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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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3. There is a clause in the creator's contract that the network can't give notes - meaning the producers are free to make fun of FOX itself.

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.

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.

13. A competition winner was given a full-scale replica of the Simpsons house. He took the money instead.

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It cost $120,000 to build, and yet the $70,000 prize seemed preferable. No word on if it actually has the ever-changing interior layout.

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

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17. The 'Who Shot Mr. Burns?' episode ran a contest for fans to guess. No-one guessed the correct answer.

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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