800 Million Gift Bags in the Pot… the Third Community Prize!
Happy Christmas every one and Bah Humbug for all you Scroogerinos!
Well, it’s obvious that the TSTO global community is full of generous tappers giving to their neighbereenos! Granted EA had to lower the totals to make our gifts obtainable but without anyone playing the game, there wouldn’t even be a “community” to label the prizes with, right? If there are Scrooges playing our favorite game, the Bob Cratchit’s far outnumber them for sure.
“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!”
Had to share that quote to start this post off. My Grandpa has been gone for a while but he used to always crack me up by quoting Ebenezer Scrooge lines every Christmas. He was particularly fond of this one.
The third community prize (800 million gift bags) is Ebenezer Burns. If you don’t get the reference, it is from A Christmas Carol (a classic novella by Charles Dickens). This story has been redone so many different ways. My favorites include Mickey, The Muppets and of course Scrooged with Bill Murray. It should be no surprise that The Simpsons would pay homage to this amazing Christmas Story.
Charles Dickens described Ebenezer Scrooge like this:
“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.” “External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn’t know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often ‘came down’ handsomely, and Scrooge never did.”
Sounds like a great description of Monty Burns to me so with Christmas and the holidays in full force, it makes me happy to see a great skin for Burnsy. There are several quick glimpses of Burns as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Simpsons. I thought I’d share each with ya.
In Season 11, Episode 9: Grift of the Magi, the end of the episode includes Burns stopping by just like the reformed Scrooge. In an uncharacteristic move, he actually donated money to Sprinfield Elementary. Most people remember this one for Funzos and Gary Coleman but the second I saw the image for Ebenezer Burns, this scene is right where my brain went.
Next up, we have Season 17, Episode 9: Simpsons Christmas Stories. In the third segment of this 3 part Christmas special (The Nutcracker… Sweet), Ebenezer Burns shows up in the “Marche” portion of the songs. He uses his dustbuster to get rid of the Ghost of Christmas Past. I actually thought of this scene during the Halloween Update when Burns had his special task to vacuum up ghosts with a dustbuster but forgot to mention it. This image is truly where Burns’ 5 part quest comes from based on the ghost is included too. Check out Bunny’s post for this info.
Finally, in Season 22, Episode 8: The Fight Before Christmas, Burnsy shows up as Scrooge one last time in the opening sequence. I particularly like this one because it shows Smithers as Jacob Marley. After all, the original Scrooge may have been as “solitary as an oyster”, but there really is no Burns without his flamboyant lackey.
Well, there you have it party people. Hope you like him. I find absolutely nothing wrong with getting 3 free presents so far. Considering we have about 13 days left of this update, things are looking good that we’ll get all 5.
C’mon 975 million!
Well… Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth and all that good stuff. I think Tiny Tim sums it up best with
“God Bless us every one!”.
TTFN… Wookiee out!
BUNNY: There is a quest associated with Ebenezer Burns, so keep Mr. Burns available. Or, if he is on a task you don’t mind stopping him on, you can always store and replace the Cooling Tower to knock him out of his task and start the questline. First task is 60 mins. ENJOY!
Ebenezer Burns Permanent Tasks:
|Ignore Holiday Warning||1hr||$70, 17xp|
|Count His Money||4hrs||$175, 45xp|
|Curse Holiday Spirit||8hrs||$275, 70xp|
|Make Everyone Work on Christmas||12hrs||$420, 100xp|
|Money Fight!||24hrs||$600, 150xp|