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Monday, June 1, 1998 Published at 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK


Entertainment

The world according to Bart Simpson

Bart Simpson has become a 1990s icon and has delighted in his ability to under-achieve

Bart Simpson has found his way into Time magazine's list of top 20 artists and entertainers of the 20th century with a mixture of cynicism and home truths.

Each episode of The Simpsons opens with Bart writing lines on his classroom blackboard - the content of which has come to typify the subtle humour of the programme.

Here are 20 of his most memorable observations.

"I will not instigate revolution"

"They are laughing at me, not with me"

"I will not yell 'Fire' in a crowded classroom"

"I will not encourage others to fly"

"I will not sell school property"

"I will not get very far with this attitude"

"I will not torment the emotionally frail"

"I will not conduct my own fire drills"

"Organ transplants are best left to the professionals"

"I am not authorized to fire substitute teachers"

"I did not see Elvis"

"Funny noises are not funny"

"I will not belch the National Anthem"

"High explosives and school don't mix"

"This punishment is not boring and pointless"

"The principal's toupé is not a Frisbee"

"Mud is not one of the 4 food groups"

"I do not have diplomatic immunity"

"My homework was not stolen by a one-armed man"

"There are plenty of businesses like show business"





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