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.
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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" 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.
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
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
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.
Since the Simpsons takes so much pride in never revealing its big mystery,
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,
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
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