Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True (Vol. 2)

This is a list of more Simpsons jokes that have come true in the real world. Is this life imitating art? Or is some sort of higher power  (be it spiritual or extraterrestrial) that's working through the pop culture juggernaut to give us some kind of grave warning about or future? Maybe. Or maybe those Harvard writers are just really smart and funny and have pretty good foresight as to how the world works.

Below are 10 jokes that have happened in the lives of Homer, Bart, Marge, Maggie, and Lisa that have seemed to cross over into today's world. Special guest appearances by Adam Sandler, Adam West, and a deformed three-eyed fish. Check out the first part of our Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True here.

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  • Movies Turned Into Broadway Musicals

    Movies Turned Into Broadway Musicals
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    The Joke: In the classic episode “A Fish Called Selma,” washed-up actor Troy McLure (the late, great Phil Hartman) finds a new spark in his career when he’s seen on a date with Marge’s sister Selma – helping to squash the rumors of his fish fetish. Troy finds new luck in the entertainment business and his first gig is the lead in “Stop The Planet of the Apes, I want to Get Off!” – a Broadway musical adaptation of Planet of the Apes (the movie, not the planet).

    What Actually Happened: Let’s face it, Theater is dead – well, at least mainstream theater, but that doesn’t mean Broadway does not know how to make a brand cash-in. Nowadays there have been plenty of movies that have been turned into stage musicals. Here are a few: Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Shrek, The Wedding Singer, Catch Me If You Can, Ghost, High Fidelity.

  • Rumors And Vitriol Spreading On The Internet

    Rumors And Vitriol Spreading On The Internet
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    The Joke: The episode “Radioactive Man” found Springfield’s most beloved comic character getting a big-budget Hollywood film. The lead role went to Arnold Schwarzenegger stand-in Rainier Wolfcastle, and his casting was made public by users on the Internet. The scene shows a person sitting under the table of a producer meeting and him sending out the information to hundreds of computer nerds (included guitar wizard, Prince). 

    What Actually Happened: It’s kind of amazing how early to mid-'90s Simpsons episodes had a pretty good foresight of what the internet was going to be used for – and keep in mind this was all through the dial-up age. Today we live in a world where a man tirelessly tracks down every lead he knows in order to find out who’s going to be playing Ant-Man.

    The Simpsons also gave the internet one of its most popular battle cries, “Worst. Episode. Ever.”, in the episode “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show.” The whole scene sums up the relationship between viewers vs. creators in the digital age long before the Internet is what it is now. In it, Comic Book Guy feels cheated by the addition of the terrible character Poochie and feels that the show’s creators “owe him.” To which Bart replies, “ What? They’ve given you thousands of hours of entertainment for free. What could they possibly owe you? I mean, if anything, you owe them.”

  • A Three-Eyed Fish

    A Three-Eyed Fish
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    The Joke: Blinky the three-eyed fish made his first appearance on The Simpsons back in 1990 in the season two episode "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish." In it, Bart catches a three-eyed fish in a river that runs downstream from the nuclear power plant. This prompts Mr. Burns to run for governor in order to save the plant. He loses the election by spitting out eating a cooked three-eyed fish. Ever since then Blinky has become the unspoken mascot for the show, appearing in several episodes in cameos, and appearing on a good chunk of Simpsons merchandise – he’s even appeared on Futurama.

    What Actually Happened: In real life, a three-eyed fish isn’t as cute as Blinky. Back in 2011 it was reported that fishermen in Córdoba, Argentina caught themselves a three-eyed wolf fish. The fish was actually caught in a reservoir that was fed by the local nuclear power plant. The fish was taken in for testing.

  • '90s Nostalgia

    '90s Nostalgia
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    The Joke: The season 19 episode “That '90s Show” has two missions on its mind. The first: to fix the timeline of The Simpsons. Bart’s still 10 years old, so to fix this Marge and Homer now have met and had Bart in the '90s. The second: to make jokes about the '90s. Though Simpsons purists tend not to like this episode (Homer as a lead in a Nirvana type grunge band, ugh), upon rewatching has its laughs and there’s a great joy in its nostalgia. The episode is full of references that include Sonic the Hedgehog, Melrose Place, Weird Al, Kurt Cobain, recumbent bikes, Friends, Seinfeld, and more.

    What Actually Happened: “That '90s Show” came out in January 27, 2008, when '80s nostalgia was all the craze. Years later, we couldn’t be wilder about the '90s. The Simpsons did it before it was cool.

  • The Comedic Side Of Adam West

    The Comedic Side Of Adam West
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    The Joke: In “Mr. Plow” Homer totals both of the Simpsons' cars. That leads to him taking Bart and Lisa to a car show where Homer ends up buying a plow and setting up a new business as “Mr. Plow.” While at the car show Homer brings Bart and Lisa over to the original 1960s Batmobile to meet the man who drove it, Adam West. At this time Tim Burton’s Batman was huge, so Bart and Lisa don’t Adam West, Robin, Eartha Kitt, or the batusi—and Adam West makes all three of them uncomfortable explaining it to them. Homer backs Bart and Lisa away slowly.

    What Actually Happened: The creators of The Simpsons were the first to understand the comedic possibilities of Adam West. This was a full seven years before Family Guy hit the airwaves and had Adam West playing a version of himself as the mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island. “Mr. Plow” was done in season four when a young Conan O’Brien was on the staff. O’Brien has an infamous fascination with West and 1960s Batman series, going as so far as calling it one of the best comedy series. In 1991 O’Brien and Robert Smigel actually made a comedy show around West called Lookwell about the misadventures of a washed-up actor who bothers the police. Sadly, the show never went to air.

  • The Plot Of 'Anger Management'

    The Plot Of 'Anger Management'
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    The Joke: In the episode “The Great Money Caper,” Homer and Bart become grifters as a means of fixing the damaged family car and to make a little money on that side. Eventually, the two get conned by another con man who ends up stealing their car. They first tell Marge that it was taken by a stranger, then that the culprit was Groundskeeper Willie. He's then found guilty in court and ends up shooting Principal Skinner. But fear not - this was all a trick to teach Bart and Homer a lesson.

    What Actually Happened: “The Great Money Caper” premiered on December 10, 2000. Adam Sandler’s Anger Management came out April 11, 2003. In it, Sandler plays a man who’s wrongfully sent into an anger management program lead by the manic Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicolson). Basically the film has the same ending as “The Great Money Caper” where we find out Nicolson puts Adam Sandler through the wringer so he will learn to be better to his girlfriend.