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10 Facts About The Simpson’s You Never Knew



Running since 1989, The Simpsons is the longest running prime-time American TV series. And it’s epicness has only seem to be increasing over the years. Here are a few facts that you probably didn’t know about the popular animated show.

Matt Groening’s Family

The adored Simpsons family is actually based on Matt Groening’s own family. Wondering where Matt fits into this picture?  He’s Bart Simpson.





Probably the most pointless translation ever, Homer Simpson’s catchphrase is said and read as T’oh! In the French version.  Also, D’oh! Has never been scripted, but it’s defined even by the Oxford dictionary.




Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten

The lovable nerd, with the eternal hots for Lisa, has quite a few political undertones to him.  His middle name’s shared with the founder of fascism and his first name is shared with the middle name of the only American president to be forced to resign (read: Nixon). Coincidence, much?





Guess what? The Simpsons also has an Arabic version called Al-Shamshooms. With a great number of modifications, which included, Homer, Marge and Bart being named Omar, Mona and Badr, replacing the church with a mosque and deleting all instances of alcohol and pork, 52 episodes were adapted. But, the show didn’t fare anywhere near as well as its American counterpart and had to be plugged after only 34 episodes.




Five Fingers

Ever noticed the characters’ hands? No one in the entire show (including all the over 600 celebrity cast members) has more than four fingers. Except God. That’s right, only God is shown to have five fingers in the whole show in all its years of running.





So, Maggie is apparently voiced by…Matt Groening.  Just about anyone willing to lend Maggie her voice has done so, adding to the babbling and gurgling. This list includes Elizabeth Taylor and Jodie Foster. But, the most surprising addition to this motley crew has to be Matt Groening himself, who is responsible for the ever-present pacifier sucking. Now, that didn’t sound quite so right.




The Couch Gag

The infamous couch gag, present in the opening roll of every episode is actually a very clever tool used by the makers of the show to shorten or lengthen the show.




Bartholomew Jojo Simpson

Yep, that’s Bart’s complete name. Also, apparently, Bart is an anagram for ‘Brat’. Pretty apt. Can’t say the same for his full name though.




Is Barney Nelson’s Dad?

With the same kind of clothes, the common messy brown hair and that signature slouch, fans have often drawn parallels between drunken Barney and bully Nelson. Sadly, all those theories can be put to rest because Nelson’s dad was featured later in the show and just seems like an older version of his son.




Most Influential Person of the Century

Bart Simpson (yes, the same) was included in Time’s Most Influential Person of the Century.  Defending their decision, Time said, “What Bart, or really the Simpsons, have done is merge social satire with popular animation in a way that hasn’t really been done before.” We couldn’t agree more.




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Game of Thrones: 10 Facts You Never Knew


It’s Game of Thrones trivia time! I admit, most of you die-hard GoT fans out there probably know it all. But, for the rest of you, here are some facts you probably didn’t know about-




The Iron Throne

The throne upon which the King of the Andals and the First Men sits took prop maker Gavin Jones a substantial  2 months to construct. It is eight feet tall and made up of hundreds of heated swords placed on a wooden frame. And psst, for all you LOTR fans out there, out of the many swords that make up the throne, one of them is Gandalf’s sword, Glamdring.





Talisa Maegyr

The healer from the Free City of Volantis, who later weds King Robb Stark, was created especially for the show and did not feature anywhere in the books.  What’s interesting to note is that Talisa Maegyr was played by Oona Chaplin, the grand-daughter of the legendary Charlie Chaplin.




George R R Martin

George R R Martin has long said that he knows how the story will end. In fact, he has confided the ends of all the characters to the producers of the show, in case the inevitable happens and he isn’t there to finish writing the series.  Also, he has a backup ending prepared in case the timeline goes sloppy and the TV series goes ahead of the still largely-incomplete book.





So, Hodor, is a pretty well-know Irish DJ.  For realsies.  He’s even got a website.  Check it out-




Hermione’s Mom

Wrong list? Not quite.  Michelle Fairley, who plays the character of Lady Catelyn Stark also played the role of Hermione Granger’s muggle mother in the first installment of The Deathly Hallows.





