7. The episode where Bart wins an elephant on a gameshow was based on a real incident.
Intended to be a joke prize to be turned down in favour of money, the winner decided he wanted the elephant anyway. Eventually, one was flown in from Africa.
8. Staff Writer John Swartzwelder was a well-known recluse - which the writers referenced in a running joke.
He got dispensation not to attend meetings, instead writing in a diner booth he’d had installed in his house - and the rest of the staff responded by including cameos for him in numerous episodes.
9. Paul McCartney agreed to appear on the show only if the writers agreed to maintain Lisa’s vegetarianism for the rest of series.
10. Homer was intended to be revealed as Krusty The Clown.
Hence their remarkably similar appearances.
16. Bart’s prank calls to Moe’s Tavern use the number 764-84377. It spells out ‘Smithers.’
18. In his appearance Justin Timberlake really didn’t want to say “Word,” so once he did, that take was looped and used repeatedly through the episode.
He allegedly felt it was so unlike something he would actually say. The staff also brought all their kids along to meet them. As did Tom Hanks, who was filming nearby.
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