Simpsons and Unicycles

Although I don’t know the number of the show I do remember an episode in
which Homer walks past the Flanders house, and through the front window you
can see Ned rocking on a unicycle. I think the scene was on Christmas
morning, but I’m not sure.

John Hooten

As far as I know there are two unicycle references in all seven seasons of “The
Simpsons”. The first is in episode 8F21 “The Otto Show”. Homer says “If
something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in
the closet next to your short wave radio, your karate outfit, and your UNICYCLE
and we’ll go inside and watch TV” Bart’s uni must have been one of those cheap
department store kind. And I have to disagree with Homer for once. It is
definitly worth doing.

The second is in 4F01 “Lisa’s Date with Destiny”. Among the stolen items
from Nelson’s locker was a blue unicycle. Who other than nelson would commit
such a crime.

I just thought someone on this newsgroup might be interested, Jeff
Sargeant (Univent)

Re: Simpsons and Unicycles

UniVent (univent@aol.com) wrote:

: As far as I know there are two unicycle references in all seven seasons of
"The
: Simpsons".

I saw another one the other week, forget which episode ( we in the UK are
getting a mix of old and new seris from the BBC at the mo)

in the opening credits the family line up for a dance routine and on come the
show girls, the acrobats and the unicylist plate spinning. For a show
stopping number.

Have you seen the Monkees on skate bikes in one of their shows from the 60’s or
70’s being re run occasionaly?

happy uni watching sarah

Re: Simpsons and Unicycles

Are we forgetting Krusty the Clown?

Krusty unicycles, although I cannot remember any exact episodes.

Is anyones memory better than mine?

DWilliams Montreal

UniVent wrote in message <19981009020451.17712.00014210@ng66.aol.com>…
>
>As far as I know there are two unicycle references in all seven seasons of
"The
>Simpsons". The first is in episode 8F21 “The Otto Show”. Homer says "If
>something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing. You just stick that guitar
>in the closet next to your short wave radio, your karate outfit, and your
>UNICYCLE and we’ll go inside and watch TV" Bart’s uni must have been one of
>those cheap department store kind. And I
have
>to disagree with Homer for once. It is definitly worth doing.
>
>The second is in 4F01 “Lisa’s Date with Destiny”. Among the stolen items
from
>Nelson’s locker was a blue unicycle. Who other than nelson would commit
>such a crime.
>
>I just thought someone on this newsgroup might be interested, Jeff Sargeant
>(Univent)

Re: Simpsons and Unicycles

Since the topic of unicycles on TV and movies comes up from time to time and
usually generates a lot of messages, I’ll mention that if anyone wants to put
together a web page of media references for unicycles I’d be glad to put it on
the Unicycle Page. I’d do it myself but I’m too swamped with other things, and
I’m always glad to get some help.

Beirne

>
> As far as I know there are two unicycle references in all seven seasons of
> “The Simpsons”. The first is in episode 8F21 “The Otto Show”. Homer says "If
> something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing. You just stick that guitar
> in the closet next to your short wave radio, your karate outfit, and your
> UNICYCLE and we’ll go inside and watch TV" Bart’s uni must have been one of
> those cheap department store kind. And I have to disagree with Homer for once.
> It is definitly worth doing.
>
> The second is in 4F01 “Lisa’s Date with Destiny”. Among the stolen items from
> Nelson’s locker was a blue unicycle. Who other than nelson would commit such
> a crime.
>
> I just thought someone on this newsgroup might be interested, Jeff Sargeant
> (Univent)

Simpsons, Season 15, Episode 9 Quote

Bart is riding a bicycle, chased by a gang of boys, also on bikes. Bart’s bike starts falling apart, one piece at a time, and he is left, still riding, with only the frame and the back wheel. While clutching the frame, Bart says “I’m riding a unicycle with my hands down. This should be every boy’s dream.”

Nice job unearthing a nearly 20 years old thread!
(that’s why I soooooo much prefer a forum over FecesBook)

Riding with his hands down. What do you all suppose he means by this?

His disintegrating bike is a common theme from old vaudeville-style trick cycling acts. Groucho Marx does one in a scene from The Big Store where he’s being chased on a bike and crashes into something, coming out riding a unicycle. Something John Hooten (the OP) would highly recommend all to see. :slight_smile:

I found a link…

http://www.simpsonsworld.com/video/284515395619?episode=227376707538

Maybe putting the hands down implies a certain mastery over riding. In the Simpsons episode, above, Bart is clutching the bicycle frame with both hands. He’s not holding his hands out for balance. There are also no pedals, and Bart’s feet are on the frame. In other words, he’s coasting without his hands out for balance. Maybe the writers understood how impossibly difficult this is.

Wait a minute, that’s not hands down, its PANTS DOWN! Okay, now I get it.

I have an old poster from Transportation Alternatives, an organization in New York City that promotes human-powered transport. It’s a black & white photo, very tastefully done, of a nude man riding away from the camera on a unicycle. :slight_smile:

Unicyclist.com member Danny Colyer has had the quote as part of his signature for years.

“I’m riding a unicycle with my pants down. This should be every boy’s dream.” - Bart Simpson

Do post it here.

My favourite photo of me on a unicycle matches that description very well, apart from being in colour :slight_smile:

Wasn’t there a photo of Aspen Mike riding in birthday suit in the snow somewhere?

And here it is (I suppose I’d better mention that it contains nudity):
Imgur

Sorry, people, for the fake news. You are correct, it is “pants down”. Don’t know what made me hear “hands down” other than Bart’s hands being down.

VBG. “Wave your pants in the air like you just don’t care.”