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Random Fuzzy Thoughts on the New Tie-In

Hey there party people!

So… as most of you know, today EA surprised all of us with an episode tie-in update.  While most have us had thrown snow-chains on our dead Springfield vehicles and gotten our decorations up for passer-bys, instead, we got something completely different.  Let’s all be honest.  Every one’s been waiting for snow and Christmas and instead gotten socks and regular weather, right?

This got me thinking (I know, dangerous territory)… EA is pretty sneaky.  Once upon a time, we all knew way in advance what Mom and Dad had bought for us in the store and the weather was way more predictable.  Turns out the proverbial parents and weatherman just don’t like that archaic formula.  The truth is, I couldn’t be more thrilled.
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The Sunsphere and The Simpsons

simpsons tapped out sunsphere wigsphere
Hello Fellow Tapped Out Addicts!

Level 33 has brought us the Sunsphere!  Since it’s another one of those additions to the game that may leave some tappers scratching their heads (after all it’s not in Springfield) I thought it’d be fun to break down the Simpsons connection.

Simpsons Connection
The Sunsphere is from a 1996 episode of the Simpsons “Bart on the Road”. In the episode Bart spends the day at the DMV with Patty and Selma. When they’re not looking he makes a fake driver’s license.
After seeing a brochure for the World’s Fair, Bart uses the fake ID to rent a car and drive Milhouse, Martin and Nelson to Knoxville, TN.  They arrive in Knoxville only to discover the World’s Fair was actually in 1982 and the Sunsphere has been renamed the Wigsphere, since it’s now wig warehouse.
Real World
The Sunsphere is a real attraction in Knoxville that was built for the 1982 World’s Fair. In 2007 the Sunsphere was renovated and restored.  It’s now a 266ft multi-level restaurant with observation decks. Not a wig in site!

Will you be adding the Sunsphere to your town?

The 1982 World's Fair Knoxville