Morning Musically-Minded, Medically-Minded, Masticators!
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Over the past 600+ episodes, The Simpsons has taken us on an amazing journey involving music, science, and food to name a few concepts.
And what better way to start your week, than by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?
So let’s get started this week by talking about a territory referenced in The Simpsons.
In the ninety ninth episode of The Simpsons, Burns’ Heir (Season 05, Episode 18), Mr. Burns has a near death experience when Smithers leaves a sponge on his head while bathing him. The weight of the sponge causes Mr. Burns to briefly drown and have his life flash before his eyes.
Mr. Burns realizes had he died, he would have died without an heir. When Smithers ask about himself, Mr. Burns informs him he has other plans for Smithers. Smithers will be buried alive with Mr. Burns.
After holding auditions, it’s a tantrum by Bart that ultimately leads to Mr. Burns selecting him as his heir.
Mr. Burns: “Look, Smithers — a creature of pure malevolence. He’s the perfect one to suckle at my proverbial teat.”
As Mr. Burns’ heir, Bart demands that Krusty the Clown deliver a pizza to him. Bart is then perplexed as to how can Krusty be delivering a pizza and be on live TV at the same time. Krusty says he is just playing a rerun, and says that no one will be able to tell the difference.
But during the rerun, Krusty halts the show and says that Argentina has just invaded the Falkland Islands. An invasion that occurred in April 2, 1982.
Eventually Mr. Burns convinces Bart that the Simpsons don’t want him and molds Bart in is image. Eventually Bart returns home.
But have you ever wondered what the Falkland Islands are?
The Falkland Islands are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean about 480 kilometres (300 miles) east of South America’s southern Patagonian coast and about 1,210 kilometres (752 miles) from the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It is comprised of two main islands (East Falkland and West Falkland) and 776 smaller islands.
As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, and the United Kingdom takes responsibility for their defence and foreign affairs. The capital and largest settlement is Stanley on East Falkland.
The population (3,398 inhabitants in 2016) consists primarily of native-born Falkland Islanders, the majority of Scottish or Welsh descent.
Although Fuegians from Patagonia may have visited the Falkland Islands in prehistoric times, the islands were uninhabited when Europeans first explored them. The first undisputed landing on the islands is attributed to English captain John Strong, who, en route to Peru and Chile’s littoral in 1690, explored the Falkland Sound and noted the islands’ water and game. After spending some time as a British, French, Spanish, and Argentine settlement, Britain reasserted it’s rule in 1833.
As Krusty mentions the breaking news in his rerun, nearly 150 years later, on April 2, 1982, the Falklands War began when Argentine military forces invaded the Falklands and other British territories in the South Atlantic, briefly occupying them until a UK expeditionary force retook the territories on June 14, 1982.
From Wikipedia, Falkland War stats:
Now that we’ve learned more about the Falkland Islands, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.
Did you remember the episode? What’s your favourite Mr. Burns-centric episode of The Simpsons? What about your favourite episode where money is involved? What about your favourite The Simpsons country reference? Were you familiar with Falkland Islands? Have you ever been to the Falkland Islands? I was actually supposed to visit Falkland Islands last month, but the trip got cancelled due to the pandemic. Did you know these details about the Falkland Islands? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.