Man sets Guinness World Record thanks to his multiple Homer Simpson tattoos

Man sets Guinness World Record thanks to his multiple Homer Simpson tattoos

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, July 21 (UPI) --New Zealand man Lee Weir has set the record for "the most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body" thanks to his Homer Simpson tattoos.
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Homer Simpson, Road Runner point out crooks' cars to police

LIVERPOOL, England, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- British police said the ability to personalize alert tones on license plate scanners allows cartoon characters including Homer Simpson to help catch crooks.
WGN anchor Dan Ponce has laugh attack during 'alligator for beer' report

WGN anchor Dan Ponce has laugh attack during 'alligator for beer' report

Dec. 18 (UPI) -- "Alligator for beer" report is too much for WGN anchor Dan Ponce.
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Rajoy chided, mocked for Mandela tribute comment

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister said Nelson Mandela's memorial service had extra emotion because it was held in the soccer stadium where Spain won the FIFA World Cup.
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Seth MacFarlane to voice a character on 'The Simpsons'

Seth MacFarlane to voice a character on 'The Simpsons'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is to lend his voice to a character on the animated American TV series, "The Simpsons," Fox announced.

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has at least two votes from Springfield, the cartoon town where "The Simpsons" live.

Homer Simpson votes for Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Homer Simpson, the animated star of Matt Groening's "The Simpsons," voted for Mitt Romney in an online promotional clip for the show's new season.
'Simpsons' Springfield location revealed

'Simpsons' Springfield location revealed

SPRINGFIELD, Ore., April 11 (UPI) -- The creator of "The Simpsons" said the city where his TV family lives is named after Springfield, Ore. -- a state Homer Simpson called "California's toupee."
Laurel, Hardy foil inspired Homer Simpson

Laurel, Hardy foil inspired Homer Simpson

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The DNA of "The Simpsons" reaches as far back as the classic films of Laurel and Hardy, the creators said on the eve of the show's 500th episode.
'Simpsons' episodes pulled after quake

'Simpsons' episodes pulled after quake

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (UPI) -- An executive producer of "The Simpsons" says he understands why some TV networks are pulling episodes of the U.S. show that refer to nuclear disaster.

Losing a gene makes mice remember

ATLANTA, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Deleting a certain gene in mice can improve learning and memory by unlocking a mysterious area of the brain though to be inflexible, U.S. researchers say.
'Simpsons' GPS leads writer astray

'Simpsons' GPS leads writer astray

PEABODY, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A writer for "The Simpsons" said a satellite navigator outfitted with Homer Simpson's voice took him and his wife on an accidental trip to a Massachusetts city.
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Homer Simpson
"The Simpsons Movie" producer Matt Groening (C) waves to the crowd while lined up with the characters from his television show and movie at the hometown premier of The Simpsons Movie at the Springfield Movie Theater in Springfield, Vermont on July 21, 2007. From left are Lisa Simpson, Homer Simpson, Matt Groening, Marge Simpson, Maggie Simson, and Bart Simpson. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey)

Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional main character in the animated television series The Simpsons and the father of the eponymous family. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and first appeared on television, along with the rest of his family, in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Homer was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. Groening had been called to pitch a series of shorts based on his comic strip Life in Hell but instead decided to create a new set of characters. He named the character after his father, Homer Groening. After appearing for three seasons on The Tracey Ullman Show, the Simpson family got their own series on Fox that debuted December 17, 1989.

Homer and his wife, Marge, have three children: Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. As the family's provider, he works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Homer embodies several American working class stereotypes: he is crude, overweight, incompetent, clumsy, lazy and ignorant; however, he is essentially a decent man and fiercely devoted to his family. Despite the suburban blue-collar routine of his life, he has had a number of remarkable experiences.

In the shorts and earlier episodes, Castellaneta voiced Homer with a loose impression of Walter Matthau; however, during the second and third seasons of the half-hour show, Homer's voice evolved to become more robust, to allow the expression of a fuller range of emotions. He has appeared in other media relating to The Simpsons – including video games, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons Ride, commercials and comic books – and inspired an entire line of merchandise. His catchphrase, the annoyed grunt "D'oh!", has been included in The New Oxford Dictionary of English since 1998 and the Oxford English Dictionary since 2001.

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