23. Matt Groening has said that the shriveled Moleman was inspired by Tex Avery’s Droopy Dog (both have sad demeanors and make deadpan comments). His real name is Ralph Melish, which is in reference to the Monty Python skit “The Adventures of Ralph Melish: Hot Dog and Kickers.” 24. Jebediah Obadiah Zachariah Jedediah Springfield, the purported historical founder of the town of Springfield, may be based on Jedediah Smith, an American hunter who explored the Old West in the 1820s and ‘30s. 25. The aliens Kang and Kodos are named after characters from the original “Star Trek” series. Kodos the Executioner was featured in the episode “Conscience of the King”; Kang was a Klingon warrior in the episode “Days of the Dove.”
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