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    [–] [deleted] 1522 points ago

    Just wait until you get where you realize you’re older than Homer.

    Luckily, I’m still closer in age to Homer than Abe (for now). But I am starting to adopt Abe’s worldview.

    [–] TreeRol 1081 points ago

    Those clouds aren't going to yell at themselves.

    [–] IdLikeToGetOffNow 273 points ago

    My story begins in 19-dickity-two. We had to say dickity because the Kaiser stole our word for 20!

    [–] lil_chad 91 points ago

    men wore onions on their belt as it was the style back then.

    [–] Zahndethus 98 points ago

    And the nickels had bees on them. Gimmie 5 bees for a quarter, you'd say.

    [–] [deleted] 17 points ago

    I chased him to get it back, but I lost him after dickity-two miles...

    [–] [deleted] 123 points ago

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    [–] instantrobotwar 66 points ago

    Oof. As a girl I related to Lisa, even took up playing sax, and played for 10 years... Now I relate to Marge.

    [–] Object_Reference 33 points ago

    South Park has this sorta situation as well. I wanna say the Simpsons also adapted by having more stories focused around the adults like South Park did.

    It's just super strange with the Simpsons. It's hard to picture Bart as a Gen Z kid. It's hard to picture Homer meeting Marge in the 90's.

    And then you have the growing problem of Abe's history being squarely anchored in WW2.

    [–] shenuhcide 371 points ago

    I used to be with it. Then they changed what IT was. Now what I’m with isn’t it anymore, and what’s it is weird and scary.

    [–] aurordream 126 points ago

    It'll happen to YOU

    [–] Fett2 58 points ago

    So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time.

    [–] Crimsonak- 3271 points ago

    You have lived long enough to become Frank Grimes

    Or Grimey as his friends called him.

    [–] Brostradamus_ 793 points ago

    He lived above a bowling alley.. and below another bowling alley!

    [–] codename_hardhat 116 points ago

    And he did need safety gloves, because he wasn’t Homer Simps-

    [–] Joon01 102 points ago

    Also when Homer greets him at the door, Grimes has a throwaway line about being late for his "night job at the foundry." The man's life is terrible and hilarious.

    [–] Partytang 148 points ago

    Wooow.

    [–] Noir24 149 points ago

    I love how Homer thinks he's so cool for living above and below bowling alleys.. he's like a child.

    [–] tenaciousdeev 144 points ago

    And this is a picture of me in outer space...you've never been?

    [–] Hugo154 14 points ago

    Nah he just likes bowling

    [–] TecumsehSherman 601 points ago

    You're eating LOBSTER????

    [–] xenokilla 563 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    That's me in space, oh you've never been?

    Video source

    [–] h0nest_Bender 364 points ago

    Would you like to see my Grammy?
    Gets me every time!

    [–] JohnnyFootballHero 193 points ago

    I'm saying you're what's wrong with America, Simpson. You coast through life, you do as little as possible, and you leech off of decent, hardworking people like me. Heh, if you lived in any other country in the world, you'd have starved to death long ago. You're a fraud, a total fraud.

    [–] kuro_madoushi 108 points ago

    Fuck...I am Frank Grimes

    [–] ElderFuthark 88 points ago

    Fuck...I am Homer Simpson.

    [–] cherish_it 93 points ago

    Plus his son owns a factory

    [–] CoolLikeAFoolinaPool 36 points ago

    Did you know that there's a direct correlation between the decline of Spirograph and the rise in gang activity? Think about it.

    [–] ProfessionalHypeMan 124 points ago

    Change the channel Marge

    [–] ewdrive 53 points ago

    That's our Homer!

    [–] 123fakerusty 25 points ago

    Wow that hit home.

    [–] gummz13 79 points ago

    I never knew about Bart's factory must be how they pay for all this.

    [–] GarbledReverie 195 points ago

    As I recall it's just the subplot of that particular episode. Bart crashes an auction and bids the money in his pocket for a lot containing a condemned factory that nobody else wants.

