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Art Imitates Life?

1:05 PM, Dec 31, 2007 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
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All of you who have seen The Simpsons movie will immediately recognize what this looks like. It appears to be a near copy of the manure silo for the Simpson family pig that Homer dumped into Lake Springfield. If you all remember, the Lake was already on the verge of ecological meltdown due to excessive pollutants, and all dumping was forbidden. Homer ignored the local ordnance and dumped the bin into the lake because he was on his afraid the free doughnuts being given out at the local shop would be gone by the time he reached it.

The "Spiderpig," Homer named him, manure storage bin was the straw that broke the camel's back. The EPA had to be called in and the city of Springfield was isolated from the rest of the world by a giant glass dome in order to shut down the spread of the ecological disaster.

Ironically, the spot where this container washed up was on the Poll Na Crann beach near Griminish, which is also known as Stinky Bay (with a name like this it would be logical to assume it was a pig manure container), in west Benbecula in Scotland's Western Isles.

A number of those who rang the BBC thought they could identify the object. Some thought it could have been a special storage tank for chemicals used in special aircraft paints. Another suspected it might have been one of the meteorological rockets that were launched nearby in the 1960s and 70s.

Appropriately for 31 December, the container turns out to have been a beer fermentation tank. For all of you out there tonight, Happy New Year and all the best in 2008.

Full text of the BBC story can be found here.

In a slightly related story an alarmist review of The Simpsons movie on an Australian website puts more warning labels for this film than you find on the walls at the average nuclear power plant. The Tipper Gores of the world have nothing on this site, Young Media Australia, which appears to be the modern-day, western political correctness incarnation of Cold War-era North Korean social conduct propaganda, but with a new and improved culturally sensitive Smurfland thrown into the mix. It claims the film is shot full of violence, nudity, coarse language, substance abuse, and sexual innuendo and situations.

Among the more egregious scenes recounted in this laborious dissection of the film is one of "animated violence" in which "the Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) throws his binoculars at his second in charge. They miss, hit their vehicle, bounce back, hit the wall of the dome, then bounce off to hit him in the head."

Gee, I hope these people never get to review "Rush Hour 3."

You can read their list of horrifying Simpson treehouse of horrors discoveries here.