Thursday, February 9, 2012

Man Takes Ice from Glacier, Rips Off The Simpsons

Image via Simpsons Wiki

At the beginning of this month, an Argentine man was arrested for stealing 5 tons of glacier ice from a Patagonian glacier. When Matt told me about it, I instantly thought of The Simpsons episode "Rosebud," in which Mr. Burns' childhood bear, Bobo, finds its way back to him through a complicated set of coincidences, which includes an ice-gathering mission to the North Pole.

I couldn't find a video of that part of the episode, so the Wikipedia description will have to suffice:
Burns reveals to Smithers that he misses his cherished bear Bobo and desperately wants it back but has no idea where it is. Another flashback reveals Bobo's history: after Burns drops it, the bear is washed downriver to New York where it is picked up by Charles Lindbergh and flown across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Upon arrival in Paris, Lindbergh tosses the bear out the window, where it is caught by Adolf Hitler. In 1945, in his F├╝hrerbunker in Berlin, Germany, Hitler blames Bobo for losing World War II and tosses him away. Bobo is seen again in 1957 onboard the USS Nautilus headed for the North Pole. Bobo becomes encased in a block of ice until picked up by an ice-gathering expedition. In 1993, the bag of ice with him in it is sent to Apu's Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield. Bart Simpson buys the bag of ice, finds Bobo inside and gives it to Maggie to play with.
I just don't know how to feel about this. What once was a totally ridiculous-seeming joke in a cartoon show is now real-life news. Life is sooooooooooooooo freaking weird, innit?!

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