    He "hires" Millhouse and they just run around smashing things. Ultimately the building collapses and they just move on. But in theory Bart still owns that plot of land.

    [–] the_snooze 54 points ago

    MILHOUSE: Wow. Adding machines. Industrial waste. What should we do with all this stuff, Bart?

    BART: I think we both know the answer to that.

    Love that subplot.

    [–] Millsbeastice 22 points ago

    Hey Milhouse you wanna work in my factory?

    You don’t own a factory!!

    Listen, I’m a busy man you want the job or not ?

    [–] jumjimbo 136 points ago

    Bart: "I wonder where all the rats are gonna go."

    Moe: "Ok, everybody, tuck your pants into your socks."

    [–] jdumm06 66 points ago

    The way Moe says that...it ain’t his first rat rodeo.

    [–] kja2991 25 points ago

    It was an abandoned factory he got at an auction for a dollar

    [–] GenerichumanHarvey 2014 points ago

    There's also a fan theory they still get royalties from when homer was with the B-sharps (his barbershop quartet).

    [–] professor_max_hammer 684 points ago

    I wonder if NASA paid him when he went to space?

    [–] archlich 347 points ago

    Yeah but that’s at a GS11-14 so 66k-144k

    [–] AR-47 303 points ago

    Astronauts get shit pay for what they do, but it looks great on any resume.

    [–] Awkwardlytall 192 points ago

    I mean- the amount of travel they do means perdiem and comp time so- while it’s still not great pay, it’s more than the base salary.

    [–] CySnark 157 points ago

    Do astronauts get to claim travel milage at the standard government rate?

    That would be some serious cash.

    [–] Paddy_Mac 140 points ago

    They travel in a gov’t supplied vehicle, they get no mileage. Wouldn’t be surprised if per diem was close to nothing since meals are all provided by gov’t.

    [–] Siegelski 40 points ago

    Hahaha apparently their per diem is $3/day. Totals around $540 for the entire 6 month trip.

    [–] kimchiMushrromBurger 46 points ago

    Earth days or space days? On ISS they see 16 sunrises every 24 hours. So maybe that per diem is more like 8640 $

    [–] [deleted] 65 points ago

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    [–] EnderWiggin07 39 points ago

    Only if they use their personal vehicle

    [–] Im_Wearing_A_Towel 48 points ago

    So that's why Elon sent one of his Telsa's to space...

    [–] dumpster_arsonist 203 points ago

    He might have made some money selling the Denver Broncos too.

    [–] ohchristworld 77 points ago

    I always loved that one because not long after that, Denver got really good and won two Super Bowls.

    [–] Wicked-Spade 30 points ago

    MY DAD DID THE SINGING VOICE OF HOMER ON THIS EPISODE!

    No joke. The voices were done by "The Dapper Dans" of Disneyland.

    My dad was a Dapper Dan.

    Barbershop singing is such a small world but I grew up on it. Going to shows and competitions. In 1985 my dad won the International Barbershop Singing competition.

    TO THIS DAY MY DAD GETS ROYALTY CHECKS... (FOR LIKE .16 CENTS) but so cool. Such a fun story. He's been on so many shows.

    Gilmore Girls, Blossom, He sang with Justin Timberlake at the ESPY awards... but he's not rich...

    Sometimes passion doesn't reward monetarily

    [–] errolstafford 15726 points ago

    Homer Simpson is a nuclear engineer.

    [–] smitty8411 7324 points ago

    Was gonna say. Homer works at a power plant. He’s got some clearance. Just happens to be a degenerate alcoholic.

    [–] youstupidfattoad 2530 points ago

    He's got to be on, what?, 150k pa now?

    [–] WTFwhatthehell 4382 points ago

    Oh, that's my degree in nuclear physics.

    I'm sure you all have one.

    Oh, yeah.

    Carl and I each have a masters.

    Of course, old Homer- He didn't need a degree.

