It’s National Donut Day in Springfield

I’d sell my soul for a donut, wouldn’t you? Here’s a fun fact: In case you haven’t noticed yet, this blog is titled The Gold Donut. Therefore, I’m sort of obligated to write this post upon principle.

Today is National Donut Day. June is already one of my favorite months because it contains my birthday, the start of summer and my college graduation in about nine days. It’s also my favorite because I happen to really freaking love donuts.

In my spare time, I’m a hybrid foodie. While I am a vegetarian and I’m not big on trying all exotic foods, I love to eat. I especially love to eat treats, desserts and anything rich with goodness.

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If we were allowed yearbook quotes at my high school, this would have been it.

In the Simpsons universe, every day is National Donut Day. I mean literally in that one Treehouse of Horror episode it was raining donuts.

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“It’s raining again.”

In the mobile gaming verse, The Simpsons Tapped Out players were treated with the best gift of all today: Ten free premium donuts and sweet deals for purchasing them.

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Mmm, digital money traps

Plus, they also threw in some special edition donut themed buildings.

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Mmm, Donut Boat

So before the clock strikes midnight tonight and your carriage changes into a moldy donut, make sure to treat yourself to one of man’s finest creations.

(GIFs and video are NOT my own, screenshots taken from my Origins account)

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Me Fail English, Me Pass Grad Cap Decorating

I graduate this little thing called college on Sunday. Naturally decorating my graduation cap is a big part of that. Since The Simpsons is also a big part of my life, it seemed to be perfect sense to mesh the two into zany perfection.

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Me spell unpossible wrong

In case you were wondering, we have Ralph Wiggum to thank for this iconic quote.

Worst Graduation Ever.

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Just Kidding.

Funny man and The Simpsons’s voice acting legend Hank Azaria blessed the 2016 graduating class of Boston’s Tufts University with his commencement speech—and it was definitely the best. speech. ever.

A 1985 alumni of the university. Azaria gave his speech in the voices of iconic characters: Chief Wiggum, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Comic Book Guy. As a graduating college senior, this moment is definitely dreams and goals.

Catch the speech here:

Did The Simpsons Predict the Future?

It’s an age-old question you’re all dying to know the answer to, I know. But in the year of 2016, it can be a whole lot of fun to look back on our favorite dysfunctional family and the cultural impact The Simpsons have had on our society as a whole.

With Donald Trump’s bizarre—or not so bizarre if you’ve ever seen a minute of FOX News—take over of an entire political party, republicans have been in sort of a tizzy over the fact that Trump is inches away from snagging the party’s nomination for president. With this fact in mind, Internet goers, conspiracy theorists and plain old Simpsons nerds like myself rushed to somehow relate the series to this year’s election.

Case in point? This moment from the year 2000 when Lisa Simpson makes an offhand remark about the debt incurred from a Trump presidency in the episode “Bart to the Future” from the show’s eleventh season. Granted this isn’t a moment from the golden age of the series, but season 11 is only one season after season 10, and it is pretty humorous to look back on now, or scary, depending on your point of view.

So that brings me to the actual point of this post: have The Simpsons actually predicted the future? Or has everything just been coincidental?

Here’s a hot take, or not so hot because I’m not an expert here. I’m just some schmo with a blog, so don’t sue me, but I’d argue the answer to both of those questions is a big, fat no. The Simpsons have not predicted the future, nor has everything just been a coincidence. Instead, the show’s cultural impact has been so immense that it has influenced the future.

The Simpsons first aired in 1989. Two years prior, they aired on the Tracey Ullman Show as a weekly cartoon skit. The rest is history; a history that includes a legacy of t-shirts, CDs, board games, video games, candy, toys and endless other forms of merchandise.

I find myself daily, and multiple times daily, quoting The Simpsons and relating my experiences to those of the character. If the rest of the world is anything like me, they’re probably doing the same thing—but to a lesser degree because I’m kind of weird. Remember to keep this thought in mind when the show seems to magically manifest itself in today’s reality.

In 2013, Buzzfeed Writer Jen Lewis detailed “21 Times The Simpsons Bizarrely Predicted the Future.” Some of these instances, such as the invention of Apple’s Siri and the tragic mauling of Roy Horn from the Las Vegas act “Siegfried and Roy” by one of their prized white tigers, are convincing evidence for the psychic ability of Simpsons’ writers, but hamburger earmuffs and a chocolate theme park? These simply could have been inspired by The Simpsons, or maybe some of these hilarious gags were just subconsciously ingrained in these inventors and entrepreneurs minds.

Whatever the case may be, we can’t claim The Simpsons have predicted the future, but they sure as hell have influenced the shape of it.

