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It turns out Springfield is in Oregon — as well as every other state, to boot.
A mini-furor broke out last week after Matt Groening gave an interview to Smithsonian Magazine in which he said that he had named the fictional town at the center of The Simpsons‘ world after Springfield, Oregon, which bordered his hometown of Portland.
Many took that to mean that cartoon Springfield was a representation of Oregon’s town of the same name — geographic and demographic considerations were parsed in web forums — even though he made clear that it wasn’t.
“In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.’ And they do,” he said.
Still, with confusion still reigning, the show’s producers took it one step further with a blackboard nod to those perpetuating the misinformation.
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