We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about The Simpsons, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about one of the longest-standing and most highly-regarded television series that you definitely (probably) didn’t know. You might be surprised by what you learn!
Number Eight: One Episode Requires Six Months to Make. Though the episodes of The Simpsons may seem short, in reality, they take up to six months each to make. Because of all of the animation required for the show, production takes a long time to perfect.
Number Seven: Bart Simpson Was One of the Century’s Most Influential People. Time Magazine actually named Bart Simpson one of the 20th century’s most influential people. And who can blame them? We’re sure little boys everywhere emulate Bart and pull the same pranks so they can be like him.
Number Six: They Have Two World Records. The Simpsons holds the Guinness world record for the longest-running animated television series, and that’s not the only record the series holds! The Simpsons also holds the Guinness world record for having the most guest stars featured in a television series.
Number Five: In Arab-Speaking Countries, Homer is Omar. For the Arabic version of The Simpsons, instead of being named Homer Simpson, his name is Omar Shamshoom. So we guess the series should be called The Shamshooms instead of The Simpsons!
Number Four: Maggie Is Expensive. In the opening credits of the show, Maggie is featured next to a dollar amount after she is scanned at a cash register. The register used to read $847.63 when she was scanned. In 1989, the cost of raising a baby for a single month was estimated to be $847.63.
Number Three: Groening Created it in Minutes. Just minutes before Groening was set to have a meeting with producers, he finalized the idea of The Simpsons. Clearly, Groening is good at thinking on his feet! Groening was initially set to have a meeting with producers because he didn’t want to lose the rights to his comic strip.
Number Two: Bart Would Be 36 Years Old if He Aged Normally. It’s true! If Bart were aging normally in the show, he would now be 36 years old. That’s older than many of The Simpsons‘ viewers!
Number One: You Could Have Won a Life-Size Replica of Their House in 1997. Fox got together with Pepsi in 1997 to sponsor a competition with a prize of a life-size replica of The Simpsons house. Talk about a dream home!