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13 Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True

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One of the most iconic television shows of all time, as well as one of the most quoted properties in pop culture history, The Simpsons has made hundreds of jokes that we all know, remember and reference on a daily basis. Often times, these jokes revolve around extremely absurd concepts that could only happen in a cartoon or a satire -- according to the writers at the time. Sometimes, these jokes underestimate just how low humanity (and often, America) can go.

Here's a collection of hilarious Simpsons jokes that really ended up being true, happening or being repeated elsewhere.
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    There's Very Little Meat In These Gym Mats

    The Joke: As seen in the video above, Lunch Lady Doris is seen throwing gym mats into a meat grinder in order to prepare the school lunch for the day.

    Anyone who's ever had a public school lunch knows how completely inedible they can be, and some of the wet, warm, questionable objects on your styrofoam, sectioned-off tray do seem like they have hazardous chemicals as their base...but gym mats?

    That's unheard of, that would never happen, right?

    What Actually Happened:
    So it turns out that the bread used in the McDonald's McRib actually contains an ingredient (banned in some parts of Europe) that is used to keep gym mats sponge-y.

    Time Magazine's Healthland blog ran a story about the McRib and its ingredients. It identified Azodicarbonamide as one ingredient found in the sandwich's bun and apparently it is most commonly used in the manufacturing of foam gym mats and the soles of shoes.

    The blog also noted that the 70 ingredients of the McRib, including Azodicarbonamide, exist in very small quantities and will almost certainly leave anyone eating a McRib unharmed.

    Still, Azodicarbonamide is a substance banned in Europe and strictly regulated by the FDA.

    Looks like the Doris joke really wasn't that far off.

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    My Retirement Grease!!!!!

    The Joke:
    In the episode "In Lard Of The Dance" Homer discovers he can make money by stealing and reselling grease found in the back of Springfield Elementary's kitchen. They even build a contraption so that they can steal the maximum amount of grease in their car, like so...

    They eventually give up after a few encounters with Groundskeeper Willie and the Springfield Grease Company.

    Bart and Homer barely escape an angry, greased up Willie while trying to make it home-free with their glorious, profit-garnering grease in tow.

    What Actually Happened:
    In November of 2011 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that thieves had stolen at least $2,000 worth of grease from the privately-owned restaurant The St. Louis Wing Co. since April.

    "It's a big deal. There's a huge underground out there for this stuff," owner Bobby Thessler said. "Others have said that this is like the new copper... These thieves are getting more sophisticated...".

    When he called the police on these thieves, they spotted three teenagers taking grease from the back of Tessler's restaurant, as well as others on that same block.

    The man uses about 60 to 70 pounds of grease every week, so saving money by selling it has always been a way to help break even.

    A rendering company would have paid the owner of the company multiple thousands of dollars for used cooking grease.

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    The Joke:
    principal Skinner tries to set Bart up to get in trouble, so he concocts something called "Scotchtoberfest" which allows him to control an entire event where he knows Bart won't be able to resist pranking Groundskeeper Willie. Skinner attempts to catch Bart in act.

    Vintage Wine & Spirits Co. A wine, beer, spirits, cigar and wine accessory specialty shop located in West Des Moines, Iowa created a real Scotchtoberfest held every Saturday in October.

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    Flaming Moe

    The Joke:
    Homer tells the local tavern owner Moe about a secret cocktail that includes cough medicine and fire that he calls a "Flaming Homer".

    Moe steals the recipe and renames the drink the "Flaming Moe" and begins selling it at his tavern, betraying homer in the process. The drink is a success and Moe becomes famous, even Aerosmith drops by to perform at his place!

    What Actually Happened:
    A man who owns a bar in Prospect Heights bar called The Way Station (containing a replica of the giant blue TARDIS -- the time-and-space traveling machine from the BBC's Doctor Who television series) custom steampunk devices, Victorian décor and great cocktails.

    Owner/bartender Andy Heidel said somebody mentioned a Flaming Moe and he just happened to have a bottle of Robitussin behind the bar. Not sure why you would have cough medicine behind a bar, but whatever. So he mixed Pernod, Jagermeister, Robitussin, and a Bacardi 151 floater then set it on fire.

    Thus, we got the real Flaming Moe.

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    Stolen Sugar Truck

    The Joke:
    Lisa begins to feel threatened by Allison, a new student, because she is smarter, younger and a better saxophone player than she is.

    Their rivalry reaches a climax at the school's diorama contest where Lisa plans to sabotage Allison's entry. The episode's subplot sees Homer steal a large pile of sugar from a crashed truck, and begin selling it door-to-door. He keeps it in the back yard and it eventually melts due to rain.

    What Actually Happened:

    Someone actually stole a freaking sugar truck.

    In 2009 two kids were arrested by police in India for stealing a sugar truck from a person actually in charge of delivering the sugar. The kids were actually in charge of cleaning the truck and took it while it was parked at the cleaner/boss's house.

    No word on whether or not they planned to sell it door to door.


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