Monday, July 9, 2012

Story Of The Day: Someplace Cooler

From The Onion.

Man Who Pulls Up With Music Pumping Probably Coming From Someplace Cooler

SAN JOSE, CA—According to sources stopped at the corner of Fourth and St. James Streets, the man driving the custom-painted 2002 Honda Civic with speakers blasting Sean Paul must be coming from someplace much, much cooler.

"My God, the racing decals, that chest-thumping bass, those sunglasses inverted so as to rest upon the back of his head. What kind of totally badass place did this guy just leave, and how do I get there myself?" said Dan Singleman, awestruck even to be in the presence of a man reclined so far back in the driver's seat.

"Just look at him. The fact that his rear window is tinted makes me wonder if there are additional cool people sitting in the back who do not wish to be seen by those who are less cool."

Judging by the burnout the man just performed, Singleman said he could only assume the driver must also be on his way to someplace very cool.

The Real-Life Inspirations For 17 Simpsons Characters

From Mental Floss and actor/comedian Eddie Deezen (Grease).


Mr. Burns, Homer’s boss, is the richest man in Springfield (or the world). Mr. Burns was based on Olav Thon, a Norwegian businessman who reputedly took over a couple of businesses in his town and shut them down. Also, Frederick Olsen, a reclusive millionaire, who owned several companies, including Timex, is mentioned as a Mr. Burns influence. And Matt Groening’s high school teacher, Mr. Bailey.


The original breakout star of the series, Bart’s name is an anagram of the word “brat.” Bart’s character was based on another very mischievous cartoon character, Dennis the Menace. Creator Matt Groening said he was “always disappointed” that the Dennis the Menace TV show character wasn’t as mischievous as the comic strip.


Gumble is Homer’s best pal and the town drunk. Barney was based on a character from The Jackie Gleason Show of the 1960s called Crazy Guggenheim (played by actor Frankie Fontaine). Crazy Guggenheim was a rum-soaked drunken character who would chat with Jackie in comedy skits. Jackie played the bartender, the straight man to Crazy.


Springfield’s resident mad scientist was originally scripted to be an evil scientist. But during his first reading of the character, actor Hank Azaria ad-libbed his impression of Jerry Lewis’ character in The Nutty Professor. Everyone loved Hank’s interpretation and his Nutty Professor slant on Frink stuck. (Jerry Lewis later guest starred on a Simpsons episode, playing Professor Frink’s father.)


Apu runs Springfield’s local Kwik-E Mart. This very ethnic character was based on Peter Seller’s character in one of his best films, The Party.


Otto Mann was based on Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist Slash. Both Otto and Slash have long black curly hair and both collect snakes.


Krusty the clown is Springfield’s TV star, a blasé, shlocky, Catskills-based comic. Krusty was based on a real-life clown named Rusty Nails, a semi-funny, semi-scary clown Matt Groening used to watch as a child. Krusty’s biography on the show was based on comedian Jackie Mason, a world-weary Jewish comedian whose father was an Orthodox rabbi.


The quintessential cheesy, grade B movie actor, Troy McClure is actually a combination of two grade B movie stars: Troy Donahue and Doug McClure. In real life, Doug McClure was not offended by the character, but flattered instead. His daughter often called him “Troy.”


Moe Szyslak, the very cranky local bartender and one of Homer’s trusted pals. Moe was based on the voice of acting great Al Pacino (Moe’s favorite film is The Godfather.) and possibly comedian Rich Hall, a friend of many Simpsons writers.

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Vids Of The Day: Why Beavis & Butthead Came Back

A clip (in two parts) with Mike Judge on Jimmy Kimmel Live talking about why B&B returned to TV, the inspiration for Beavis' laugh and Boomhauer's (King Of The Hill) voice, and which two A-list actors are huge B&B fans. Thanks, Josh Lewis, for the links.

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