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Film Theory: We FOUND The SIMPSONS!

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  • [Ding a ling]
  • Moe's Tavern, Moe speaking.
  • Hi, I was hoping you could tell me what state Springfield is in?
  • Listen you! When I get a hold of you, I'm gonna' use your head for a bucket, and paint my house with your brain
  • Well that escalated quickly.
  • [Theme]
  • Hello Internet, welcome to Film Theory!
  • The show that proves you can turn watching Netflix reruns into a job.
  • And while reruns are the only way to enjoy most of our favorite shows from the 90's.
  • Unless, you know, someone is eager for a quick cash grab based on brand awareness.
  • There is one show that has hung on...
  • The Simpsons...
  • "The Simpsons" came out in a simpler time
  • A time when cellphones where the size of bricks,
  • and the word "fleek" hadn't earned itself a place in the dictionary.
  • Speaking of the dictionary though...
  • Homer's catchphrase of "Do'h" was actually added a few years ago!
  • And it's the common usage of the word 'meh' comes from.
  • Crazy, right?
  • From the Kwik-E-Mart, the prototype of internet trolls...
  • The Simpsons is truly, a cultural icon.
  • And yet, after nearly 3 decades, of one HUGE mystery about the series
  • remains unanswered...
  • Where, do the Simpsons live?
  • We all know they live in Springfield, that part's obvious.
  • But the state, has always been a question.
  • And this isn't by accident...
  • The show has taunted viewers for YEARS...
  • By giving information that would make it virtually for anyone
  • to determine exactly where Springfield is.
  • Notice though, that I said, virtually impossible,
  • because after sifting through the evidence,
  • there is more than enough proof to deduce where the Simpsons
  • actually reside.
  • Today we're closing the books
  • on one of prime time's longest running riddles.
  • Now hold on to your comment hand all you walking Simpsons encyclopedias,
  • i'm sure you just waiting to point out
  • that there are tones of jokes and references
  • in the Simpsons that contradict each other.
  • What about that time in the Simpsons movie for instance
  • when Flanders says that the 4 states that border Springfield are:
  • Ohio, Nevada, Maine and Kentucky.
  • No such states does or ever could exist.
  • Well stupid sexy Flanders,
  • that's a fair point, but here's the thing.
  • The running jokes on where Springfield is
  • are mostly there to throw off would be theorists.
  • So if we wanted to determine where Springfield really is,
  • we need to look for evidence for when the show isn't joking
  • about the impossibility of its location.
  • Preference also goes to episodes that are older,
  • both because they are less likely to present Springfield
  • as a place that couldn't exist,
  • and because many die hard Simpsons fans
  • consider episodes after Season 9 to be non-canonical,
  • because the show changed executive producers.
  • Got all that?
  • Good. Because we have a mystery to solve.
  • Hehehehehe!
  • Since the Simpsons takes so much pride in never revealing its big mystery,
  • [Nelson] Ha-ha!
  • Our best tactic to prove where Springfield is,
  • is to work backwards, and eliminate where it isn't.
  • 50 states is a lot to cover, so let's knock out a bunch right off the bat.
  • In Season 5, Bart wins a call in contest
  • in Springfield's local radio station,
  • and gets to choose between a grand prize of $10,000, or an elephant.
  • Bart picks the elephant, high jinks ensues,
  • and Homer gets stuck in the La Brea Tar Pit.
  • So what's this have to do with Springfield's location?
  • Well, the radio station Bart calls is named "Vagina farts".
  • And it's referenced in a number of other Simpsons episodes,
  • from the first several seasons.
  • So we can say that it is indeed a permanent fixture in Springfield,
  • and not some one off joke a random writer came up with.
  • Why does this matter?
  • Well, in the early 1920's, the Federal Communications Commission
  • established a system for radio station call letters.
  • All states east of the Mississippi River would have call letters which started with W.
  • Like NBC's New York radio station, WNYC.
  • And stations west of the mighty Mississipp, would start with the letter K
  • Springfield's KBBL thus, could not be in any of the 26 states that are completely east of the Mississippi river.
  • Minnesota and Louisiana are the exceptions.
  • With stations starting with both K and W,
  • so they'll stay for now.
  • But still, there goes HALF the country in one fell swoop!
  • How has no one figured this out yet? Seriously people! Do your research!
  • Then again, maybe i've spoken too soon.
  • because from here it gets a lot tricker
  • we get some good geographical clues from the Season 7 episode "Bart on the road"
  • Bart manages to get a fake ID
  • rents a car for spring break
  • and ends up getting himself and his friends stranded in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • on the road from Springfield to Knoxville
  • the group drives through Branson, Missouri
  • stopping to listen to the smooth crooning of Andy Williams.
  • If you are wondering who Andy Williams is
  • don't worry people watching that episode at the time it was aired probably didn't know who Andy Williams was,
  • such a random old reference.
  • Anyway, let's take a look at the map
  • Branson is in the Southwest corner of Missouri
  • And Knoxville is in eastern Tennessee
  • Bart would of had to take a pretty major detour
  • To get to Branson
  • If their point of origin
  • was in Louisiana, Arkansas, or Texas,
  • So we can eliminate all of those.
  • And unless the rental car is one of those Duck Boats ™
  • that goes from water to land,
  • They ain't (southern MatPat?) driving to Tennessee from Hawaii!
  • No big surprise, Hawaii is off the table.
  • In the same episode,
  • We see a map of all the nuclear reactors in the United States
  • Above Homer's work station
  • When the camera zooms in,
  • We can see California, Nevada and Utah completely
  • And none of their reactors are labeled "Springfield".
  • Another three states bite the dust.
  • Now we need to think about the topography of Springfield.
  • We know Springfield has mountains,
  • From episodes like Mountain Of Madness,
  • Mr. Plow,
  • And King Of The Hill,
  • Not to be confused with, uh, this one.
  • DAMN IT, BOBBY!
  • Sorry. I swear my New Year's Resolution is to stop doing impressions.
  • In the Simpsons episode "King Of The Hill"
  • Homer gets in shape,
  • And gets hired by a protein bar company
  • To climb the Murderhorn, the tallest mountain in Springfield.
  • In one scene, we see Homer sucking on oxygen tanks,
  • which his guides packed to prevent Altitude Sickness.
  • According to WebMD,
  • Altitude Sickness is extremely rare below 8,000 ft above sea level.
  • Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri,
  • North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma
  • All have highest points that are shorter than that 8,000 foot mark.
  • 2.4 kilometer mark
  • So they're all out.
  • That means, we are down to are final 9.
  • Alaska, Washington , Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona
  • This isn't a surprise,
  • But it's definitely not Alaska.
  • In the Simpsons Movie the entire family uproots from Springfield
  • And moves to Alaska.
  • We even see them entering the state for the first time.
  • So Alaska, is out.
  • we had a couple that helped us eliminate
  • some south western states aswell
  • in the season 5 episode boy scouts in
  • da hood clearly i live
  • the thug life myself
  • bart and his junior camper troop
  • get lost when they go white water rafting
  • homer tries to navigate using a map of krust burger
  • locations and sais hey theres a new
  • mexico and in the process knocks the
  • state out of the running now lets jump ahead
  • 2 seasons to season sevens
  • "king-size homer

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