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In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, Matt Groening, the creator of Akbar and Jeff The Simpsons, finally ended the decades long mystery about the geographic location of the Simpsons’ home town of Springfield:

Springfield is a make-believe city. It’s a cartoon, guys! Everything in it is made up, and the real-world geographic comparison doesn’t make any sense. I mean, you want to know where Springfield is supposed to be in the continental United States but it doesn’t bother you that Bart has been in sixth grade for 30 years? Sure, I have some thoughts on where I drew my inspiration, since art is never created in a vacuum and everything is a composite created by the summation of the artist’s experiences. But I just can’t see how placing a completely fictional city that by all accounts operates on a magical plane where the temporal exigencies of the laws of physics don’t apply and where there are only six buildings and 12 people who matter, three of them being children, on a real world map of the United States is going to increase your enjoyment of the show. I’m sure you’ve been getting this all your life, and it must be hard to hear it coming from someone who counts himself as one of you, but take it easy, nerds!

Haha. Just kidding. I made that quote up! It’s Springfield, Oregon. Congratulations!

Comments (51)
  1. This is where we just post Simpsons quotes because we’re a little bit hung over, right?

    “I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. “Give me five bees for a quarter,” you’d say.”

  2. He kind of writes like a lite version of Gabe.

  3. Does he *actually* mention that the Simpson’s are located in Oregon? I guess I inferred from the article that Springfield is based upon Springfield, Oregon, close to Groening’s hometown, not that The Simspon’s are actually located in that state. Of course I could just be slow since I haven’t had my morning Squishee yet.

  4. Let’s pretend I made some sort of pun and we all had a laugh because I am too tired from last night’s fete to even breathe properly.

    I posted this gif last year after the Videogum party and I still feel it’s relevant today:

  5. It was always rumored to be that Springfield since that’s where he grew up. So yeah, shocker.

  6. So how was the Videogum party guys? Just give me one detail.

  7. “Great. Now, where’s Five Corners?” – 12 year old me

    • There actually is a not-terrible movie called Five Corners from 1987 and it has Tim Robbins, Jodie Foster and John Turturro in it and they are all BABIES

  8. Actually, this changes EVERYTHING. Believe it or not, the fact that the characters never age takes a lot less suspension of disbelief than trying to imagine an Oregon where Lisa doesn’t fit right in with everyone else.

  9. Wait a minute, Bart’s a sixth grader? Umm, the wiki page says he’s 10! Unless he’s some kind of super genius, he’s supposed to be a fourth grader! 30 years of my life, just flat out ruined.

  10. Great, now Family Guy will be in Oregon too.

  11. As if The Simpsons couldn’t get more dead to me.

  12. we were just pranked by Gabe.

  13. The Smithsonian’s headfline is COMPLETE bullshit. “Matt Groening Reveals the Location of the Real Springfield!” No, he just said that Springfield was named after Springfield, OR once he realized it’s one of the most common city names.

    In fact, the interviewer’s ACTUAL question OK, why do the Simpsons live in a town called Springfield? Isn’t that a little generic? is asked and answered right there. Groening grew up next to Springfield, OR, then later he realized how there are so many Springfields, so he named his fictional Simpsons town Springfield because of its general-ness.

    It’s the first thing in the morning for me right now, so I’m all cranky and shit, and this interview has gotten under my skin.!I really liked Gabe-as-Groening’s answer, then when I read the punchline of ‘J/k It’s Springfield, Oregon,’ I had to go read the article for myself (usually a good practice always) then was annoyed by the Smithsonian!. They didn’t even have the courtesy to say “Groening Reveals Inspirations For Springfield,” which is just him realizing that the name is very common and playing with that fact.

    The Simpsons’ Springfield is still absolutely fictitious with no real location, and for good reason. Shame on the Smithsonian for their dumb headline and shame on the internet for propagating this BS.

  14. Actually Matt grew up in the neighborhood I live in now. This is a coincidence but a pretty kick-ass one. It’s also a small city so it may not technically be my neighborhood, but if I can walk there with my dog in less than 14 minutes, it counts. Plus many of the characters are named after streets here. I still take photos of the streets when I’m near them — Lovejoy, Terwilliger, Flanders, Kearney, etc. Also the show making fun of young adult novels this year was good. Some eps are still good. Simpsons4lyfe.

    Also, Life In Hell rules.

  15. Go Isotopes!

  16. This has got to be one of the best videogum posts to date.

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