13 Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True TV Programs
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13 Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True

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.
The List
  1. 6

    I Was Elected To Lead Not To Read

    The Joke:
    This was a dig at Governor Schwarzenegger from The Simpson's Movie, saying he was too dumb to be a Government official.

    The line "I was elected to lead, not read," was such a ridiculous statement because an elected official's entire job is reading long, difficult legislation, making sense of it, then deliberating.

    What Actually Happened:
    In the 2012 GOP race there was a man by the name of Herman Cain, and he ran on the slogan "We need a leader, not a reader."

    So yeah, that almost happened.

    What does that slogan even mean? You need to read and be at least somewhat of an intellectual to run a country, that's why that joke in The Simpsons is so fun and why in the real world it's just so tragic.

  2. 7

    The Good Morning Burger

    The Joke:

    In the Simpsons, the Good Morning Burger was 18 ounces of sizzling ground beef soaked in rich creamery butter, topped off with bacon, ham, and a fried egg.

    This was before all fast food restaurants started carrying a regular menu of heart-attacks every morning before 10:30AM, so it really worked as a satire of how horrible fast food is for you.

    Before the "Baconator," a Sourdough Jack, or even a triple cheeseburger were as bad as things got.

    The Good Morning Burger seemed so ridiculous and far off that it could never really happen.


    What Actually Happened: This take on the Good Morning Burger is quite similar: hash browns, topped with a hamburger, topped with a fried egg. There are hash browns under a burger that's under a fried egg.

    Another good example of how far things have gotten in fast food are, of course, the KFC Double Down and their "failure bowls" (as comedian Patton Oswalt calls them in this bit).


  3. 8

    It Tastes Like Grandma!!

    The Joke:
    Inspired by a Zorro movie, Homer begins slapping people with a glove and challenging them to duels.

    When a real Southern gentleman accepts Homer's request for a duel, the Simpsons run off to the old farm Homer lived on with his parents and breed a dangerously addictive but successful tobacco/tomato hybrid called "tomacco."

    What Actually Happened:
    Homer’s "tomacco" plant became a reality when Rob Baur, a senior operations analyst at an Oregon sewage treatment plant, created it in his house.

    He grafted together a tobacco root with a tomato plant to create a real-life tomacco, without even enlisting the aid of radioactive material.

    To date, no nearby farm animals have gone berserk and articulated their tomacco desire through speech yet. YET.

  4. 9

    Itchy and Scratchy's Bloody Billboard

    The Joke:
    When The "Itchy and Scratchy Movie" premiered in The Simpsons, they advertised with a billboard that sprayed blood when Itchy hit Scratchy over the head with a sledgehammer, meant to poke fun at the overtness of not only violence in emerging popular media, but in even its advertising.

    What Actually Happened:
    New Zealand was super excited about the TV premier of Kill Bill, so they borrowed the idea from "The Simpsons" in a way that actually may have escaped the creators of the controversial Kill Bill billboard.

    In an homage to Kill Bill's gore, the billboard sprayed "blood" across the wall, street and cars.

    Just like the advertising for "The Itchy and Scratchy Movie."

  5. 10

    The Land Of Chocolate

    The Joke:
    The Land of Chocolate is a land imagined by Homer when German businessman bought the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and, during an interview, told Homer they came from "the Land of Chocolate," meaning Germany.

    In Homer's head, this land was made entirely of chocolate, including houses, streetlights, paths, and rivers. Even chocolate rabbits and dogs. And in a part called "Fudgetown," they even had chocolate fudge rains.

    What Actually Happened:
    Well, China has done it again. For the second year in a row, a theme park made entirely from chocolate will open its doors in Shanghai, according to CNNGo.

    The park used 80 tons of Belgian chocolate to create sculptures such as the Terracotta warriors and The Great Wall.

    The exhibit drew roughly a half a million visitors, according to CNNGo.

    This year, the park is moving to Shanghai's Himalayas Art Museum, and will feature 200 pieces of chocolate art. Chocolatiers will also be on hand to make everything from truffle chocolate to wine chocolate; visitors will also be able to create their own chocolate.

    I think if I were to actually visit this theme park, I would act exactly as Homer did in his dream. No word yet on the edible, sentient chocolate animals.

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