The Best Nonsense Jokes in ‘Simpsons’ History

The most cromulent ‘Simpsons’ gags that defied all logic
The Best Nonsense Jokes in ‘Simpsons’ History

The Simpsons writers’ room may have been filled with every funny nerd Harvard University ever spat out, but the brainiacs never got in the way of what truly makes The Simpsons so great — nonsense.

If you polled a group of Simpsons fans on which characteristic they most associate with our protagonist Homer, “fat” or “stupid” are likely to be 1A and 1B among their answers. Stupidity is the lifeblood of The Simpsons  it’s what makes Homer episodes so great and Lisa episodes less great. Hand-in-hand with stupidity comes its brother nonsense, who provides the absurdist spin that both puzzles and excites us whenever we hear the word “embiggen.”

The Simpsons treats things like “logic” and “physics” as loose guidelines when building a gag, and over in the Simpsons subreddit, the superfans recently discussed which nonsense jokes are the greatest of the show’s entire run. Here are their picks…

“Donuts? I told you, I dont like ethnic food!”

“Im the first non-Brazillian person to travel Bbackwards through time!”

“The finger thing means the taxes!”

“So then I says to Mabel, I says—”

“Howd you take your underwear off without taking off your pants?”

Embiggens is a perfectly cromulent word

“Oh, they have the internet on computers now”

“My thumb must have covered up the Crayon every time!”

“Have you noticed any change in Bart?”

“Who can prevent forest fires?”

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