Where Did THAT Come From – Yard Work Simulator

Hey hey friends… Thanksgiving gave me a week from the tedium of college so I’m back for a moment with a couple origin posts from the Cyber Monday Deal. In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?


So Gil popped on by with another one of his “deals” and this one probably made a lot of people either nostalgic for or cringing about the SciFi Event from this year. I mean, jeesh, a boxy computer stand involving hedge trimming? I’m in the excitement camp on this deal for 175 donuts. I figured since I had a bit of time I didn’t have to dedicate to school work that I’d write a couple posts for the new items. Bunny Foo Foo has been holding down the fort for origin stories but I do truly love writing these for all of you. I know new stuff might make a few of you wonder just where the heck it all comes from. Well no fears friends, that’s where this walking carpet comes in handy. For this round, we’ll be looking at the Yard Work Simulator.

“Bart Carny” (S9:E12)

You may remember this episode as the one where Homer and Bart become carnys and make friends with Cooder and Spud. While not in my top episodes ever, it was written by the great John Swartzwelder and has plenty of laughs. I mean, where else would you find a plot including the voice talent of Jim Varney (I miss you Ernest), Hitler’s car, a glass-bottomed boat, and hula hooping a chimney? To find the Yard Work Simulator, we don’t have to go too far into the episode. It all starts with Marge finding the backyard all overgrown with weeds. The kiddos haven’t been doing their chores.


Chopping each other’s hands off isn’t a viable option to lessen the yard work to be done and hard work making them quit wasn’t too good an option either as Lisa and Bart won’t get an allowance if they don’t do their chores even if they figure their room and board is free and Santa will do the rest. The promise of a carnival almost gets them to do work but right as Marge is winning, Homer is just as excited by the carnival and gives the kiddos cash for it. Oh well. Off we go to Colonel Tex’s Traveling Carnival. There’s lots of games and rides to enjoy. You might recognize a few from Krustyland. I guess this means we can blame Krustyland on the Rich Texan.


One of the offerings Bart is excited about at the carnival is the Yard Work Simulator. I’m sure you get why this is funny. Makes sense to me since my own kids would rather live existence through video games rather than the real thing. If only my chores could be done digitally.


I think a carnival in Springfield could be lots of fun and a nice way to add some fun to Krustyland. There could be a more done with it involving the Rich Texan IMHO. What I really would like is the Screamatorium of Dr. Frightmarestein.


Speaking of Krustyland and the Yard Work Simulator, I’ve written a ton of posts about the real Krustyland in Universal Studios Hollywood. This one collects all of them with links. I even asked for the Yard Work Simulator among many other ideas for Krustyland. It was all based on this awesome poster you can see in the line for The Simpsons Ride.


And that’s really about it. The origin for the Yard Work Simulator that came with C.H.U.M. What do you think of it? Would you rather play a game doing chores or the real thing? Ever let your yard turn into a jungle? Been to the real Krustyland?Is your digital one full of weeds from neglect? Sound off in the comments and keep on being the classy folks I know you to be. I’m gonna go back to big boy chores like essays, etc.

TTFN… Wookiee out!

9 responses to “Where Did THAT Come From – Yard Work Simulator

  1. Coincidentally, Mike Skully (one of the writers) was just tweeting about this episode. He grew up in Springfield, MA (about 80 miles west of Boston), and the entire carnival, from the exhibits to the rides and games, was based on the Big E fair (Eastern States Exposition) that occurs every fall in Springfield.

  2. Got it and was looking forward to placing it within Krustyland but nope! Come on EA get this sorted and start adding more building’s to Krustyland!

  3. I don’t have a yard. If I want to trim hedges I need to find an app for that. 😉

  4. I had to pick this up. CHUM was too cute and he actually had many origins (won’t take Wookie’s thunder).
    Looking forward to the Xmas WAWW 😄

  5. So…now we just need the origin of the robot? 😀 Or did I miss that in the post (probably, knowing me)

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