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Celine
1272876.  Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:24 pm Reply with quote

As part of an initiative to enable inhabitants to see the bizarre beauty of Portland, the community has the Portland Horse Project which sees tiny toy horses secured to rings that were once used to secure real horses in the 1900s around the city. There are said to be an excess of 200 of these miniature horses around Portland, with the occasional dragon or giraffe tied to the rings as well.





Source: https://www.iexplore.com/destinations/portland/portland-horse-project
Photo: https://i.pinimg.com/236x/7a/21/36/7a2136ea8007872d34c0ed3620df8b5c--visit-oregon-the-horse.jpg


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Jenny
1272888.  Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:29 pm Reply with quote

That would be Portland, Oregon, I suppose? Those of us who live in Portland, Maine, tend to get snitty about the assumption that there is only one Portland of any importance!

 
Spud McLaren
1272892.  Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:36 pm Reply with quote

Yes, it'd be as well to be specific - link.

 
Celine
1272898.  Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:47 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
That would be Portland, Oregon, I suppose? Those of us who live in Portland, Maine, tend to get snitty about the assumption that there is only one Portland of any importance!


Hi Jenny, I had put Oregon in parenthesis as the topic title so people wouldn't be confused :)

 
DVD Smith
1272970.  Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:16 am Reply with quote

A lot of the characters and locations in The Simpsons are named after streets in Portland, Oregon, since it's the hometown of creator Matt Groening. These include Flanders, Lovejoy, Terwilliger, Quimby, Kearney, Van Houten, and Powell. In fact, the city of Portland have had to replace the "NE Flanders" sign several times because people keep spraying a D on it to read "Ned Flanders". And Evergreen Terrace, the street that the Simpsons and the Flanders live on, is the name of the street in Portland that Groening grew up on. [1][2][3][4]

Matt Groening (rhymes with "raining") named the Simpsons family members after his own Portland family - his parents Homer and Margaret and his sisters Lisa, Maggie and Patty. He thought making the boy "Matt" would be too obvious so he chose the name "Bart" instead since it's an anagram of "brat". [5] When it came to name Bart and Lisa's grandfather, Matt stepped back, saying he'd named enough characters after his own family, so he left the writers to come up with a name. After a bit of debate they came up with "Abe" - which turned out to be the actual name of Matt Groening's grandfather. [6]

Matt's father, Homer Groening, was a proud Oregonian, a WW2 pilot and later a filmmaker, making documentaries, short films and educational films. [7] He seemed to have a fixation with water and bikinis; they feature in several of his films and he even made a film for "training salesgirls in swimwear departments". [8] His last film, however, demonstrated a quite interesting talent - he had perfected the ability to throw a basketball backwards into a hoop over his shoulder. [9]

As a way of apologising to his dad for making his namesake such a buffoon, Matt named his first child Homer - although he goes by his middle name Will. [10][8]

 
'yorz
1272972.  Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:24 am Reply with quote

DVD Smith wrote:
he had perfected the ability to throw a basketball backwards into a hoop over his shoulder


And so can the divine Ms Sigourney Weaver

 

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