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wonders never cease Wednesday, February 15, 2012

matt groening, great american or greatest american?

What a week for Matt Groening! He turned 58 today. Yesterday, he received a star on Hollywood's walk of fame. He has spent all week promoting Sunday night's 500th episode of The Simpsons, America's longest running scripted TV show. The son of Homer and Margaret and big brother to Lisa and Maggie Groening deserves to kick back and take a deep breath this President's Day. With apologies to those of you who stream the play list as weekly background music, we opted to use this week's list to revisit highlights from the first 499 episodes. Thanks, Mr. Groening, and happy birthday. Here's to Episode 500, and to the next 500:

01. The Simpsons Theme
Homer: "When I held that gun in my hand, I felt a surge of power… like God must feel when he’s holding a gun."

02. When I Was 17
Ralph Wiggum: "Me fail English? That’s unpossible."

03. Lisa, It's Your Birthday
Homer: "Books are useless! I only ever read one book, To Kill A Mockingbird, and it gave me absolutely no insight on how to kill mockingbirds! Sure it taught me not to judge a man by the color of his skin…but what good does that do me?"

04. We Do (Stonecutter Song)
Ned Flanders: "I’ve done everything the Bible says — even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff!"

05. Yvan Eht Nioj (Join The Navy)
Homer: "Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals…except the weasel."

06. Union Strike Song
Homer: "You don’t like your job, you don’t strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way."

07. See My Vest
Mr. Burns: "I’ll keep it short and sweet — Family. Religion. Friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business."

08. Flaming Moe's
Homer: "To alcohol, the cause of — and solution to — all of life’s problems."

9. Monorail
Ed Begley Jr.: "I prefer a vehicle that doesn’t hurt Mother Earth. It’s a go-cart, powered by my own sense of self-satisfaction."

10. I'm Checkin' In
Homer: "Fame was like a drug. But what was even more like a drug were the drugs."

11. Do The Bartman
Homer: "How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?"

12. Talkin' Softball
Homer: "Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try."

13. Canyonero
Hank Williams Jr.: "12 yards long, 2 lanes wide, 65 tons of American Pride! Top of the line in utility sports, unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!"

14. Deep Deep Trouble
Homer: "I’m normally not a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me, Superman."

15. They'll Never Stop The Simpsons
Homer: "Kids, kids. I’m not going to die. That only happens to bad people."

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