Friday, January 18

The Simpsons Giveth, And The Simpsons Taketh Away

The most recent episode of the Simpsons -- the one in which the citizens of Springfield eschewed all of the mainstream candidates for president and selected Ralph Wiggum during their primary election -- featured a couch gag so magnificent, so stunning and so esoteric that it nearly made me weep.

The couch gag pictured the Simpsons and the Flanders as figures on the Bayeux Tapestry, centuries-old, 230-foot long embroidery that recounts the story of the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066.

I learned about the Bayeux Tapestry as a kid in history class in the UK, and saw its modern counterpart -- the Overland Tapestry -- in the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth. The original, or what's left of it, is under glass in a museum in France.

Here's the Simpsons' version:


Watching this confirms two things: I am a die-hard Simpsons fan, and I am a geek for history.

Alas, the Simpsons' writers had to malign my profession later in the episode. Thanks, Nelson.


I know the clips look the same -- the picture shows a Simpsonized version of Jon Stewart. Once you hit play, different videos will start playing. Enjoy.

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