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18 Facts You Probably Don't Know About "The Simpsons"

"It was the best of times, it was the 'blurst' of times."

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8. Staff Writer John Swartzwelder was a well-known recluse - which the writers referenced in a running joke.

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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.

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9. Paul McCartney agreed to appear on the show only if the writers agreed to maintain Lisa's vegetarianism for the rest of series.

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Which they did. McCartney also agreed to let them use 'Maybe I'm Amazed' over the closing credits. Mad Men would later pay a quarter of a million dollars to use a track from the band.

10. Homer was intended to be revealed as Krusty The Clown.

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Hence their remarkably similar appearances.

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16. Bart's prank calls to Moe's Tavern use the number 764-84377. It spells out 'Smithers.'

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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.

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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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