So, here’s an awkward little tidbit of information. Sibel Kekilli, who plays the role of Shae, is a German actress and a former pornstar, under the name of Dilara. I’ll let you google this one out on your own.




Jojen Reed

Jojen Reed, the weird kid who knows Bran better than Bran himself is actually, no kid at all. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen) is actually twenty-three years old. Twenty three. In the books, Reed is a thirteen year old boy. That’s a whopping ten years. What blows my mind is that Thomas doesn’t look a day above twelve.




Viserys Targaryen

This one kind of tops even the whole Talisa-Chaplin connect.  Harold Lloyd, who plays the evil Targaryen brother is actually Charles Dicken’s great great grandson. We’ve got lots of famous blood coursing through the GoT cast, don’t we?




The Dothraki Language

Dothraki is a real constructed language that was developed by the Language Creation Society. It has a complex grammatical structure and an ever-increasing vocabulary, which currently stands at 3000 words. Also, it has an avid fan-base, filled with people wanting to learn how to speak the language. If you’re one of them, you should definitely check out-




Live, Dirty and Dangerous

So, maybe Game of Thrones isn’t risqué and racy enough for you. Well, you should definitely try its burlesque version. That’s right. GoT has a burlesque edition called, ‘Live, Dirty and Dangerous’ presented by the award-winning troupe, Tourettes Without Regrets.




Don’t forget to catch the next episode, First of His Name, airing on May 4.


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TV’s 8 Best Villains: You’ll Be Surprised!

8. Dark Willow, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer

Played by Alyson Hannigan, Dark Willow was the name given to the evil alter-ego of Willow Rosenberg following the death of her lover Tara. She got addicted to powerful and dangerous magic, which ultimately caused her to lose her sanity and become a major antagonist in the series, as she sought vengeance against the “Trio”, whom she held responsible for Tara’s death. Driven by grief and revenge, Dark Willow was a deadly killing witch, and didn’t stand back for anybody.




7. Mr. Burns, The Simpsons

Yes, an animated character can be a villain (and a really bangin’ one at it). Charles Montgomery “Monty” Burns is the main antagonist in The Simpsons, who is voiced by Harry Shearer and previously, Christopher Collins. Many viewers of the show disagree with Mr. Burns being a villain. But, he maims people with dogs for fun, has a henchman, runs the world’s most unsafe nuclear power plant (and puts Homer Simpson in charge of its safety), tries to drown a ten-year old, et cetera et cetera.Sounds super-are-you-frggin’-serious-villainy enough for me.




6. The Master, Doctor Who

“Siding with the Doctor… is a very dangerous thing to do.”

The Master is a recurring antagonist in the British series, Doctor Who. The rebellious time-lord was first played by Roger Delgado, in 1971. With amazing intelligence, he is considered an intellectual equal to the Doctor, but is the moral opposite of him. While the Doctor wants to explore the Galaxy, the Master wants to conquer it. Never a one with pure intentions, he is the definition of a super-villain.




5. JoffreyBaratheon, Game of Thrones

The nasty boy king’s name is enough to send fiery hatred coursing through every GoT fan out there.  He was an untrustworthy, rash, spoiled, impetuous, arrogant, sadistic, vicious coward. Oh, and to top it off, he held the most powerful position in all of the seven kingdoms. I bet everyone’s got a colourful roll of curse words set aside just for him.[Spoiler alert] Thankfully, they killed him off in the fourth season. JoffreyBaratheon, played by Jack Gleeson, is a villain who isn’t worthy enough to even be on this list. But hey, I needed to vent.




4. T-Bag, Prison Break

Probably one of the most heinous villains on this list (and this list includes GoT, so that’s saying something), Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell is Prison Break’s most deplorable villain. Played by Robert Knepper, T-Bag was sent to Fox River after being convicted on charges of rape, kidnapping, assault and attempted murder.  As if all of that wasn’t enough, he’s the leader of a white supremacist movement and may also be a pedophile.  He survives prison through a combination of cunning and sycophancy.  And I’m not exaggerating when I say that the hate you feel for T-Bag is visceral.