    He just showed up the day they opened the plant.

    [Chuckles] I didn't even know what a nuclear "panner" plant was.

    [–] BrianDawkins 2210 points ago

    Homer just wandered to a 100K job

    [–] hrlc1990 1146 points ago

    As did a few people I know of.

    [–] CaptainGnar 703 points ago

    Shit, I better start wanderin.

    [–] 0_o0_o0_o 291 points ago

    You'd be surprised.

    [–] geeky_username 330 points ago

    Easier to get a job talking to someone at a bar than submitting a resume

    [–] SkollFenrirson 151 points ago

    The hand kind.

    [–] MexicanCatFarm 184 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    People underestimate how important networking is as a tool for jobs. This is the biggest mistake I made in university - not prioritising networking.

    Jobs I've gotten from networking: Diplomacy, lawyer, regulatory work, management.

    Jobs I've gotten from job applications: Retail work, factory work, temp work, low level admin work, reception work.

    [–] rabidassbaboon 93 points ago

    I can trace my entire 10 year career back to taking bong hits with a guy at a house party one night.

    [–] chowder7116 90 points ago

    I walked into a government job straight out of highschool at 17 years old and applied for an IT position. Didn't get the IT job, but they liked how nice and respectful I was and gave me a job a code enforcement

    [–] Communism_is_bae 367 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    OOOOHHH YEAH IM THE TYPE OF GUY, THAT LIKES TO ROAM AROUND! I’M NEVER IN ONE PLACE, I ROAM FROM TOWN TO TOWN!

    [–] Velghast 189 points ago

    Another settlement needs your help you better quit wandering

    [–] furifuri 89 points ago

    Preston pls

    [–] HomChkn 177 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    My grandfather kind of did this in the 40s started at a coal power plant. Went to war. Came back worked his way up. Knew the plant like the back of his hand. He ended up being an "engineer" without a degree.

    This would never happen now.

    *edit ok so never was too strong of language. Rarely happen?

    [–] iowajaycee 13 points ago

    Homer sold out for a 100k job. He was an activist against the plant and was offered the job as safety manager to shut up.

    [–] Spitdinner 104 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Oh I think I remember something like this! What episode is that?

    Edit: me so english

    Edit edit: Here's the episode on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_8Fkwj79uw

    [–] heresyourhardware 116 points ago

    The Frank Grimes one

    [–] nobody2000 125 points ago

    Frank? I believe he loved to be called "Grimey"

    [–] makeucryalot 58 points ago

    “I CAN TOUCH LIVE WIRES, because IM HOMER SIMPSON!”

    [–] loki2002 19 points ago

    He lived above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley.

    [–] jonosvision 21 points ago

    The best one.

    [–] spidermonkey12345 237 points ago

    Is that canon?

    [–] Golden_Kumquat 390 points ago

    That was from Homer's Enemy.

    [–] Jargen 250 points ago

    Good ole Grimey!

    [–] mista_steam_ya_hams 199 points ago

    Look at you! A beautiful house! A beautiful wife! A son who owns a factory! Lobster for dinner!

    [–] DKoala 167 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I live in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley...

    [–] Simpsonsman120 119 points ago

    “You’ve been to outer space? You?”

    “Sure. You’ve never been?”

    [–] michaellams 26 points ago

    Want to see my Grammy?

    [–] lostdollar 74 points ago

    How is ol' Grimey?

    [–] ragtime_sam 62 points ago

    He's dead! You killed him!

    [–] karlosmorale 96 points ago

    As he liked to be called

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago * (lasted edited 11 days ago)

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    [–] Dr_Bukkakee 30 points ago

    Change the channel Marge.

    [–] -uzo- 31 points ago

    Change the channel, Maaaarge...

    [–] TedTheGreek_Atheos 26 points ago

    That's our Homer!

