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* Season 21's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E15StealingFirstBase Stealing First Base]]" with Superintendent Chalmers calling Principal Skinner the "[[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden Joe Biden]]" of Springfield. [[HilariousInHindsight 10 years and 8 months later]]...

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* Season 21's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E15StealingFirstBase Stealing First Base]]" with Superintendent Chalmers calling saying that Principal Skinner the "[[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden Joe Biden]]" of Springfield.is Springfield's [[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden "Joe Biden"]]. [[HilariousInHindsight 10 years and 8 months later]]...


-->'''Goofy:''' This place was no picnic, but it sure beats working for {{Disney}}!

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-->'''Goofy:''' This place was no picnic, but it sure beats working for {{Disney}}![[Creator/{{Disney}} Disney]]!

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* This line from Goofy about the dog pound's gas chamber in Season 19's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E12LoveSpringfieldianStyle Love Springfieldian Style]]:
-->'''Goofy:''' This place was no picnic, but it sure beats working for {{Disney}}!


* Season 21's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E15StealingFirstBase Stealing First Base]]" with Superintendent Chalmers calling Pricipal Skinner the "[[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden Joe Biden]]" of the Springfield School District. [[HilariousInHindsight 10 years and 8 months later]]...

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* Season 21's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E15StealingFirstBase Stealing First Base]]" with Superintendent Chalmers calling Pricipal Principal Skinner the "[[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden Joe Biden]]" of the Springfield School District.Springfield. [[HilariousInHindsight 10 years and 8 months later]]...


* Season 21's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E15StealingFirstBase Stealing First Base]]" with Superintendent Chalmers calling Pricipal Skinner the "[[usefulNotes/JoeBiden Joe Biden]]" of the Springfield School District. [[HilariousInHindsight 10 years and 8 months later]]...

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* Season 21's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E15StealingFirstBase Stealing First Base]]" with Superintendent Chalmers calling Pricipal Skinner the "[[usefulNotes/JoeBiden "[[UsefulNotes/JoeBiden Joe Biden]]" of the Springfield School District. [[HilariousInHindsight 10 years and 8 months later]]...

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* Season 21's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E15StealingFirstBase Stealing First Base]]" with Superintendent Chalmers calling Pricipal Skinner the "[[usefulNotes/JoeBiden Joe Biden]]" of the Springfield School District. [[HilariousInHindsight 10 years and 8 months later]]...

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** One issue in the Simpsons comic book acknowledges the follow-up fact that the Broncos won the Super Bowl when Hank asked Homer about them. One result is that Homer got to pay off Moe's bar tab.


* In "Marge in Chains," Mayor Quimby addresses the flu epidemic from the Bahamas, pretending it's his office. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor of Austin caught heat when he urged citizens to stay home, while he was on a vacation in Mexico.

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* In "Marge [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E21MargeInChains Marge in Chains," Chains]], Mayor Quimby addresses the flu epidemic from the Bahamas, pretending it's his office. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor of Austin caught heat when he urged citizens to stay home, while he was on a vacation in Mexico.


* The cold opening of [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E4TreehouseOfHorrorXVI Treehouse Of Horror XVI]] has Kang and Kodos waiting for the Treehouse Of Horror to start, only for it to be interrupted by the World Series. Guess what caused the delay of Treehouse Of Horror XXXI?

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* The cold opening of [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E4TreehouseOfHorrorXVI Treehouse Of Horror XVI]] has Kang and Kodos waiting for In "Marge in Chains," Mayor Quimby addresses the Treehouse Of Horror to start, only for it to be interrupted by flu epidemic from the World Series. Guess what caused Bahamas, pretending it's his office. During the delay COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor of Treehouse Of Horror XXXI?Austin caught heat when he urged citizens to stay home, while he was on a vacation in Mexico.

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* The cold opening of [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E4TreehouseOfHorrorXVI Treehouse Of Horror XVI]] has Kang and Kodos waiting for the Treehouse Of Horror to start, only for it to be interrupted by the World Series. Guess what caused the delay of Treehouse Of Horror XXXI?


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* In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E22RoundSpringfield 'Round Springfield]]", Bart tells Lisa that he wants to be reincarnated as a butterfly because "nobody ever suspects the butterfly". In ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'', a seemingly insignificant red and yellow butterfly that had been sporadically appearing since ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' [[spoiler:was revealed to be Morpho Knight all along]], and nobody paid any attention to its previous appearances until then.


* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E10FlamingMoes Flaming Moe's]]" centers around a mixed-drink spiked with cough syrup. Flash forward a few years and we have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_drank Purple Drank]].



** At the end, Homer suggests several movie ideas to Gibson, including an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movie. Homer then asks if anyone owns the rights to that franchise. As of 2019, both ''Indiana Jones'' AND ''The Simpsons'' are owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} the same company]].
** At one point, the family see Creator/RobertDowneyJr get into a shootout with cops and realizes it's not a movie. This references how, in 1999, Downey Jr. was seen as a tabloid joke due to his drug problems and arrests and his career considered washed up. In a bizarre reversal of what happened to Gibson, Downey Jr. would clean himself up and, thanks to ''Film/IronMan'' and other hits, become a highly respected box office star.
* In the "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E5TreehouseOfHorrorIII Treehouse of Horror III]]" short "Clown Without Pity", a naked Homer runs screaming from his bathtub to escape a harpoon-wielding demonic Krusty the Clown doll and passes by Patty, Selma, and Marge as they have lunch together. Patty puts down her fork and says, "There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality." Years after this throwaway joke in a non-canonical Halloween episode, Patty came out of the closet and revealed that she was a lesbian all along, rather than being heterosexual, but celibate since she thinks all men are as stupid and crass as Homer and will never have a real man like the actor who plays [=MacGyver=].
** Similarly, in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]", once Homer learns of John's sexuality he says "Now we can never say only straight people have been in this house". Patty had been visiting for years by that point (also Smithers, as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E4TwoCarsInEveryGarageAndThreeEyesOnEveryFish Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E18BrushWithGreatness Brush with Greatness]]" and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E4Rosebud Rosebud]]")
* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E22TheySavedLisasBrain They Saved Lisa's Brain]]", Creator/StephenHawking mentions he may steal the idea of a "donut-shaped universe" that Homer has explained to him off-screen. In modern physics, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-torus_model_of_the_universe Three-torus model]] ''is'' a real theory of the shape of the universe, and makes more sense than you may think.[[note]]Basically, the theory proposes that the universe is finite but loops in on itself, and a "donut" shape is a logical result of explaining how that could work.[[/note]]
* In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E4ItchyAndScratchyLand Itchy & Scratchy Land]]," Creator/JohnTravolta is shown reduced to working as a bartender in a 70s themed bar. The episode was released in the same year that ''Film/PulpFiction'' came out, which single-handedly [[CareerResurrection resurrected]] Travolta's career. It even has a scene set in a retro-themed diner.

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** At the end, Homer suggests several movie ideas to Gibson, including an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movie. Homer then asks if anyone owns the rights to that franchise. As of 2019, both ''Indiana Jones'' AND ''The Simpsons'' are owned by [[Creator/{{Disney}} the same company]].
** At one point, the family see Creator/RobertDowneyJr get into a shootout with cops and realizes it's not a movie. This references how, in 1999, Downey Jr. was seen as a tabloid joke due to his drug problems and arrests and his career considered washed up. In a bizarre reversal of what happened to Gibson, Downey Jr. would clean himself up and, thanks to ''Film/IronMan'' and other hits, become a highly respected box office star.
* In the "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E5TreehouseOfHorrorIII Treehouse of Horror III]]" short "Clown Without Pity", a naked Homer runs screaming from his bathtub to escape a harpoon-wielding demonic Krusty the Clown doll and passes by Patty, Selma, and Marge as they have lunch together. Patty puts down her fork and says, "There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality." Years after this throwaway joke in a non-canonical Halloween episode, Patty came out of the closet and revealed that she was a lesbian all along, rather than being heterosexual, but celibate since she thinks all men are as stupid and crass as Homer and will never have a real man like the actor who plays [=MacGyver=].
** Similarly,
[=MacGyver=]. Notably, in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]", once Homer learns of John's sexuality he says "Now we can never say only straight people have been in this house". house", Patty had been visiting for years by that point (also Smithers, as seen in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E4TwoCarsInEveryGarageAndThreeEyesOnEveryFish Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish]]", "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E18BrushWithGreatness Brush with Greatness]]" and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E4Rosebud Rosebud]]")
* "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E22TheySavedLisasBrain They Saved Lisa's Brain]]", Creator/StephenHawking mentions he may steal the idea of a "donut-shaped universe" that Homer has explained to him off-screen. In modern physics, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-torus_model_of_the_universe Three-torus model]] ''is'' a real theory of the shape of the universe, and makes more sense than you may think.[[note]]Basically, the theory proposes that the universe is finite but loops in on itself, and a "donut" shape is a logical result of explaining how that could work.[[/note]]
* In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E4ItchyAndScratchyLand Itchy & Scratchy Land]]," Creator/JohnTravolta is shown reduced to working as a bartender in a 70s themed bar. The episode was released in the same year that ''Film/PulpFiction'' came out, which single-handedly [[CareerResurrection resurrected]] Travolta's career. It even has a scene set in a retro-themed diner.
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* In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E6ItchyAndScratchyTheMovie Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie]]", Bart watches a trailer for the fictitious ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film ''Star Trek XII: So Very Tired'', which lampoons the increasing age of the original series cast. May 2013 saw the release of the 12th ''Star Trek'' film, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', which featured much younger actors, though did include Creator/LeonardNimoy in his final appearance as Spock.



** "A Star is Burns" also features a brief appearance by the Rappin' Rabbis, who wear Hasidic clothing onstage and sing about Judaism.[[note]]"Don't eat pork/Not even with a fork/[[Music/MCHammer Can't touch this!]]"[[/note]] This is exactly what Matisyahu would do from 2004 until he changed his appearance in 2011 (albeit more with reggae than rap).



** Homer's old jacket was supposed to say "Disco Stud" on the back, but instead, it's printed "Disco Stu" because he ran out of space. In 2017, CBS ordered some T-shirts to promote ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', but instead, they were printed as "Star Trek: Disco" because they specified the wrong font size, thereby running out of space on the shirts.
* Remember that ''Bonestorm'' commercial from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E11MargeBeNotProud Marge Be Not Proud]]" that started out with a couple kids playing a fighting game where you fight a tank? Enter ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'', a Japanese doujin fighting game where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1w-GBFf8Sc one of the bosses]] is ''literally'' a tank.
* Remember "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E14NewKidsOnTheBlecch New Kids on the Blecch]]" with "Yvan Eht Nioj"? Well it seems Music/KatyPerry may or may not have devised a similar plan for the Marines...
* Back in the very first "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E3TreehouseOfHorror Treehouse of Horror]]", Bart makes a comment on the first ''Film/{{Friday the 13th|1980}}'' film, saying that "[[SeinfeldIsUnfunny it's pretty tame by today's standards]]." In wake of much more controversial adult animated shows like ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', ''The Simpsons'' has often been thought of as "tame" by modern audiences.


** During "The Raven" segment, Homer throws a paperweight at the raven/Bart who proceeds to dodge it. This causes Homer to exclaim, "[[VideoGame/MarioParty D'oh, I missed!]]", years before LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys made the phrase popular.

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