3. Cersei Lannister Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Cersei, the ex-queen regent is actually much more evil than her spoiled son. She would do anything, anything to keep the power of the seven kingdoms at the helm of the Lannister family. She got Ned Stark arrested, and even the King’s hand before him met a similar, if not worse, fate. Anyone who finds out about her incest stories gets greeted by an assassin sooner or later. Played by Lena Headey, whom we also saw as the wonderful queen in the movie 300, Cersei is number one on my “should be killed next” list in Game of Thrones right now.




2. Gus Fring, Breaking Bad

What started as a lucrative business deal, ended up being one of the most hideous enmities between good old Walter White and Gus “The Chicken Man” Fring.  His very presence on screen was always a little scary and when he loses his face, oh good lord, the goosebumps.  It’s like the Ghostrider made his way into the sunny New Mexico town. Giancarlo Esposito did an excellent job with his character and is definitely one of the most remembered villains of recent times.
Fun fact – The producers of Breaking Bad took help from the crew of The Walking Dead to design Gus’ skeleton face.




1. Jim Moriarty, Sherlock (BBC)

Isn’t this one just obvious? Played by the talented Andrew Scott, Moriarty made his entry in the final episode of the first season disguised as the timid boyfriend of Molly Hooper, even though all the mysteries in the season had him at the center of things – as a sponsor, an informant, or a mastermind. But he’s grown pretty evil since then as we all have seen. Touted as the evil counterpart of Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty is probably the one TV villain you wouldn’t mind as a role model (no, don’t do that). Ever since his “did you miss me?” , aren’t we all just waiting for Season 4 now?




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You Know You’re a Potterhead When…



1. You turn to Page number 394 on books

Admit it. We’ve all done this. We’ve also tried to say ‘Turn to page 394’ in that sexy Alan Rickman voice, but failed. Quite miserably, I might add. All my Alan Rickman fangirls say heyy!


2. When you get married, you want to say ‘always’ instead of ‘I do’

And while we’re at it, why not go for a full-blown Harry Potter themed wedding? A Snitch shaped wedding cake, everyone in robes, wedding cards with the Hogwarts seal, wine in bottles marked Felix Felicis. You know, the works. Talk about being so totally wizard.



3. You tried calling 62442 to see what happens

62442. The number that Arthur Weasley rang to reach The Ministry of Magic. When typed into a cell phone with predictive text, it spells out ‘Magic’.  62442 is more than a number to you, it’s magic!


4. Every sparkler on Diwali is a wand

While the other kids in the block waved around their phuljhaddis spelling out their names in the smoke-filled air, you flicked and swished your one muttering ‘Accio!’ and ‘Wingardium Leviosa!’, baffling your parents and all the muggles around you.


5. You know more about Quidditch than Football

Rooney? Messi? Renaldo? Who are you even talking about? Ask me about Viktor Krum, Gwenog Jones or Clara Ivanova . From the hoops on either side of the Quidditch field to the playing team’s colours, you know it all. Muggle world sports? Meh.


6. The pattern to unlock your phone is a firebolt

So, I guess I need to change my phone’s lock after this article is out . We’ve all had this at one point of time. While we’re at it, the number 62442 also figures in the list of passwords and also, ‘Nitwit!’, ‘Blubber!’, ‘Oddment!’ and ‘Tweak!’.  Or maybe it’s just me. *shrugs*


7. You waited for your Hogwarts acceptance letter

You turned 11 and you wanted nothing more than an owl swooping into your home, carrying that letter with the Hogwarts seal. You wanted it more than the latest bicycle or even the new Xbox that had recently hit the markets.  Disappointment followed. But hey, we’ve all gone through it.


8. Ugly rats remind you of Peter Pettigrew

Thankfully, none of them turn into a fully-grown man on a mission to help the greatest evil wizard of all time to come back to power. The rats seem a whole lot cuter now, don’t they?


9. You compare teachers you don’t like to Dolores Umbridge

And I bet none of them come even close. From her toad-like face to her fluffy pink cardigans to her penchant for cruel punishments, Umbridge is probably one of the most hated characters in the history of literature.  And you couldn’t just help loving the centaurs by the end of book five.



10. You hope to find someone as crazy about HP as you are

And when you do, you wish to spend all of eternity with them.



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