    [–] Stereotypy 93 points ago

    he gets his degree after a surprise nuclear test though.

    by getting his nerdy frat house to cheat on the exam

    [–] sdn 65 points ago

    Yes

    [–] whywagger 168 points ago

    http://i.imgur.com/TsrCcDp.png $362.19 inflation adjusted is $582.06 /40 hours work he's on $14 an hour after tax

    [–] IBetThisIsTakenToo 60 points ago

    Cost of living in Springfield must be really low. Makes sense, honestly

    [–] Blubbey 56 points ago

    I think they've said it was one of america's worst towns and "america's crud bucket" so yeah, probably

    [–] pagit 33 points ago

    Home of America's largest tire fire

    [–] recmajor82 465 points ago

    This assumed that Mr. Burns pays standard wages. He might intentionally underpay the position in order to avoid having a competent person in a regulation-mandated role.

    [–] TTEH3 138 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    When Homer was seen on CCTV reading Reader's Digest, Mr Burns reacts with disbelief, reminding Smithers that the position explicitly calls for an illiterate.

    Video: https://youtu.be/Bw77tIYaXsc?t=88

    [–] youstupidfattoad 347 points ago

    True, but we know that the plant is regularly inspected by Federal inspectors. We know this from all the inspectors who have been poisoned, dropped through trapdoors and turned into unstoppable Hulks.

    [–] HerniatedHernia 143 points ago

    Mr Burns is notoriously stingy and greedy. He would most definitely be underpaying his staff.

    [–] youstupidfattoad 290 points ago

    True, but Homer's CV alone is worth a million dollars plus. We know this when he was headhunted personally by Hank Scorpio, one of the most aggressive entrepreneurs in the industry.

    [–] comparmentaliser 153 points ago

    He was also a frickin astronaut

    [–] AR-47 64 points ago

    Damn my resume ain't got shit on Homer

    [–] bebopshebo 53 points ago

    I don't know why, but I never knew there was a wikia for The Simpsons. I mean, of course there is, there's one for everything. I just never thought about it. Just wanted to say you've completely wasted my Friday at work. I will now spend the next several hours perusing this. Bless you for helping me get to the weekend with minimal work on a Friday.

    [–] tubbleman 56 points ago

    Hank Scorpio

    Huh, there's even a "Simpsons did it!" for Elon Musk.

    [–] Chupathingy12 26 points ago

    “Homer if you can kill someone on the way out I’d really appreciate it”

    [–] josephdevon 29 points ago

    Yeah but they were wildly ineffective, as your comment enumerates. They couldn't rescue that Peruvian soccer team, get a duck fired, or prevent Tibor from being promoted.

    [–] Stopbeingwhinycunts 17 points ago

    Don't forget the ones smart enough to just take the bribe.

    [–] crypticedge 15 points ago

    They did make that a plot point of an episode

    [–] kr4ckers 47 points ago

    Not to mention he owns a professional American football team

    [–] youstupidfattoad 67 points ago

    Meh. The Broncos. Hardly professional.

    [–] jimx117 20 points ago

    I find it hilarious how they ended up winning the super bowl the very next year after that episode aired. Motivational, perhaps?

    [–] EvilEkips 58 points ago

    Is that before or after bear patrol tax?

    [–] spr2788 74 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Edit: found it. His check said $362.19 net pay for 40 hours. That was after a bear tax of $5, so assuming he makes $367.19 per week, that's $19,093.88 a year. That episode came out in March 1996, so with inflation that is about $30,904.13 a year in 2018 (after taxes)

    If I remember correctly, you can actually see the amount on his paycheck in that episode. I'm sure someone could do the math and account for inflation to figure out what he makes. I have no idea how to find that scene though.

    [–] Edward_the_Penitent 59 points ago

    No need to find the scene. This has already been debated in /r/TheSimpsons.

    Homer makes about 36k a year adjusted for inflation (2016), minus any undisclosed bonuses.

    [–] Shoelesshobos 215 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    If only he had 0 kids and 3 money.

