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Things We Saw Today: The Simpsons Pays Tribute to Marcia Wallace

Bart’s usual blackboard gag was replaced by the above image in the opening credits of yesterday’s episode. Marcia Wallace, who played Ms. Krabappel, passed away on October 25th. (The Jane Dough)

Today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to Shakuntala Devi, the “human computer,” who was able to do complex mathematical calculations in her head. How complex? Via The New York Times: “In 1980, she correctly multiplied two 13-digit numbers in only 28 seconds at the Imperial College in London. The feat, which earned her a place in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, was even more remarkable because it included the time to recite the 26-digit solution.”

Earlier today we showed you a slew of new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug posters, and now there’s one more. Gandalf, you might want to switch to a new shampoo. There are a lot of creatures growing out of your hair. (/Film)

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  • Mike Chen

    In another example of why internet comments will eventually cause the world to implode, I actually saw people claiming that the Mrs. Krabapple tribute was “unnecessary” and “inappropriate” for a comedy like The Simpsons. Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on record saying that I didn’t think retiring the character completely was a good idea – I’d prefer another voice actress reprising the role – but calling a tribute to someone who worked at the same job for 20 years “unnecessary” and “inappropriate” is more than a bit cold.

  • Anonymous

    Aw, that tribute made me tear up. I’m sure she would have liked it.

  • Anonymous

    They also retired Phil Hartman’s characters (Troy McClure & Lionel Hutz) after he passed. I see it as a sign of respect that they are irreplaceable.

  • Anonymous

    Thought I might throw out a link to a pic of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Lokettes.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t against retiring McClure and Hutz at first; I understand why they do what they do and it comes from a good place. It’s only after a few years that I realized that the show was really missing those two characters (plus Maude, who got killed off for a stupid, stupid reason) and that it was one of the reasons the show became crap. There are more reasons off course, but there’s no question in my mind that it hurt,

    So when I hear that Krabappel, a character considerably more important than either of those bit players, is also going to be retired, man… I don’t know. Can you imagine Bart with another teacher next year? Let’s hope Krabappel IS replaceable.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I get what you’re saying. They brought in Gil to “replace” Lionel Hutz and Gil is no Lionel Hutz. I really, truly doubt that whoever they try to replace Mrs. K with (if they do) will live up to her character. HA!