The Simpsons, arguably the most popular animated series of all time, has been running for a staggering 27-and-counting seasons, so it’s fair to say that Matt Groening’s iconic sitcom makes for some pretty fantastic trivia. There are a few obvious facts floating around which everybody knows by now, but today we bring you 10 lesser known facts which are sure to raise a few eyebrows and impress your friends. Whilst most agree that The Simpsons is not what it used to be, it still demands admiration for permeating popular culture in a way quite unlike any other TV show before or since.
10, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Patty Were Named After Groening’s Own Family
Whilst waiting in the lobby to pitch an animated version of his Life in Hell comic strip to James L. Brooks for The Tracey Ulman Show in the late 80s, Groening realized that this would require rescinding the publication rights for his life’s work. This saw him quickly formulate a new idea, which was that of a dysfunctional family. In a rush, he named the characters of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Patty after his own parents, sisters and aunt. Instead of using his name for the son, he used an anagram of the word “brat” – Bart. This family became known as The Simpsons, and they first appeared in a short on The Tracey Ulman Show on April the 19th, 1987. Many of the other characters that came to appear on The Simpsons were named after streets in Groening’s hometown of Portland, Oregon, including Flanders, Terwilliger, Lovejoy, and Quimby.http://www.playbuzz.com/anonymous21/which-of-the-simpsons-are-you Source: Playbuzz