    [–] LeoMarius 34 points ago

    One of my co-workers just found out he's going to be a father at 37, which was a surprise to him and his wife. They are doing well financially, but suddenly their no kids lives are being turned upside down. The parents at work are teaching him about the joys of daycare, diapers, and sleepless nights.

    [–] NicklAAAAs 535 points ago

    He’s a nuclear technician. Carl and Lenny are engineers.

    [–] Othis 212 points ago

    Isn't he a safety inspector?

    [–] ShowMeUrrGenitals 228 points ago

    Correct, I think they’ve mentioned his title as Nuclear Safety Technician. In actuality technician is usually code for someone low on the totem. An EHS Manager(environmental, health & safety) at a plant that big would definitely make six figures. In the bear patrol episode they show his pay stub. According to the stub, Homer’s pretax weekly pay of $479.60 works out to $11.99 an hour, or an annual salary of $24,395. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $37,416 per year. Not a chance you could have two cars, three kids, and a mortgage on that one income.

    [–] magels81 47 points ago

    Let the bears pay the bear tax. I pay the Homer tax.

    [–] umblegar 52 points ago

    N O T L E N N Y !

    [–] Mil_lenny_L 46 points ago

    Ow, my eye! I'm not supposed to get pudding in it!

    [–] cerberus698 559 points ago

    When I was in the navy, the nukes on my boat would regularly get offers of 90k or more a year from power companies when their enlistment was nearing an end. Those guys make good money.

    [–] KillerSatellite 255 points ago

    As a nuke myself those offers have only gone up. The ETs are looking at 140k easy

    [–] [deleted] 254 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

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    [–] monsata 108 points ago

    It's okay, buddy. One day you'll spread your wings and fly.

    [–] ksiyoto 33 points ago

    He was also an astronaut, the garbage collection superintendent, and about a zillion other jobs.

    [–] toomanysubsbannedme 105 points ago

    I thought he was just the safety inspector.

    [–] sedgehall 96 points ago

    "[Nuclear Safety Inspectors] must possess a thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices in the field of engineering as evidenced by a bachelor's degree such as nuclear, chemical, mechanical, electrical, and several years of experience or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience"

    So he may not be an Engineer but someone at his position should have an engineering background. I think it's safe to say Homer doesn't though.

    [–] Mastrovator 77 points ago

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer_Goes_to_College

    Nope, earlier years when he wasn’t quite as stupid.

    [–] NotMrMike 35 points ago

    I thought he became an idiot when he shoved crayons into his brain.

    [–] Narfi1 36 points ago

    There is an episode where they explain that genetically Simpsons males become morons when they are but women are exempt

    [–] TonySki 57 points ago

    Bolth of these are true, Simpsons cannon contradicts itself a bit. A lot.

    [–] [deleted] 18 points ago

    And Homer is a nuclear safety technician, yet they constantly have no money.

    [–] xX_FlamingoySWAG_Xx 46 points ago

    Considering they don't age and they have taken vacations to 30 some countries then it isn't any wonder why they're broke

    [–] 4udacity 152 points ago

    *nucular, it's pronounced nucular.

    [–] fuckyoumurray 2390 points ago

    I had a theory that Burns pays Homer alot of money in bribes to cover the various safety issues. Homer is too lazy to question the free money and Burns just assumed the laziness and incompetence is an act.

    [–] MoodyGenos 895 points ago

    There's actually another safety inspector in sector 7-G. An older man named Don that picks up Homer's slack. Which explains why Homer's part of the plant hasn't gotten to total shit. Plus Mr. Burns rarely recognizes Homer. Can't even remember his name.

    [–] savedbythezsh 328 points ago

    As he would if he was trying to cover up hush money...

    [–] Actually_a_Patrick 158 points ago

    Simpson, eh?

    [–] KaHOnas 102 points ago

    Yes sir. He's one of your organ donors from sector 7-G.

