Super Safi’s Monday Morning Musings 107 – Bort

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 name made even more famous by The Simpsons.


In the one hundredth and seventh episode of The Simpsons, Itchy & Scratchy Land (Season 06, Episode 04), Bart and Lisa try to convince Homer and Marge to take a family trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land.

After much discussion and persuasion, Homer and Marge give in and the family is off on a long road trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land.

After parking their car, they are air lifted to an island housing Itchy & Scratchy Land.

At Itchy & Scratchy Land, they have a blast on all the rides. But Bart is disappointed when he can’t find his name on a custom license plate at the gift shop.

Bart: “Cool…personalized plates! “Barclay”…”Barry”…”Bert”… “Bort”? Aw, come on. “Bort”?
Child: “Mommy, mommy! Buy me a license plate.
Mother: “No. Come along, Bort.
Man: “Are you talking to me?
Mother: “No, my son is also named Bort.

The Bort license plates are actually quite popular.

PA Announcer #1: “Mop and bucket man to the exit of the Nauseator. Mop and bucket man to the exit of the Nauseator.
PA Announcer #2: “We have another jumper on the roof of TGI McScratchy’s.
PA Announcer #3: “We need more Bort license plates in the Gift Shop. Repeat, we are sold out of Bort license plates.

But the Bort license plates running out aren’t the only problem at the threme park. The trip takes a turn for even worse when the animatronic robots decide to harm all the park visitors.

But have you ever wondered if Bort is a real name?



Joan Barreda Bort

Joan Barreda Bort is s a Spanish active rally raid motorcycle rider, best known for his participation in the past 12 Dakar Rally motorbike races.

Joan Barreda Bort (11 August 1983 – Present)


Léon Teisserenc de Bort

Léon Teisserenc de Bort was a French meteorologist and a pioneer in the field of aerology. Together with Richard Assmann, he is credited as co-discoverer of the stratosphere. Both Léon and Richard announced their discovery during the same time period in 1902.

The crater Teisserenc on the Moon and the crater Teisserenc de Bort on Mars are both named after him.

Léon Philippe Teisserenc de Bort (5 November 1855 – 2 January 1913)


Pierre Edmond Teisserenc de Bort

Pierre Edmond Teisserenc de Bort was a French writer and politician. He served in the French National Assembly from 1871 to 1873, the latter two as Minister of Agriculture and Commerce. He then served in the French Senate from 1876 to 1879, again as Minister of Agriculture. In 1879, he was sent as ambassador to Vienna.

Pierre Edmond Teisserenc de Bort (17 September 1814 – 29 July 1892)


Børt-Erik Thoresen

Børt-Erik Thoresen was a Norwegian television host and folk singer. He hosted musical programmes for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation from 1968 to the late 1980s. He also released several records.

Børt-Erik Thoresen (5 May 1932 – 10 April 2011)



Now that we’ve learned more about the name Bort, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.

Have you ever met anyone named Bort? Were you familiar with any of these Bort’s? What’s your favourite Simpsons name reference? What about your favourite Simpsons travel episode? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.

6 responses to “Super Safi’s Monday Morning Musings 107 – Bort

  1. Safi, thanks for this post. I don’t know anyone by that name. But I was guessing 🤔 it was either Norwegian or Swedish.


  2. There was the joy of obtaining the Character Bort in TSTO …. and he’s great, but I can’t say the same for the Itchy and Scratchy Land update (some nice Content, but overall that was a hot mess – and you remember why if you were a Tapper back then!) 🤔

    This Episode still makes me 😂 (it’s classic Simpsons Era!) 😉👍🏻

  3. As elcaminobilly already already mentioned there is an NHL named Forbort & when my Calgary Flames traded him in 2020 they posted this pic on Twitter

  4. Announcer: Attention, Marge Simpson, your son has been arrested.
    Woman: I’d be terribly embarrassed if I were that boy’s mother. (Marge hears from this and feels embarrassed)
    Announcer: Attention, Marge Simpson, we have also arrested your older, balder, fatter son. (Marge groans)

  5. I’ve never encountered anyone named Bort, but there is an NHL hockey player named Derek Forbort that makes me think of this episode every time I see him play.

    My favorite travel episode is their first visit to Brazil, Blame it on Lusa, which is actually my favorite episode ever.

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