I'm a little slow today. I just switched to Sanka. So...have a heart?

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Bayeux Tapestry Joke?

Dear The Simpsons:

A Bayeux Tapestry joke in the opening sequence?

Methinks you're overestimating the intelligence of the general American public.

That is all.


Anonymous Chaotica said...

You got it, and I got it... but I'm Canadian...

6:13 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I think you under-estimate the sheer numbers of SCAdians and other history geeks out there.

6:50 PM

Blogger SuperBee said...

Yes. But that's not surprising. Canadians are smart.

7:13 PM

Blogger SuperBee said...

What's a SCAdian?

7:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A member of the SCA - the Society for Creative Anachronism. It was founded by Marion Zimmer Bradley and a bunch of her friends in San Francisco 40 years and now it has 30,000 paid members and several times that many unofficial members that hang around their events. They do medieval tournaments and that kind of thing.

They run the Pennsic War - a kind of medieval Burning Man every August in Pennsylvannia (actually it used to overlap with the Nevada Burning until they moved the dates up a week, which I think is kind of funny).

Besides the SCA, there are groups like The Vikings, Regia Anglorum, Markland Militia, etc. do that fighting re-enactment - kind of like the Civil War groups, but medieval. It's BIG. They would all get the joke.

5:07 AM

Anonymous DrBubbles said...

I'm American and this is my story: I'm completely uninvolved in any SCA-like activity, and although I'm a history buff now, I wasn't when I was 11, which is the age at which I learned of the Bayeux Tapestry. At the time I was an astronomy buff, and Halley's Comet is embroidered on the tapestry, which is how I came to know of it. Still, I hope I'm incorrect in my suspicion that the joke went over a large proportion of heads; but on the other hand, that's one of the things that makes Les Simpsons great. I still see new things in early eps.

5:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm American - in Ohio of all places - and I totally got it! ...but I was thinking "who cares if nobody else in America got it that opening totally rocked!"

Anyone who has taken Medieval History at University of Cincinnati knows the Bayeux Tapestry.

And here's my plug for my school...

9:45 AM

Blogger SuperBee said...

I'm actually more surprised that this many people read my blog... moreso than that people actually got that reference.

I'm like... a Golden God among the intelligent!

And now I am going to leap off the top of a house, into a pool.

12:04 PM

Blogger Rootietoot said...

*waves hand* (former SCAdian)

4:50 PM

Blogger SuperBee said...

Of course you are, RT. :) Did you watch the Simpsons last Sunday?

5:46 PM

Blogger Rootietoot said...

Ah...no, but y'aknow, being a Luddite and all, I'm usually knitting blankets for orphans on Sunday.

4:29 AM


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