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Old 05-21-2000, 07:41 PM
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On the season finale of the Simpsons, did I hear correctly?Have they finally revealed just where the family is from?

I don't know U.S. geography, so is there even a Springfield in Northern Kentucky? What about their accents?

I'm confuzzed...
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Old 05-21-2000, 07:56 PM
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i just caught that too.. atlas does show a Springfield, Ky.. I guess that solves a mystery.
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Old 05-21-2000, 07:59 PM
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They hint a different state on about half the shows.
The joke is that Springfield was picked because it's one of the most common names, besides various presidents that seem to be everywhere.
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Old 05-21-2000, 08:28 PM
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They're not from any state. It was only a teaser. BTW, that was the worst Simpson's episode I've ever seen. Never felt let down by them until tonight.
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Old 05-21-2000, 09:14 PM
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Right Ron. I guess you watch the show for the plithy political debates. That was the funniest Simpsons in a loooong time. Nice to see they can still do it when they try.
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Shows like the one tonight are never canon. They put in things like that each "special" just to jerk your chain, like how the supermarket scanner that Maggie is run across really reads "NRA4EVER".
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Old 05-21-2000, 09:34 PM
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Um HELLO!!! some of us on the west coast have not seen it yet! ah duh.
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Old 05-21-2000, 09:38 PM
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B_Line-The butler did it.
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Old 05-21-2000, 09:44 PM
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I dunno, I was slightly worried by that episode. Sure it was funny and all, but the revelation of Northern Kentucky combined with the final bit in the studio was a bit unsettling.
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Old 05-21-2000, 09:45 PM
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Sorry B_Line... I offer you this here gold medallion, along with my apology.
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Old 05-21-2000, 10:13 PM
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BTW, that was the worst Simpson's episode I've ever seen. Never felt let down by them until tonight.
I see these words, and I hear Comic Book Guy talking.

"Worst episode ever"
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Old 05-21-2000, 10:30 PM
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Yeah, but Ronnie's never been one for intelligent ideas.

Anyway, that one was great.

Final bit about the studio? I must have missed that. What was it?

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Old 05-21-2000, 10:46 PM
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Woo-hoo! Kentucky, baby! Fast horses, bourbon whiskey, Ashley Judd, teenage pregnancy--and now the Simpsons! We rock!

I was going to ask about this--I thought they might have put in a different line for each state. But no--Kentucky it is! Woo-hoo!

(Sorry if I'm taking this a little bit seriously, but we don't get to gloat about much outside the occasional NCAA Tournament victory. Let me have my moment.)

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Old 05-22-2000, 02:36 AM
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i thought it was a great episode.. they made fun of some new stuff.. well done i think!

best one this season was the one where homer becomes a missionary i think, what about you?
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Old 05-22-2000, 09:19 AM
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I hadn't realized that Homer (the actor played by Homer Simpson) had to go through all of that physical therapy because of the demanding physical gags he does.

rubes

ps: I did get suckered into the pre breaks with "Coming up, we'll see the dark side" and then Homer says, "Let me make this clear, I thought that cop was a prostitute" I really thought that was where the show would pick up after the break. I've been too conditioned by those scandal shows and where are they now.
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Old 05-22-2000, 09:39 AM
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Huh?

I don't remember them mentioning northern Kentucky.
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Old 05-22-2000, 10:18 AM
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Dammit, now I have to deal with the both redneck 'Tuckers driving their four-wheelers on I-75 and them Simpson folk. Sounds like trouble be a brewin if ya ask me.

Of course, if you take "Northern Kentucky" to be the northernmost part of kentuckey, then I'm probably the closest doper to the action, since I live in Cincinnati and all...

BTW "I live by Homer, and you Don't" t-shirts are now on sale, only $25 a pop.
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Old 05-22-2000, 10:28 AM
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Huh?

I don't remember them mentioning northern Kentucky.
Right near the end the narrator says:
"...and now the future looks brighter than ever for this Northern Kentucky family."
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Old 05-22-2000, 12:16 PM
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Homer! Long time no see. How are the implants working out for you, buddy? And I've noticed the mean streak you're so famous for has waned. Prozac?

P.S. Still the worst episode made in a long time, IMHO. But hey, the best show ever made still has to have a worst episode.
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Old 05-22-2000, 12:42 PM
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A quick Mapquest search confirmed what I thought, upon reflection, was the case: there is a Springfield, KY, but it is not in Northern KY at all, but in dead-central Kentucky. (It's between Bardstown and Danville, in case you're curious.)

