The creator of the iconic cartoon sitcom The Simpsons has finally revealed the inspiration behind the show’s fictional town of Springfield.
Matt Groening told Smithsonian magazine he based the town on Springfield, Oregon, but since it is such a common US place name he knew many would think it was their own Springfield.
The Springfield question is one of the best-kept secrets in TV history.
The Simpsons is the longest-running show in the US, on air for since 1989.
Characters in the show have often joked about hiding Springfield’s real location.
“In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought: ‘This will be cool, everyone will think it’s their Springfield.’ And they do,” Mr Groening said.
There are thought to be at least 34 towns or cities called Springfield in the US.
Source: BBC News.