editor - April 12, 2012
Not only is Oregon beautiful, but they have a lot of other cool shit too, like Nike, college footballs hottest cheerleaders and coolest helmets, kick ass weed, um, the I-5 killer (I ran out of things to name), but on top of all that, now 'the Simpsons' creator Matt Groening tells Smithsonian Magazine that it's the official home of Homer Simpson too.
SMITHSONIAN: OK, why do the Simpsons live in a town called Springfield? Isn't that a little generic?
GROENING: Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show "Father Knows Best" took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, "This will be cool; everyone will think it's their Springfield." And they do.
Keep in mind that this means it's also the home of Shelbyville, which was founded as a haven for people who wanted to have sex with their cousins, so don't get too full of yourself, Oregon. You perverts are on a short leash.