(Mods: Maybe more of an IMHO, but Cafe-topical, so do as you will. I took a shot.)
One of the things that makes the Simpsons the show that it is, is the density of jokes present (well, sometimes). Many of these blow right past people, and are often therefore funnier when they finally ARE understood.
The “Sneed’s Feed & Seed (Formerly Chuck’s)” is a good example: practically every time this is mentioned on this board, someone comes into the thread and says, “‘Sneed’s Feed & Seed (Formerly Chuck’s)’? I don’t get it.” Then, someone has to explain the concept of keeping the rhyming scheme: Sneed’s Feed & Seed (Formerly Chuck’s F** & S***).
I have had this same problem. The Aerosmith episode, where Homer invented the new drink, escaped me for ages…until this board came to the rescue. I was informed by one of our gay brethren that both “Flaming Homer” and “Flaming Moe” were peripheral euphemisms for “Flaming Homo.” The lightbulb went on.
Nevertheless, just today, I got another joke from this show. The episode is the one where the power plant is required to hire a female employee, and recruits Mindy Simmons (voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer). When Homer first meets Mindy, his brain transforms her into a rendition of WARNING: PAINTED BREASTAGES.
Homer being totally starstruck, sits agog. Lenny (who shows up in Homer’s fantasy as one of the zephyrs–the spirits who bring the breezes in the painting) asks: “Homer, what’s the matter?”
“Yeah,” responds Carl (another zephyr), “Aintcha never seen a naked chick ridin’ a clam before?”
Now, I have always thought this was simply a reference to the painting, where Venus is depicted coming to shore on a giant clam shell.
Today, I realized that “bearded clam” has often been used as a euphemism for female genitalia.
<<Naked chick riding a clam.>>
Vulgar as hell, but a whole 'nother layer of joke on the joke.
So…what other jokes are the rest of us not getting?