Prince William's Receding Hairline
The Joke: In a series of flashbacks in “And Maggie Makes Three,” The Simpsons reveals the cause of Homer’s gradual hair loss. It seems his go-to reaction after discovering Marge is pregnant is to panic and pull out his own hair. Maggie is the final straw, rendering the beloved TV dad completely bald as he tears out the last of his locks while letting out a blood curdling scream.
What Actually Happened: Prince William and wife Kate Middleton welcomed three children from 2013 to 2014. With each subsequent birth, William’s hairline receded. Internet sleuths pointed out the trajectory of Homer’s hair closely matched that of Prince William’s.
The Joke: In the Season 22 premiere, Milhouse and Lisa participated in a who-will-win-the-Nobel-Prize betting pool. For Economics, Milhouse, who lost to Martin, selected Bengt Holmström.
What Actually Happened: In 2016, Bengt Holmström of MIT and Oliver Hart of Harvard were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics “for work on contact theory and how to evaluate whether things should be government-run or privately owned.”
The Joke: In the 1998 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” Homer becomes the personal assistant to Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger when they move to Springfield. He winds up pitching a script to Ron Howard, and by the end of the episode Howard is pitching that same script to 20th Century Fox. A sign outside the studio reads, “a division of Walt Disney Co.”
What Actually Happened: Disney bought 21st Century Fox in December 2017 for a cool $52.4 billion.
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The Joke: In the episode “In Lard Of The Dance,” Homer discovers he can make money by stealing and reselling grease found in the back of Springfield Elementary’s kitchen. They even build a contraption so that they can steal the maximum amount of grease in their car.
They eventually give up after a few encounters with Groundskeeper Willie and the Springfield Grease Company. Bart and Homer barely escape an angry, greased-up Willie while trying to make it home-free with their glorious, profit-garnering grease in tow.
What Actually Happened: In November of 2011, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that thieves had stolen at least $2,000 worth of grease from the privately-owned restaurant The St. Louis Wing Co. since April.
“It’s a big deal. There’s a huge underground out there for this stuff,” owner Bobby Thessler said. “Others have said that this is like the new copper… These thieves are getting more sophisticated…”
The Joke: Principal Skinner tries to set Bart up to get in trouble, so he concocts something called “Scotchtoberfest,” which allows him to control an entire event in which he knows Bart won’t be able to resist pranking Groundskeeper Willie. Skinner attempts to catch Bart in act.
What Actually Happened: Vintage Wine & Spirits Co. A wine, beer, spirits, cigar, and wine accessory specialty shop located in West Des Moines, Iowa created a real Scotchtoberfest held every Saturday in October.
The Joke: Homer tells the local tavern owner Moe about a secret cocktail that includes cough medicine and fire that he calls a “Flaming Homer.”
Moe steals the recipe and renames the drink the “Flaming Moe,” and begins selling it at his tavern, betraying Homer in the process. The drink is a success and Moe becomes famous, even Aerosmith drops by to perform at his place!
What Actually Happened: Andy Heidel, the owner of a bar in Prospect Heights, NY called The Way Station, just happened to have a bottle of Robitussin behind the bar when someone brought up the Flaming Moe. Not sure why you would have cough medicine behind a bar, but whatever. He grabbed the ‘tussin and mixed it with Pernod, Jagermeister and a Bacardi 151 floater and set it on fire. He and his friends got shmammered and the real-life Flaming Moe was born.
Lisa begins to feel threatened by Allison, a new student, because she is smarter, younger, and a better saxophone player than she is.
Their rivalry reaches a climax at the school’s diorama contest where Lisa plans to sabotage Allison’s entry. The episode’s subplot sees Homer steal a large pile of sugar from a crashed truck, and begin selling it door-to-door. He keeps it in the back yard and it eventually melts from the rain.
What Actually Happened: Someone actually stole a freaking sugar truck.
In 2009, two kids were arrested by police in India for stealing a sugar truck from a person actually in charge of delivering the sugar. The kids were actually in charge of cleaning the truck and took it while it was parked at the cleaner/boss’s house.
No word on whether or not they planned to sell it door to door.
The Joke: This was a dig at Governor Schwarzenegger from The Simpson’s Movie, saying he was too dumb to be a Government official.
The line “I was elected to lead, not read,” was such a ridiculous statement because an elected official’s entire job is reading long, difficult legislation, making sense of it, then deliberating.
What Actually Happened: In the 2012 GOP race there was a man by the name of Herman Cain, and he ran on the slogan “We need a leader, not a reader.”
So yeah, that almost happened.
What does that slogan even mean? You need to read and be at least somewhat of an intellectual to run a country, that’s why that joke in The Simpsons is so fun and why in the real world it’s just so tragic.
In the Simpsons, the Good Morning Burger was 18 ounces of sizzling ground beef soaked in rich creamery butter, topped off with bacon, ham, and a fried egg.
This was before all fast food restaurants started carrying a regular menu of heart-attacks every morning before 10:30AM, so it really worked as a satire of how horrible fast food is for you.
