God bless the internet – without it we wouldn’t be globally interconnected, Mark Zuckerberg wouldn’t be a billionaire, and no-one could send anyone a Snapchat of their, well, you know what.
We’d also be deprived of the opportunity to screenshot our way to Simpsons bliss; a concept that has been making headlines and timelines this week thanks to a new creation that’s made fans of the long-running cartoon very, very happy indeed.
An incredible undertaking in itself, the Frinkiac database contains over 3 million screencaps from seasons one to 15 of The Simpsons that can be sorted through by typing a key word (a quote, character or just general search term) into the site’s search bar. Once you’ve located the Simpsons moment of your choosing, you can then add text and create your own meme – or, as is probably preferable, just let the original words from said episode do the work.
It’s the incredible brainwork of developers Paul Kehrer, Sean Schulte and Allie Young, who explained a little bit about the pain-staking methods they went to in order to create this marvel in this blog post. They’d firstly cut the scene into 100 equal-size buckets before taking the average colour of each bucket, and only then would they then compare it to the corresponding bucket from the previously-saved image. If the total difference was large enough, then the image was saved, and they’d go on to inspect all the remaining frames of the episode. Simple, right?
The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with Simpsons fans seizing on the opportunity to meme-ify (it’s a word) their favourite moments from the show. There is talk of Fox, the show’s producers, possibly shutting down this fan-created masterpiece, but, as writers from the show have tweeted their approval, maybe they’ll hold off this time.
And, if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, here’s a few examples to wet your whistle.