What if The Simpsons, but darker? Well, it exists. The folks at Dark Simpsons mix and match Simpsons screencaps to create magically dark and disturbing scenarios that are pretty far from the show itself. The storylines are impressively cohesive, and a great deal more demented than canon. You can keep up to date with the meme-y comics here.
Feelin' stressed out? Hopefully not, because it's the weekend and you deserve to relax. But sometimes you get roped into working more than you'd like and the stress overtakes you. We can only hope that this roundup of memes helps to make you feel a little more relaxed, even just for a brief moment.
Over its three decades, a good chunk of The Simpsons has been written by Harvard University alumni, but in the future, it might be written by Simpson University alumni? Ok. Maybe not.
But maybe, because a class on the philosophy of The Simpsons is coming to the Glasgow University.
According to The Daily Mail, “Glasgow University will examine the wisdom of Homer Simpson and his family alongside the words of great thinkers such as Aristotle, Socrates and Voltaire.”
The class, “D'oh! The Simpsons Introduce Philosophy,” has already been stirring up a lot of interest online.
“The Simpsons is a very sophisticated work of popular culture, with a broad scope and depth, and is full of philosophical themes, said the course's creator, John Donaldson. "Very pleasingly, the course has proved to be incredibly popular on social media. It has gone viral. We've never really had a response like this before.”
The class is £30, open to the public, and will be held on January 14.
Let’s take a look at what philosophical ideas we hope will be unpacked:
In the past few days, The Simpsons has been looked at as some sort of cartoon crystal ball, after successfully predicting Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential win in the year 2000.
Now that the prophecy has come to pass, many wanted to know why they even bothered to make that joke in the first place. Well, wonder no longer. For as it was written, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed the writer who made the joke.
"It was a warning to America," said writer Dan Greaney. “The important thing is that Lisa comes into the presidency when America is on the ropes, and that is the condition left by the Trump presidency. What we needed was for Lisa to have problems that were beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could, and that's why we had Trump be president before her.”
"I am tickled we are getting all this attention, but I don't think it's going to trigger this well-awaited re-evaluation of my episode that I was hoping for.”
So there you have it: It wasn’t a prediction, it was a warning that we failed to heed. Everything’s fine. Well, now that that’s settled, who wants to get some frosty chocolate milkshakes? Anyone? Anyone?