Before the “Baconator,” a Sourdough Jack, or even a triple cheeseburger were as bad as things got.
The Good Morning Burger seemed so ridiculous and far off that it could never really happen.
What Actually Happened: This take on the Good Morning Burger is quite similar: hash browns, topped with a hamburger, topped with a fried egg. There are hash browns under a burger that’s under a fried egg.Another good example of how far things have gotten in fast food are, of course, the KFC Double Down and their “failure bowls” (as comedian Patton Oswalt calls them in this bit).
The Joke: Inspired by a Zorro movie, Homer begins slapping people with a glove and challenging them to duels.
When a real Southern gentleman accepts Homer’s request for a duel, the Simpsons run off to the old farm Homer lived on with his parents and breed a dangerously addictive but successful tobacco/tomato hybrid called “tomacco.”
What Actually Happened: Homer’s “tomacco” plant became a reality when Rob Baur, a senior operations analyst at an Oregon sewage treatment plant, created it in his house.
He grafted together a tobacco root with a tomato plant to create a real-life tomacco, without even enlisting the aid of radioactive material.
To date, no nearby farm animals have gone berserk and articulated their tomacco desire through speech yet. YET.
The Joke: When The “Itchy and Scratchy Movie” premiered in The Simpsons, they advertised with a billboard that sprayed blood when Itchy hit Scratchy over the head with a sledgehammer, meant to poke fun at the overtness of not only violence in emerging popular media, but in even its advertising.
What Actually Happened:
New Zealand was super excited about the TV premier of Kill Bill, so they borrowed the idea from “The Simpsons” in a way that actually may have escaped the creators of the controversial Kill Bill billboard.
In an homage to Kill Bill‘s gore, the billboard sprayed “blood” across the wall, street and cars.
Just like the advertising for “The Itchy and Scratchy Movie.”
The Joke: The Land of Chocolate is a land imagined by Homer when German businessman bought the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and, during an interview, told Homer they came from “the Land of Chocolate,” meaning Germany.
In Homer’s head, this land was made entirely of chocolate, including houses, streetlights, paths, and rivers. Even chocolate rabbits and dogs. And in a part called “Fudgetown,” they even had chocolate fudge rains.
What Actually Happened: Well, China has done it again. For the second year in a row, a theme park made entirely from chocolate will open its doors in Shanghai, according to CNNGo.
The park used 80 tons of Belgian chocolate to create sculptures such as the Terracotta warriors and The Great Wall.
The exhibit drew roughly a half a million visitors, according to CNNGo.
This year, the park is moving to Shanghai’s Himalayas Art Museum, and will feature 200 pieces of chocolate art. Chocolatiers will also be on hand to make everything from truffle chocolate to wine chocolate; visitors will also be able to create their own chocolate.
I think if I were to actually visit this theme park, I would act exactly as Homer did in his dream. No word yet on the edible, sentient chocolate animals.
The Joke: In the episode “Ned Flander Fails,” Homer makes a wish for Flanders’s new left-handed store to go out of business.
The ridiculousness in this bit lied in the idea of an entire store existing just for the left-handed. Surely, nobody needed to be coddled this much, let alone a whole section of the population.
The wish comes true and gets Flanders into financial hardship.
Ned is forced to sell his possessions, and Homer happily buys most of it. When he finds out that Ned’s house is going to be repossessed, Homer feels guilty and decides to get the store back in business by telling all the left-handed citizens about it.
What Actually Happened: In 2009 Lefty’s opened its doors in San Francisco. Now they have stores at Pier 39 in San Francisco and The Marketplace at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida, as well as hundreds of left-handed items on their website.
The store features left-handed scissors, left-handed pens, and left-handed notebooks, left-handed office and school supplies, left-handed children’s writing guides and shoe tying instruction cards, even left-handed kitchen tools and equipment. And then there are left-handed sayings and toys, which they print on T-shirts, left-handed mugs, left-handed portfolios, and lots of other items.
For all other needs, Anything Left Handed is the store for you. They even took the homage to “The Simpsons” one step further by having their website as Leftorium.com.What a bunch of great leftorinos.
The Joke: In the episode, “Last Exit To Springfield,” Bart and Homer watch a McBain movie in which McBain busts out of an ice sculpture and utters this cringe worthy line before wasting the bad guys: “Ice To See You.”
What Actually Happened: In 1997, the worst Batman movie was released and in it was a villain called Mr. Freeze, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In the late 80s early 90s, the character McBain was of course, based on the action hero success and ubiquitous popularity of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The fact that the real Arnold went on to not only make a movie more ridiculous than the cartoon McBain action saga, but a movie that actually contained worse and somehow cheesier lines than some written to be intentionally funny by comedy writers is insane.
Ned Flanders decides he hasn’t really lived so he turns to Homer, who takes him to Vegas. As you can see in the image above, it pretty much plays out exactly like The Hangover.
What Actually Happened:
The movie The Hangover comes out, the film is about a couple of guys that go to Vegas for a bachelor party…and well…just take a look:
What Actually Happened: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chipboth premiered in December 2015.