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Homer Simpson (Almost) Discovered The Elusive ‘God Particle’ Fourteen Years Before Science Did

Thanks to some sly mathematical in-joking, The Simpsons nearly predicted a major scientific breakthrough

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That, at its height, The Simpsons was one the funniest, smartest, most influential shows in the history of television, is a fairly uncontroversial assessment at this point. Even after its pivot away from focusing on Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie’s family dynamic, and toward increasingly unrealistic plot lines (sometime after around season 8 or 9) The Simpsons was–and continues to be–a reliable source of laughs. But while the show’s primary function has always been to entertain, that doesn’t mean its writers weren’t slipping in some serious business while we weren’t looking.

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If it has invented more new words than any other show on television, why hasn't the Futurama language caught on?

I was among the legions of fans delighted when Futurama returned to the air on June 24. This inventive comedy scratches my humor itch, my sci-fi itch, and, to a ridiculous degree, my word-nerd itch. Hard as it is to believe, Futurama might even top The Simpsons, The Colbert Report, and Seinfeld in terms of volume of new words.

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