Remember those cool-ass Simpsons stamps that I was raving about two years ago? Well it turns out the Postal Service completely misjudged the popularity of The Simpsons Franchise by about, oh, seven hundred million.
According to Bloomberg, all those beautiful, beautiful stamps are now just sitting in a stamp warehouse somewhere waiting to be disposed of, which is a real tragedy:
Bloomberg's Dominic Chu reports that the money-losing U.S. Postal Service guessed that TV cartoon character Homer Simpson and his family were twice as popular as Elvis Presley when it came to sales of commemorative stamps. The service produced 1 billion of "The Simpsons " stamps and sold 318 million with the remainder being disposed at a loss.
It was only a matter of time before tween heartthrob Justin Bieber did a guest voice for The Simpsons. And now the inevitable has become reality, and the show's producers are surely confident it'll give them a huge ratings boost. It didn't work last time with Lady Gaga - just the opposite, in fact - but, dog gone it, they're nothing if not persistent.
The Biebster tweeted the news himself earlier this evening. Here's his Tweet, embedded below...
Hey, uh, do you own that pair of slippers that look like Homer's face? Are you perhaps wearing them right now?? Well, you'll no doubt be thrilled to learn they were produced with state-sponsored Chinese slave labor.
Al-Jazeera has a 30-minute documentary on their site (use YouTube if it's not loading) that uncovers how China throws political and religious dissidents into prison camps and forces them to manufacture consumer goods. It specifically highlights these Homer slippers, which were manufactured in Nanjing Prison near Shanghai for the New Jersey company SG Footwear. The company claimed (via Fox for some inexplicable reason) "it has never knowingly utilized involuntary labor." Ha ha not only do they not deny it but they made their comment through a second company. Anyway, just something to think about next time your browsing the novelty slipper aisle at your local shoe store.
[Al Jazeera via Tumblr]
We've made fun of episode titles in the past for being exceptionally lazy or recycled puns, but at least those took a modicum of effort and at least ten seconds to come up with. This one, however, takes the cake: