Monday, February 27, 2006

Simpsons Trivia: Grampa

Simpsons fans will probably already know this, but for lack of anything else to write about right now—and since I have a couple of minutes to kill—I thought I’d share this.

Many people will know that Matt Groening created the Simpsons, and will probably also know that he named the main characters in the show after members of his own family: Homer and Margaret (Marge) are his parents, Lisa and Maggie are his sisters. “Bart” is simply an anagram for “brat”.

Now, here’s the “fun fact”, based on a commentary from some season 2 of the Simpson DVDs. The character of Grampa on the Simpsons had always simply been called Grampa, and at one point the writers had to come up with a name for him. They decided on Abe, or Abraham. Which, coincidentally enough, turned out to be Matt Groening’s real grandpa’s name.