January 03, 2008

Sometimes Truth Is Stranger Than The Simpsons

From Newsvine: "Hearty Eater" Claims Buffet Banned Him
A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line, then banned him and a relative because they're hearty eaters.
Simpsons buffs will recognise the story as almost a carbon copy of the subplot from Simpsons episode 9F06, "New Kid on the Block"; the similarities are really striking.

In the episode, Homer visits an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant ("The Frying Dutchman") and is forcibly ejected by the owner for eating far too much (" 'Tis no man. 'Tis a remorseless eating machine!"). The real-life restaurant owner was particularly peeved because "[Borrelli] made a habit of dining exclusively on the more expensive seafood dishes", and eventually taunted him by saying "Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much." Even Barrelli's weight (265 pounds) is only two pounds off Homer's weight in Simpsons Comics #1 — 263 pounds — though admittedly in the TV series Homer's weight fluctuated between 239 and 260 (episode 7F18, "Brush With Greatness").

In the episode, Homer is banned from the restaurant (in real life, Borrelli "was told not to come back"); with the help of attorney Lionel Hutz, he then takes the management to court ("Mr Simpson, this is the most blatant case of false advertising since my suit against the movie The Neverending Story"). In real life there was no court battle, although the police were called to arbitrate.

Yeah, there's a reason I've never dropped a Simpsons question at trivia night.

3 comments:

Mal said...

That episode is on the disc I left on the plane :(

Worst. Girlfriend. Ever.

Andrew said...

Meh. Clearly I have no need to actually watch it anymore.

vinny said...

I heard they shaved a gorilla.

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