After years of dispensing false information and occasionally avoiding the question altogether, Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening has finally revealed why America’s favorite cartoon family lives in Springfield. Apparently, when he was growing up in Portland, he used to watch the television program Father Knows Best. It too took place in Springfield, and as a child, he naively assumed the town in question was the suburb of Portland just miles away from his home. He eventually realized the setting was merely a coincidence, but the connection continued to fascinate him. Years later, when creating his own show, he realized he could name the town Springfield, one of the most common in the United States, and people would assume it was based on a location near them.

I’ve got to admit. It’s a cool little story, and the reasoning is definitely spot on. I’ve heard numerous Simpsons fans argue over Springfield’s real location since the show first hit the air twenty-three years ago, and all had a different portion of the United States in which they imagined it.

In a way, I’m happy the secret has finally come out. The Simpsons has been so relevant to the popular culture for so long that it’s fitting all its secrets would eventually come to light. On the other hand however, it’s also a little sad to have just been given the answer. The mystery is over, and the intrigue is something we can never have back.

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