Northern Kentucky is a pretty well-defined region--make a Kentucky shape with your hand, and your thumb is Northern Kentucky. It is basically Covington (the south side of Cincinnati--that's why the airport code is CVG) and a whole slew of suburbs. Those of us from the backwoods of Kentucky like to call it "Southern Ohio", in much the same way we refer to "Louisville, Indiana".

Given that there's no Springfield there, I wonder how they pulled Northern Kentucky out of their ass.

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Old 05-22-2000, 12:46 PM
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I mentioned the Kentucky theory in another thread once. Kentucky is the only state which has a Springfield and a Shelbyville in reasonably close geographic proximity. The writers probably noticed this, too, and were just having a little fun with it.
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Old 05-22-2000, 01:00 PM
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It was only a teaser. BTW, that was the worst Simpson's episode I've ever seen.
Come on! "Rappin' Jimmy Carter?" ("Got a brother named Billy, my teeth look silly!") ??? Even my HUSBAND was rolling at that one!

You didn't notice they were all wearing Partrige Family outfits at the fair? Oh, man. That is rich.

(I personally almost lost it when they showed that "clip" of the beautiful, BEAUTIFUL plastic bag, a la American Beauty.)
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Old 05-22-2000, 02:39 PM
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Yes, I will concede that it had it's funny moments. Every episode is brilliantly written. That show has to be the best written program in television history. But I thought last nights show demonstrated that the writer's are starting to run out of material. So shot me.
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Old 05-22-2000, 02:54 PM
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Running out of material? Nahh... not after Lenny and Carl's "interracial homoeroticism".

Haha.
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And right down the road from Shelbyville, Kentucky is....wait for it.....



SIMPSONVILLE!!!
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Old 05-22-2000, 04:06 PM
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Ronnie - Did I ever tell you where your name actually came from? E-mail me for details.

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Old 05-22-2000, 04:19 PM
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High-five to everything DoctorJ said. I'm from Danville.
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Old 05-22-2000, 04:49 PM
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Homer: You used the name once in a thread you started about someone using your identity. You said a cop that pulled you over said some guy named Ronald Barnhardt was the culprit.

Prior to that, you started a thread in The Pit and you went on a rant that was full of racist remarks. I (Therealbubba) and several others called you on it. We exchanged terms of endearment several times. It was classic Pit.

I changed my ISP and puter, and was unable to retrieve my password. I had to create a new screen name, I was angry with you, and Ronald Barnhardt was the name I picked.

That was six months ago. You're really not a bad kid at all, and your posts are fun to read. If my handle is bothering you, and the admin's will allow it, I'd be happy to change it.

If you'd rather go on slinging mud at each other, that's OK too.

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Old 05-24-2000, 11:22 PM
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Final bit about the studio? I must have missed that. What was it?

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Homer was watching an animator working on an "upcoming" episode, and says to the animator something like, "Don't worry. This will be the last season," implying that the animator was sick of drawing badly written cartoons.
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The producers are messing with our minds...

When the season-ending Simpsons episode was rerun on July 12th, the closing line about "this northern Kentucky family" was changed to "this <i>southern Missouri</i> family".
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Old 07-13-2000, 09:13 PM
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Perhaps they have a bit about all 50 states, to be used randomly and interchangably during reruns.

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Old 07-13-2000, 10:14 PM
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If you watch the credits for that show, there a producer named "Weernot F. Romkyormo" = "We're not from KY or MO." Kentucky or Missouri, that is.
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Old 07-13-2000, 10:47 PM
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You people have way too much of an affinity for The Simpsons. Then again, so do I. Anyway, I lived in SEMO (Southeast Missouri) for seven years, so I'd be somewhat pleased if the little yellow freaks were from Southern Missouri. It would actually explain a lot. Not much chance of that, thanks to good old Weernot. BTW, has anyone else seen a cartoon so self-depreciating and self-conscious when making references to itself or cartoons in general? The Itchy and Scratchy Show is a long-running gag aimed straight at where The Simpsons got its start, on some defunct variety show. And whenever they are self-referential, they make some interesting gags that show off just how stupid the idea of a cartoon being self-referential actually is. At least that's my impression.
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No way they are from Kentucky. They are from middle America.

They're not Southerners, they're not New Englanders, NY'ers, Californians, Texans, from the Rockies, Scandinavians from MN, from ND, SD, MT any of those places, not from Florida, NB, NM. That leaves middle America, where they are supposed to be from.
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