One of the greatest things about animated shows like The Simpsons is that there can be so many jokes stuffed into each episode. The Simpsons is the pinnacle when it comes to nonstop sight gags, especially in the form of signs that appear in the backgrounds of scenes. One Twitter user asked people to share their favorite sign that has appeared on The Simpsons in the over 20-year run of the show, and oh man, they delivered. Get ready to giggle!
The signs on The Simpsons have voices and are like characters all their own. This sign is clearly disillusioned with having to constantly tell people to keep out. It doesn't want to tell people what to do anymore, and I don't blame it.
Ooh this one's dirty if you think about it. Is it taking a minute? Just take "Chuck" and made "Feed & Seed" rhyme with it. ...Yeah. You're welcome. This, folks, is how you get cursing past the primetime censors.
"Arboretum" is a fancy word for "tree place." Obviously, people like Homer Simpson don't know big words like "arboretum." This is an easy, funny way to explain where they are, too.
"Bloodbath and Beyond" is a hilarious reference to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. A gun shop is such the opposite of what Bed, Bath, and Beyond actually is that this is a near-perfect joke.
I've always heard that emergency room doctors deal with people who put foreign objects in their orifices (noses, ears... butts) more often than almost anything else. People need to stop doing this.
If it's hard to read, the slogan for Jolli Gummi Bears is, "They hibernate in your colon." It's funny because they're bears, but they're also made of straight-up sugar, so they "hibernate" in your body for eternity.
This is too funny. I actually laughed out loud when I read this one. It would be way too easy to mix up the Candy Convention and the Candy-Shaped Rat Poison Convention. Lotta people probably ended up at Dr. Nick's after this.
Yeah, but is "Over a Century Without a Slogan" a slogan in and of itself? These are the tough questions we must address as a society. The Simpsons, even though it's a comedy, often also tackles serious issues like this.
"Because there may not be bugs on you." Too funny. One of my greatest fears is that I'm not actually experiencing the things I think I'm experiencing and that's it's all in my head. And now you're worrying about that, too. Sorry not sorry!
I hate going to the dentist, and sure, some of that is because I don't like strangers putting their hands in my mouth, but it's also because they always make you feel so bad about your hygiene habits, no matter how good you are about it. I don't need that kind of humiliation in my life.
This sign is extra wild because it's from an episode from 1998, 20 years before Disney actually acquired 21st Century Fox. And that's not the only real-life event The Simpsons predicted by far. This show is weirdly prescient.
The Ernest movies do usually take place in places that are easy to recreate cheaply. I can't wait for Ernest Goes to the DMV and Ernest Goes to My Mom's House.
Love this. "What would Jesus brew?" Honestly, probably the strongest coffee known to man. He had a stressful life. He probably needed that boost of caffeine to keep him going.
I mean, this sign is right. There's no other purpose for yearbooks other than capturing you at your most awkward. I have almost every yearbook at my parents' house from third grade through senior year of high school, and I'm surprised I haven't burned them yet. But sometimes it's nice to see how far you've come.
I feel like there's a hilarious backstory to this sign. I like the idea that people keep showing up at the Springfield Hall of Records being like, "This is the biggest pizza in the world!" or "Do you have the new Radiohead?" and the clerk having to be like, "We don't do that there."
I can't handle the idea of U2, the band, as a moving company. It's so funny. I'm dying thinking about Bono, in his sunglasses, picking up cardboard boxes of my plates and cups.
Oedipus Rx. This is genius. The show should have won an Emmy just for this joke. The added tag of "A Mom and
Pop Son Pharmacy" is just like the top of this perfectly constructed sundae.
This might be my favorite one in the whole list. They could have easily left the sign as "Fallout Boy Auditions here." They didn't have to add to it. But they took it to another level, one that was really unexpected but hilarious.
You can't beat "Donner's Party Supplies." It's not the most original joke in the world, but it's funny every time. And the added "Winter Madness Sale!" brings a whole other dimension to it.
Too funny. Kids are the worst, and all parents and teachers want to do is blame each other for their issues. The Simpsons nails jokes about every area of life. That's what makes it one of the most enduring comedies of all time.