The Simpsons

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Five totally random facts you might not know about the popular American television series ‘The Simpsons’:
– It is the longest-running American animated programme.
– If ‘The Simpsons’ aged normally, Bart Simpson would now be older than his mother Marge was in the first season.
– The actor who plays Lisa Simpson was born in France in 1964.
– The actors who play the characters in the Simpsons are currently paid $300,000 per episode.
– In 1992, the then-President George Bush criticized the show by saying, “We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons”.

Here’s a short compilation film of clips of Homer from ‘The Simpsons’ singing.

Cheddar Cheese

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Today’s culture spot is dedicated to that most tasty of cheeses, Cheddar Cheese!

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The village of Cheddar in Somerset, c.1900. Cheddar cheese is still produced in Cheddar to this very day.

Some things you may not know about Cheddar Cheese:
– Cheddar cheese is named after the village of the same name in England where this most delicious of cheeses has been produced since at least the 12th century.
– Traditionally the cheese was matured in the many caves to be found in the village of Cheddar in Somerset, south-west England.
– A good quality strong Cheddar needs to be matured for at least 12 months.
– It is the most popular type of cheese in the UK, Australia, and Canada; and is the second-most-popular cheese in the US, behind Mozzarella.

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An advertisement from an American magazine published in 1954 for Borden’s Cheddar Cheese.

Offsite link: Cheddar Cheese made in Cheddar in Somerset.