 

Marge Simpson: an Ode to our Moms

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Bart and Lisa love their mom and you should too

Remember how today’s young women are pretty much Lisa Simpson? Well, Marge Simpson is definitely our mom. That’s not to say all of our mothers are blue haired homemakers living in a constant state of nagging:


Instead, on The Simpsons Marge embodies a woman filled with a kind heart, supportive nature and beautifully strong spirit: that’s what the 1990s mom was all about. As Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and as I personally can’t believe it’s already May, let’s take a moment to reflect on America’s favorite animated mother.

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Marge and her special little guy

Mrs. Simpson is a stellar mom and always reminds me of my own. While she’s a voice of concern and reason, she also supports her children in every aspect of their lives—silly antics, hijinks and all. Momma Marge is a pillar of unconditional love to her three children Bart, Lisa and Maggie. My mom has always been a pillar of love to my sister and me.

So this Mother’s Day, hug your mom, tell her you love her and indulge in a few Marge-centric episodes with the woman who has given everything for you to have the best.

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Simply iconic

Purple Rain: Legends Live in The Simpsons

Prince’s “When Doves Cry” released on the 1984 album Purple Rain. Sometime in the 1990s, Simpsons’ writers decided to reference the hit song in an episode of The Simpsons.

When Doves Cry from Milhouse Van Houten on Vimeo.

This golden moment, from the episode titled “Lemon of Troy” during the sixth season, highlights the hit song in this tongue-in-cheek moment. Milhouse Vanhouten meets that other long lost Milhouse from neighboring rival Shelbyville. Hijinks ensue and we never see this character again, but we do at least get this beautiful moment.

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Prince and Homer’s college roomates

Over the years, The Simpsons built a platform for the legends of the twentieth century to be further immortalized. With Prince Rogers Nelson passing at the age of 57-years-old, the pop-culture references of the iconic singer, actor and songwriter further lament his legacy.

The Simpsons helped supplement the star power of many actors, musicians and public figures from the twentieth century, which ultimately strengthened the show’s impact on Western culture.

Take a look at some of the most iconic star cameos from the golden age of The Simpsons!

Paul and Linda McCartney

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Vegetarian power

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Lisa Simpson had a pretty badass encounter with the McCartney’s on the roof of the Kwik-E-Mart in episode S07E05. It’s well known that Linda sadly passed away in 1998 at the age of 56. It was a huge loss for Paul and Wings’ fans around the world. This special moment shines with Linda’s spirit.

 

 

George Harrison

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Over there, there’s a big pile of ’em

Another Beatle connection taken too soon: Actual Beatle George Harrison. George died of cancer in 2001. Back in 1993, he had a brief cameo in the episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet.” This was back when Homer and the rest of the men of Springfield started their own barbershop quartet known as The Be Sharps—and were wildly successful. George’s appearance marked two well-known comedic line’s in the series “Oh my god, where did you get that brownie?” when Homer and George first meet and “It’s been done,” when George passes by the quartet and witnesses their Moe’s Tavern rooftop performance reminiscent of the Beatle’s “Let it Be.”

Michael Jackson

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Lisa it’s your birthday, happy birthday Lisa

In the episode “Stark Raving Dad,” Homer was committed to an insane asylum for wearing a pink shirt to the nuclear plant after Bart’s lucky red hat tainted a load of Homer’s white work shirts. His roommate in the funny farm, Leon, was none other than the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Interestingly enough, Michael was not given voice credit for the role, instead his character voice was listed under the pseudonym John Jay Smith on the episode’s credits.

The Ramones

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!)

“Go to hell you old bastard!” Why The Ramones were invited to Mr. Burns’ birthday party, I’ll never know, but they were and old man Burns was horrified by the founding fathers of punk rock. The voice lineup for this generation of the Ramones included Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Marky Ramone and Christopher Ward. Core members Joey and Johnny passed away in the early 2000s, but their legacy has yet to die in pop-culture.

 

 

 

 

The Simpsons Tapped Out is a Dream Come True

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We put the spring in Springfield

I started playing The Simpsons Tapped Out in late 2014. Little did I know at the time, but the mobile gaming application was about to take over my life, and in a good way. In fact, it’s a golden age Simpsons fan’s dream come true. How you ask? And aren’t mobile games notoriously lame money pits? Hold your greyhounds—I’m getting there!

The Simpsons Tapped out, developed by EA Games and FOX, is available as a free download in the Google Play Store for Androids and the App Store for iPhones. Money in the game is split between general currency represented as cash and premium currency represented as pink donuts—mmm donuts. While you always have the option to earn donuts or spend real cash to acquire them, you can still have a fantastic experience and earn really cool properties or characters in the storyline without spending a single donut.

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Make sure to visit the Museum of Swordfish
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Gym? What’s a gym?

 

So why exactly is this game amazing for us golden age fanatics? Simply put, we get to relive our favorite moments from the best episodes over and over again. And it’s pretty awesome sending characters like Monty Burns on ridiculous tasks or recreating iconic Springfield locations like Moe’s Tavern.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get tapping!

*All images are screenshots from my own account @mushyshellz*