Some pop culture just doesn't translate well to foreign audiences. Chinese viewers won't fully understand comedies filled with thick English wordplay, and Canada doesn't get Star Trek: The Next Generation because they don't recognize any non-Canadian starship captains. But sometimes the most unexpected pieces of American culture end up being inexplicably huge overseas, and you end up with weird situations like ...
7Spain Loves The Simpsons To An Almost Disturbing Degree
We're not embiggening the truth by claiming that Cracked wouldn't be as cromulent without The Simpsons. They taught an entire generation how to be snarky and, even though its popularity has waned, the show will continue to influence pop culture until the sun swallows the Earth and everyone turns yellow just before the end. But unlike the rest of the world and its adults, Spain, which the official Simpsons Wiki tells us is "a country in Europe," still latches onto The Simpsons as a major cultural touchstone and have refused to ever detach.
For example, fans of soccer team Rayo Vallecano abandoned their seats and staged a Simpsons-themed protest over the fact that their games were moved from Monday so that their popular rivals could get the more valuable TV time slot.
via Yahoo Sports UK
via Yahoo Sports UK
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Banners included Ralph Wiggum exclaiming, "I like Mondays, I am special," in either bad English or perfect Wiggum, and Otto complaining about the driving conditions on Mondays. Keep in mind that this occurred in 2014, well over a decade after The Simpsons stopped being a dominating force in the American zeitgeist.
But their protest only scratches the surface of how absurdly popular Los Simpsons are in Spain. Spaniards can eat donuts at Homer's Home, because the Mediterranean cares little for your so-called copyright laws:
"Mmm, trademark infringement."
Several of the donuts are also inspired by the show's characters, which means that you can finally live out that lifelong dream of taking Marge out and then eating her.
"Mmm, sexual innuendo."
You can also go to, uh, Krasty Burger, although hopefully their health standards are higher than the fictional restaurant they're (not officially) aping:
And it's not just food and drink of questionable quality and legality. A Spanish comedy show once did a live-action riff on The Simpsons, and now you too can see these nightmarish yellow death masks every time you close your eyes.
There are no signs of Simpsons mania waning in Spain any time soon, which might mean it'll be the show's only fan base in a few seasons. So look forward to a 17-episode arc set in Madrid during Season 32.
6Baby's Day Out Is The Star Wars Of India, And They Keep Remaking It
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The 1994 masterpiece Baby's Day Out is basically Home Alone if Macaulay Culkin couldn't walk or speak and kept catastrophically injuring the Wet Bandits completely by accident: A wealthy New York family's baby gets kidnapped, he escapes, and (spoiler alert) shenanigans ensue. Also like Home Alone, it was written by John Hughes, who clearly had some scary gambling debts to pay off.
It's dumb and forgettable -- unless you happen to be one of its many, many Indian fans. According to Roger Ebert, while visiting a movie theater in Calcutta he asked if Star Wars had been their most successful American film, and was told, "Nay. That honor belongs to Baby's Day Out." The theater Ebert visited had been playing it for more than a year, because something about the constant imperilment of an infant really speaks to the working class of India.
Its inexplicable success earned it not one but two Indian remakes. The first, Sisindri, is a staggering two hours and 11 minutes long, because the antics of a baby going places a baby normally should not go simply cannot be done justice by a mere 90-minute narrative.
It was then remade again under the name of, uh, James Bond, because India is where copyright law goes when it wants to just get away for the weekend. And before you ask, yes, it absolutely has several musical numbers:
It's unclear at what point 007 comes in, though it's still a better Bond movie than Spectre.