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The Simpsons did it first, as the adage goes, and now an Australian fan wants to put one of the show’s older jokes to good use and help his country’s economy.
A Change.org petition recently started by Thomas Probst calls to change the name of Australian currency from the Australian Dollar to “Dollarydoos,” a joke from a 1995 episode of The Simpsons in which Bart makes a collect call to Down Under because he doesn’t believe their toilets flush the opposite way.
The unsuspecting Australian youth who accepts the long-distance call gets in trouble with his dad for the massive phone bill.
Probst believes that bit is the answer to a struggling Australian economy, according to the petition.
“This will make millions of people around the world want to get their hands on some Australian currency due to the real life Simpsons reference, driving up the value of the Australian currency,” Probst said in the intro of the petition. “If the leaders of this great nation have any common sense at all, they will introduce legislation to parliament to change the name of our currency as soon as possible.”
So far, the petition has gained more than 17,000 signatures.
People from around the world, and numerous in Australia, have lent their name to the effort and some have left sincere messages with their vote.
“I’m signing this because I believe that, in modern society, there are no longer battles won by the ‘small guy,’ ” wrote Lucas Hodgson of Australia. “I believe that due to the inherent nature of capitalistic elitism and the forever diminishing values of true democracy, there is now, more than ever, a very minute chance for that ‘small guy’ to win. Here presents an exquisite opportunity to break that paradigm and show that all Australians are capable of, and deserve, having a chance of success in this cruel and harsh reality.”
When informed about the petition by THR, Al Jean, showrunner for The Simpsons joked, “All Fox asks is a 10 percent commission.”
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