?

Answer: She also appears in the episode 'Bart Gets Hit By a Car.' Bart sees her in Heaven, complete with tire tracks on her body.

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Answer: Snowball 1 appeared in an episode where they talk about how Lisa first got her saxophone. The cat appears in a flashback scene where Homer has stolen an air conditioner and the house is ice cold. Snowball 1, white coloured, slowly walks through the scene, with icicles hanging from her.

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Question: Have Matt Groenning or the producers of the show had any problem due to the humor based in the constant references to the religions?

Answer: The Simpsons creators get annoyed messages all the time from people who hate the language to even the religious jokes. I don't believe any religion has specifically bad-mouthed them for their jokes, because most people recognise they're just that - jokes. Scenes with Catholic & Protestant Priests fighting are just jokes, and are very clear.

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Question: In the episode with burn's bear bobo, homer trips down the stairs and discoveres bobo behind the fish tank. With the music and the lighting, is the way this was done supposed to represent something, or is it copied from somewhere, or was it just an interesting thing the writers came up with?

Answer: I thought perhaps it was a parody of a scene from Baz Luhrman's 'Romeo Juliet' when the two title characters see one another through an aquarium. I'm not 100% sure, though.

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Question: What religion are the Simpsons? I know they're Christians, but what branch (e.g. Catholic? Protestant?).

Answer: Since Reverend Lovejoy is both married and refered to as 'Reverend', they must be Protestants. They never name the exact protestant denomination.

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Question: Are Patty and Selma twins? If not, which one is older?

Answer: Patty and Selma are twins (this is mentioned several times throughout the series), though Selma is older by about 2 minutes.

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Question: On one of the 'American Idol 3' episodes, there is a clip of Homer punching Simon Cowell, and Barney is dressed up as a maid, saying, "You told me no-one would get hurt." Was this actually on an episode of the Simpsons, or just a new clip?

Answer: This clip was taken from the season 15 episode "Smart and Smarter".

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Question: The Flanders' live on one side of the Simpsons, who lives on the other side? Note: Not Gerald Ford, he lives across the street from them.

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Chosen answer: A divorcee who has a daughter that Bart fancies. (I can't remember her name). An old couple used to live there, but moved and I remember an episode where Homer was sitting in a paddle pool eating a hot dog, grossing out potential clients.

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Question: This may sound like a stupid question but It happens a lot in the Simpson's and Friends shows. What are the purpose of clip shows?

Answer: Clip shows are time savers and budget stretchers. They allow the producers to create a "new" show without having to spend the time and money filming (or animating), editing, and scoring the whole thing from scratch if they feel that their budget is getting spread too thin or their deadlines are getting too tight.

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Question: Several times, when the family is at a baseball game, the announcer will say something like, "Oh, Doctor, we've got a good game...". What's the "Oh Doctor" part about? Is that something that really happens, or a joke?

Answer: That announcer is a parody of veteran baseball announcer Keith Jackson, who is know for saying "Oh doctor" quite often in his commentaries.

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Question: During the Simpsons, characters have died and not come back as you would expect in real life. However, one character, Hans Moleman has been run over, been attacked by a drill and so on. How come he has not died?

Answer: This is a recurring joke - Moleman should really be dead (he pops out of a grave in "Mother Simpson" and during the heatwave episode Dr. Hibbert find him cooling down in the morgue and says "Don't go too far", etc.) yet somehow isn't. It's a cartoon - don't look for too much reality.

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Question: Even though the Simpson's home state is a mystery, in the episode where Homer gets kidnapped in Brazil, Lisa says that if you look at the clues, you can figure it out. Has anyone tried to look at all the clues and figured it out? My theory is that the Simpson's home state is Oregon (where Matt Groening grew up). There was even an episode where Homer joins the Navy and it shows a plotted map of USA where Homer sails off from the west coast of America (either Oregon or northern California). Has anyone else came up with this conclusion or have totally different conclusions?

Answer: This is an age old battle that has been going on since the show's debut. People give supporting arguments for almost every state, and some say that it's made up. According to Matt Groening, Springfield is not based on any Springfield in the USA (Even though there are over 150 of em), he says it is based on Portland Oregon, his home town. http://www.roundspringfield.com/?section=usual&page=faq#1

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Continuity mistake: This is a mistake for the introduction from seasons 2-20 (1991-2009). When Homer screams, he turns round. You see this in a wide shot. There are no boxes to the right of the door in the garage. However, two just appear out of thin air when he runs through the garage. (00:01:50)

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[The Simpsons are driving down a road as fast as possible.]
Homer: Dear God, it's Homer. If you really love me you'll save my life now.
[The gas needle immediately drops to empty and the car stops.]
Homer: D'oh.

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Trivia: The Simpsons holds the record for most guest stars; it is also the only non-variety show to have had appearances from three former Beatles (Paul, George and Ringo).

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