Is the Land of Lincoln also the home of Homer Simpson? You betcha! And I can prove it ...
Drive west down North Grand Avenue. On the left hand of the street, just across from Monument Avenue, there is a ... you guessed it ... monument. It's basically a large, wooden sign that features an Abraham Lincoln quote. It says:
The first time I saw that sign, I thought ... "It will become all one thing? What the hell does that mean? What will become all one thing? That doesn't even make sense." It puzzled me ... until I saw the Simpsons.
There's an episode entitled "Lisa the Iconoclast" that introduces the character "Jebediah Springfield." In that episode, we learn that Springfield's town motto is written on a monument. That motto?
So now, everytime I drive down North Grand, I see that sign and think ... you just know Matt Groening had to visit Springfield, Illinois at some point ... and when he did, he must've seen that sign. Drive past yourself and take a look.
The schoolyard's up and the shopping mall's down
The stray dogs go to the animal pound
New York, New York!
New York is that-a-way, man!
It's a hell of a...toooown!
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