The Simpsons, it’s the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program. It’s considered a classic and the reruns are still as entertaining to watch. Time magazine even named it the 20th century’s best television series. It’s no longer an ordinary animated program but it’s already part of the American culture. Don’t you agree?
It’s not a kid friendly animated show but it surpassed generations and have entertained millions of people around the globe. The show has also bagged dozens of awards despite its format and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite the recognition, The Simpsons have also had its share of controversies. Some of its characters were characterized as a bad role model for children and some of its episodes were just too violent and controversial. It’s even banned in some countries. But despite the setbacks, the series has been renewed several times and the movie released grossed over $527 million. But more than just entertaining its audience, The Simpsons have been creating parodies of iconic historical moments. Some of the scenes may be funny but little did we know that they were parodies. Don’t believe me? Check these out.
Have you guessed it yet? It’s the Woodstock Festival.
The festival was considered an iconic and historical moment during its time, especially for the music industry. It was attended by over half a million people yet there was no recorded violence during the 3-day event. Big music celebrities joined and played for free. The photo was taken by Burke Uzzle and was spoofed by The Simpsons.
11. Pedestrian Crossing
Homer’s holding an album that looks like The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” The album’s cover featured the four band members walking across a pedestrian lane outside Abbey Road Studios and has become one of the most famous and imitated images in the history of recorded music.
The recording for the album was the last in which all four Beatles participated. The phrase ‘Bigger than Jesus’ was a twist to the controversial statement made by John Lennon where he said, we are “More popular than Jesus.” Guess the fame went inside his head far too much.
10. Lunch With A View?
Remember the famous scene where the Simpsons family are having lunch sitting on a girder high above the city?
It was inspired by the iconic 1932 photograph “Lunch atop a Skyscraper.” The image shows construction workers lunching on the 69th floor of the former RCA building in Manhattan which is now 30 Rockefeller Plaza. According to archivists, the photo was in fact prearranged.Although the photo shows real ironworkers, it is believed that the moment was staged by Rockefeller Center to promote its new skyscraper.
9. The Loch ness Monster
Here’s a still from an episode of The Simpsons. The photo looks like the photo taken of Nessie the Loch Ness monster. It is the first known photograph of Nessie, taken by Hugh Gray in 1933.
Nessie is the aquatic being which is said to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere and is often described as being large in size, with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water.
The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a being from folklore without biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxes, wishful thinking, and the misidentification of mundane objects.
8. Taking Oath
Lisa happily takes oath after winning the Little Miss Springfield contest. She came in second but suddenly comes first in a flash. The real event was actually President Johnson taking an oath.
When Lisa was announced as Little Miss Springfield, Marge is standing beside Lisa with a dreary look on her face. This was in reference to Jacqueline Kennedy standing beside Lyndon B. Johnson on Air Force One during the emergency inauguration of 1963, immediately following the assassination of President Kennedy.
7. Pin-Up Girl
We all know how bratty Bart is. He probably gets it from his father. Like they say, “an apple does not fall far from a tree.” We don’t know what Bart was thinking wearing those heels. It will definitely look better if Lisa would wear it. But as the intellectual type, it’s far from her personality.
Maybe Bart was just goofing around. But it sure does look like he’s imitating an iconic pose by American actress, dancer, singer and self-proclaimed “number one pin-up girl” Betty Grable, from 1943, only he’s a boy.
6. Pole Planting
Here are Bart and his gang wearing an army combat uniform struggling to plant a long pole on the beach.
The real photograph was called the battle of Iwo Jima. It was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. In the original scene, there were six U.S. marines and one corpsman raising the American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. Half of the six men in this iconic photo were later killed in the battle.
5. Vietnam War
In this episode, the entire town of Springfield got in line to board a helicopter. The people in line seemed to be too much for the lone helicopter waiting atop. It looked like a scene of the end of the world.
The real event was the evacuation of American civilians and Vietnamese during the Fall of Saigon in 1975. The fall of Saigon (now Ho Chin Minh City) effectively marked the end of the Vietnam War. The people are desperately trying to get a seat on one of the last American helicopters shuttling between Saigon rooftops and US navy ships off the coast of Vietnam before the arrival of the communist North-Vietnamese troops. The ladder leading up to the roof already had more people on it that can fit on the helicopter. The saddest day.
4. The Falling Soldier
Who’s this soldier? Nobody likes war and to even see an actual person dying is even more gruesome. This famous scene is titled The Falling Soldier.
The is a photograph by Robert Capa who claimed to have been taken on September 1936. It was said to depict the death of an Iberian Federation of Libertarian Youth (FIJL) soldier, during the Spanish Civil War. The soldier in the photograph was later claimed to be the anarchist militiaman Federico Borrell García.
The Falling Soldier appears to capture a soldier at the very moment of death. The soldier is shown collapsing backward after being fatally shot in the head, with his rifle slipping out of his right hand. The pictured soldier is dressed in civilian clothing but is wearing a leather cartridge belt. After its publication, the photograph was acclaimed as one of the greatest ever taken, but there have been doubts about its authenticity. Nevertheless, it became an iconic scene.
3. German Airship
Thought this was just a random scene? This image was actually inspired by the Hindenburg disaster that occurred on May 1937.
The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock at the Naval Air Station Lakehurst in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States. Of the 97 people on board, there were 35 fatalities. One worker on the ground was also killed, making a total of 36 fatalities. The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel media. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the sudden end of the airship era.
2. Assassination of an assassin
Itchy and scratchy even borrowed some ideas from history. If you didn’t know the man on the photo was Lee Harvey Oswald, the American sniper who assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 1963 according to five U.S. government investigations.
Oswald shot and killed Kennedy as he traveled by motorcade through Dealey Plaza in the city of Dallas, Texas. He was a former U.S. Marine who turned to the Soviet Union in October 1959.
After Kennedy’s assassination, he was initially arrested for the murder of a police who was killed on a Dallas street about 45 minutes after Kennedy was shot. He was then charged with the murder of Kennedy; he denied shooting anybody, saying that he was a scapegoat. Two days later, while being transferred from the city jail to the county jail, he was shot and mortally wounded by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby in full view of television cameras broadcasting live.
1. The Big News
There was an episode where Martin was announcing the big news. Its real inspiration was the United States presidential election of 1948.
The inspiration for this image of President Truman holding a Chicago Tribune with an incorrect banner headline that reads “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN”. President Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. Truman’s victory is considered to be one of the greatest election upsets in American history.
Who knew that you were actually learning history all this time and you weren’t even aware of it. The Simpsons may seem to be full of nonsense but there are actually some hidden truths in the show. Now you will never watch The Simpsons the same again. Watch out for the other hidden ‘truths’ in their episode and you’ll definitely be shocked.