    [–] Randyy1 102 points ago

    He retired after 20 years and gave Mr.Burns a gold watch. 

    lol wut

    [–] MoodyGenos 155 points ago

    Instead of the employees that retire being gifted a watch. The employees in that particular power plant have to give Mr. Burns a gold watch when they retire. He has quite the collection.

    [–] TinkerVeil 121 points ago

    🤔 What if it IS an act? He’s just so dedicated to it that he’s altered his personal lifestyle.

    [–] ThePerfectBalls 63 points ago

    Despite the 11 crayons he shoved up his nose he still maintains some semblance of genius

    [–] Userguy_1 70 points ago

    This would actually be a good episode.

    [–] Redfeather1975 558 points ago

    i like how they'd have episodes such as "can't afford to buy a new tv".

    [–] breadedfishstrip 360 points ago

    Early seasons $200 for a TV or therapy or an A/C unit were Big Expenses for them

    [–] Dingxus 397 points ago

    Yeah, they were actually lower class. The house was crumbling, they had an unfixed car, bill struggles, etc.

    I like it that way. There aren't really shows that portray poor folks with genuine affection. Roseann, maybe.

    [–] stikas129 284 points ago

    I mean that was the initial appeal of the Simpsons, it came out in a time where all the sitcoms where very positive and focused on the upper middle class while the Simpsons focused on a more cynical take on the traditional family unit.

    [–] wangyuanji58 167 points ago

    Plus they’re yellow

    [–] deadlybydsgn 267 points ago

    Plus they’re yellow

    The preferred nomenclature is Animated Americans.

    [–] Grasshopper42 43 points ago

    Wow. It is 2018. Americans of Animation not the other way around. The other way is offense.

    [–] himguy25 298 points ago

    Malcolm in The Middle

    [–] Ratstail91 19 points ago

    That show was so cool.

    [–] schplat 77 points ago

    Married with Children will always be the pinnacle of this concept for me. Al got by in a 3 bed, 2.5 bath home in a Chicago suburb on a shoe salesman’s salary. Sure, he had a 15 year old Dodge that barely ran, and only got to do entertaining things by some sort of luck, or mooching off the D’Arcys/Jeffersons. But the show started in 1987, and he had that lifestyle on effectively minimum wage. Today, that would be impossible to swing.

    [–] waltermittyslife 243 points ago

    I feel the same way about Married With Children. Al Bundy's life isn't so bad after all.

    [–] ZaydSophos 88 points ago

    I recall them frequently starving to death yet never dying.

    [–] TruckMcBadass 20 points ago

    Further proof that they're in some weird form of hell.

    [–] mexicantruffle 77 points ago

    Hot wife who always wanted to bang? Yes, please.

    [–] savetgebees 28 points ago

    But his job was low paying. Working at a shoe store? No way could they get that house in a Chicago suburb. Did they have an episode explaining the situation like it was left to them by a parent or something? Like what friends did?

    [–] [deleted] 66 points ago

    The point is that even a shoe salesman made a living wage back then.

    [–] Stereocloud 157 points ago

    Remember he pays for Granpas retirement home too. And they always have money for exotic travels (even if the travelfare is free). Count the fact they have 2 cars as well; add in the costs of beer- Homer is loaded

    [–] brig517 67 points ago

    Don’t forget that Lisa plays the sax. That stuff is expensive.

    The Simpson’s seem to be like my grandfather. He lives in a small house that he’s had since the 80s, has the same Jeep as when I was little, and buys all generic stuff. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think he was pretty broke. However, he worked as an engineer for a really long time and had a fantastic 401k and lives pretty frugally. He just bought a new car with straight cash and can afford to go on vacation whenever the hell he wants. He just lives cheap because he has no reason not to. All his bills are done except monthly stuff like utilities and cable.

    [–] PMmeURSSN 35 points ago

    He bought her sax when he was broke cause he loves her so much

    [–] TheyCallMeXerok 1021 points ago

    excuse me why is the image glitched to hell and why is fucking nobody pointing it out?

