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The Russian wrestler, Rasputin, is probably named after Grigori Rasputin.
The Springfield Elementary band plays Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Werner Von Brawn, one of the wrestlers in the match, is probably named after Wernher von Braun.
Bart appearing at Springfield Gorge in the distance is based on Omar Sharif's entrance in Lawrence of Arabia.
The monster truck at the rally, Truck-o-saurus, is a parody to the famous monster truck, Robosaurus.
The movie " " parodied in the way the lion leaps out to attack Captain Jaws Lance Murdock and it was so funny.
Lance Murdock is a parody of famous daredevils such as Evel Knievel.
This episode contains the music video for " Do the Bartman" single which was omitted in some British broadcasts of this episode, and was cut from American reruns.
Captain Murdock is a reference to 's Captain H.M. Murdock.
This is the fifth episode to have Bart's name somewhere in the title.
The referee in the wrestling match counts the pinfall four instead of three.
When Nelson asks, "Where is he? I thought he [Bart] said noon," you can see Milhouse's lips moving at the same time.
Homer's second plunge down the gorge (after the ambulance hit a tree) had additional footage of Homer falling down and getting hit in the head with the gurney he was on. This was considered too violent to show when the episode first aired, so it was replaced with a frozen shot of the kids looking down as Homer falls again. The missing footage would later crop up on the season four episode, So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show.
The shots of Homer going over the gorge and falling down it is also used in Behind the Laughter (with different animation of Homer falling), The Blunder Years when Homer has a flashback and Lisa interrupts him by saying "Dad, everyone is tired of that memory." and Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus in the couch gag.
Later, on , viewers discover that the ambulance that hit the tree at Springfield Gorge is still there years later.
The Simpsons Movie The footage of the Truckasaurus on the TV commercial shows a pink car being crushed, it is possible that this footage is the same as the incident in which the family car is crushed at the event.
This is the first of a few rare times Homer and Bart cry together.
This is the first appearance of Dr. Hibbert.
This was the second episode to be aired by the BBC, airing on November 30, 1996.
Nazis on Tap was originally supposed to appear on a rerun of this episode.
The credits of this episode used the arrangement of the theme from the first season's opening as opposed to the usual credits arrangement.
The Best of The Simpsons: Volume 6 has the first season's opening with No Sound Effects.
This is Matt Groening's favorite episode.