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Music from this episode
"Prison Bound" by John Lee Hooker
Lisa's ant farm is modeled after the Uncle Milton style ant farms.
Bart's aliases mentioned in this episode:
Mommy's Special Little Guy
As Homer sings "I am so thirsty" in the desert, he does it to the tune of the theme song to Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
Homer mentions stupidflanders.org. A domain lookup shows it is owned by FOX.
One of Principal Skinner's diplomas is from the "Springfield Diploma Mill."
Music in this Episode
Theme from Cinema Paradiso (Heard during the Nikki/Bart CPR montage and closing credits)
"Chase" by Giorgio Moroder (Heard while Nikki and Bart skateboard together)
The church marquee in this episode says "Free Wi-Fi during sermon."
When Virgil and Mabel reach Canada circa 1867 the modern Canadian flag is shown a few times. This however this not historically accurate as the current Canadian flag was first raised on February 15, 1965.
The accounts in the diary would have occurred at some point between 1867 - 1869. The date can be determined by two ways: Virgil makes a passing reference they live in the 60's (1860's), and they attempt to flee to Canada but Canada was not a country until 1867.
According to this episode, Lisa, Bart & Maggie are 1/64 black.
The footnote at the end of the recipe Marge reads from is as follows:
After the patrollers left, the circus clown made the following comment, which suggests an unusual aptitude for predicting twenty-first century currency values: "Why do I always ask for a nickel? That's like twenty bucks in 2010 money." It may have been intended as humorous, although my daughter didn't mention anyone laughing. This clown seemed to say many things that were humorous to him, but not to those around him, nor to me. But since my daughter repeated them all, I thought I would record them here. Enjoy them, people of the future!
When Homer and Marge play Curling for the first time, we can hear "La valse des Patineurs" from Emile Waldteufel.
Bob Costas announces that they'll return to sudden death overtime at the gold medal hockey game between Russian and the US in a moment, but first... Two weeks after this episode aired, there was a sudden death gold medal hockey playoff between USA and Canada.
When he first arrives at Canada, Homer has an encounter with the Inuit shaman he first met in The Simpsons Movie.
According to this episode, Marge is left-handed.
In this episode Principal Skinner's mother blames him for fouling up her chances for Olympic gold by kicking the pole vault bar while he was in the womb. This conflicts with the season 9 episode "The Principal and the Pauper" in which it's revealed that Principal Skinner's real name is actually Armin Tamzarian and that he has no genetic relation to his "mother" Agnes Skinner.
According to this episode, Homer's Springfield driver license reads:
742 Evergreen Terrace
Sex: M Hair: N Eyes: Blk
Ht: 6 Wt: 270
The music which was played during the passage where Homer offers too much presents to his family is "Italian Symphony " from Mendelssohn.
The Wilhelm Scream is heard repeatedly when Mr. Burns kills the soldiers on the Funtendo Zii video game.
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