Friday, October 07, 2005

When Life Imitates The Simpsons

From Weekly Standard

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN a Jetsons future for Seattle. A gleaming new monorail would silently skim along above the rooftops, whisking contented commuters into the city so smoothly that not a ripple would mar the surfaces of their $4 Tully's mint mochas. Seattle was so in love with this vision--sleek, futuristic, anti-car--that voters had approved the proposed monorail four times, most recently last November by a whopping 64 percent.
Today Seattle's monorail proposal is a smoldering wreck. The mayor, the unanimous city council, and the newspapers have all done about-faces and have turned against the proposal. So have the citizens: a recent poll shows 52 percent of Seattleites would now vote to cancel the monorail.
From Marge -vs- The Monrail

Quimby: We will now hear suggestions for the disbursement of the two million dollars. Lisa: Don't you mean million dollars?
Quimby: [looks around nervously, adjusts his tie] Of course. million dollars.

The town votes to spend the money to build a monorail, with Homer as the conductor. What could go wrong?

Marge: According to this book, the monorail goes over 150 miles an hour! What if something goes wrong?
Homer: ``What if.'' What if I stepped in the shower and slipped on a bar of soap? ... Oh, my God! I'd get killed!