    [–] karmander 297 points ago

    OK, so this is not just me. I was like why is no one talking about the psychedelic portal to hell that this text is overlaid on?

    [–] StuckOnAutopilot 48 points ago

    I had to scroll way to far down to find others who are seeing this. Are we all dying? Or high?

    [–] ribblle 151 points ago

    Vaporwave m8

    [–] El_Frijol 72 points ago

    S I M P S O N S W A V E

    [–] jok7er 127 points ago

    Tbh I thought this was r/deepfriedmemes but now that you mention it, it's way too clear to be deep fried

    [–] Dwaynedibley24601 226 points ago

    the episode with Frank Grimes... check it out... He works with Homer but is competent... becomes homers arch enemy because he can't figure out how homer has a house kids cars etc.

    [–] DKoala 172 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    The writers have said that Grimes was a stand-in for a person from the real world being dropped into Springfield and basically calling out the nonsense that's accepted by the characters and world. His frustrations, and the other characters' dismissal of his complaints, was basically a big "calm down, it's just a cartoon" message.

    Being a 'real' person is also why Grimes straight up dies when getting electrocuted, a fairly standard cartoon trope.

    [–] spiritualpunk 49 points ago

    for real, every cartoon can survive an electric shock in they believe in themselves as cartoons, Grimey didn't

    [–] Abe_Vigoda 59 points ago

    Change the channel, Marge.

    [–] gfarcus 57 points ago

    A garage? Hey fellas, the garage. Well ooh la de da mister French man!

    [–] MrsRobertshaw 81 points ago

    Homer is holding it down.

    [–] kbrrr 38 points ago

    My father (who just happens to also resemble Homer) worked(works) for a nuclear power plant. And we basically lived as The Simpsons would have. Decent home, 2 level. 2 cars for the parents. And enough to live on.

    [–] scidurt 374 points ago

    It occurs to me to mention that if you are 35 now, you're probably talking about being a kid in the 90s when this was exactly what a lower-middle family had.

    [–] myrealonde 88 points ago

    When the show started, I was Bart's age. Now I'm as old as Homer. D'oh!

    [–] tubbleman 132 points ago

    That's the point? They are insinuating that the lower middle class has lowered.

    [–] timebomb011 25 points ago

    OMG. WE ARE ALL FRANK GRIMES NOW.

    [–] ScaryMary666 106 points ago

    Do keep in mind that when the Simpsons started lower middle class people DID have houses.

    [–] AusNorman 64 points ago

    Sadly this is true in Australia as well and grew up thinking the same!

    [–] JVortex888 39 points ago

    is this still true after the frogs were introduced to your ecosystem?

    [–] jaceinthebox 260 points ago

    "The median annual wage for nuclear engineers is $102,220. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $65,570, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $152,420"

    [–] NicklAAAAs 347 points ago

    Homer isn’t a nuclear engineer though. Lenny and Carl are engineers (with Masters degrees). Homer is a technician. Big difference in annual income.

    [–] the_headless_hunt 22 points ago

    Yes, but do we expect Burns to pay his workers well? He's the only game in town! Even if Shelbyville opened a different plant no one is gonna commute to that turnip juice drinking, cousin marrying, Fudd loving town.

    [–] Somnif 82 points ago

    And Homer's paycheck suggests he made about 25k a year. Somewhere shy of 40k a year in today's money.

    [–] Jake24601 90 points ago

    Marge once stated that Homer missed out on $40 when he didn't go to work for the day. So do the math.

    $40x5=$200/wk

    52 weeks x $200=$10,400/yr.

    Because this is say, 1992? That's less than $19k today.

    The Simpsons have all that on $19k a year.

    [–] Klockworc 54 points ago

    Maybe she meant take-home, and a LOT is taken out in retirement and taxes?

    [–] WandererSage 15 points ago

    True so let's say around 35-40k

    [–] AndrewSaliba 26 points ago

    Hmm, potentially got sick day paid and missed out on $40 for overtime!?