The Simpsons decide to embrace a cheaper, alternate source of energy by erecting a wind turbine in their backyard. But when Homer realizes some of the power is being directed to the local electric company, he decides to remove his home from the grid and becomes completely dependent upon an unreliable source of power. Meanwhile, a storm erupts, trapping a magnificent 150-foot-long blue whale ashore, and Lisa and Homer attempt to help the poor creature. Written by
Did You Know?
The scene where Chief Wiggum and the others use dynamite to blow up the whale is based on a true incident that happened in Matt Groening
's home state of Oregon. On 12 November 1970, a whale beached itself at the Heceta Head beach (then called Devil's Elbow State Park) near the town of Florence. Usually, when a whale beaches itself, a deep pit is dug in the sand next to the whale and then the whale is rolled into it and buried. However, the sand at the Heceda Head beach is too shallow to dig a pit of the necessary depth, so the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department decided to use a half-ton of dynamite to reduce the whale to smaller, more manageable parts. The ensuing explosion scattered chunks of the whale over several hundred meters. One large piece of the whale totaled a car in a parking lot more than 100 meters away. KATU, the Portland ABC affiliate, filmed the event. Few people outside of Oregon had heard of the exploding whale until Dave Barry
wrote of it in his 20 May 1990 column. Afterwards, it grew into an urban legend that seemed too absurd to be true. In 2006, the KATU footage was posted on YouTube. There is also an article about the incident titled "Exploding whale" on Wikipedia. These were posted after another exploding whale incident occurred in Taiwan in 2004. See more
This is going to be the biggest dead thing we've ever poked with a stick.
Milhouse Van Houten
If only that flattened squirrel could see us now.
References Star Trek: Generations
Danger! High Voltage
Written by Selph, Frezza, Nawara, Spencer
Performed by Electric Six See more