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This article is about the catchphrase. For the cereal, see Bart Simpson's Eat My Shorts. For the snacks, see The Simpsons Eat My Shorts. For the arcade game, see Eat My Shorts (arcade game).
For the horse, see Eat My Shorts (Bart the Murderer).
Eat my shorts!
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Catchphrase Information
Character: Bart Simpson
Reason for saying: Rebellion to another character
First heard: Bart the Genius

"Eat My Shorts!" is Bart Simpson's trademark catchphrase. Bart uses it to express his rebellious attitude, usually to authority figures.

Bart first said it when he was in kindergarten, to Principal Skinner when he was misbehaving.[1]

On some occasions, the phrase was taken literally, such as when Bart was teasing a donkey and the donkey really did eat his shorts.[2]

When Bart developed his own line of novelty T-shirts, he used the phrase on one of his shirts: "Stop World Hunger, Eat My Shorts!"[3]

Variations / Use by Other Characters[edit]

  • When Homer tells Mr. Burns to "eat my shorts", Burns comments that on Monday morning he will bring him into his office and "we'll see who eats whose shorts".[4]
  • At the "Do What You Feel" Festival, Principal Skinner hits Bart with an acorn and tells him "eat my shorts, young man".[5]
  • At the Noiseland Video Arcade one of the games that can be seen in the background is titled Eat My Shorts.[6]
  • Jenny tells Bart to "Eat my shorts" because she doesn't like Bart anymore.[7]

Non-canon[edit]

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  • When the teachers and staff at Springfield Elementary School are eating students, Principal Skinner tells Bart he's going to enjoy devouring him, and adds, "I believe I'll start as you've so often suggested, by eating your shorts."[8]
  • When Bart is cast as Mozart, he says "Eat my pantaloons!" just before he dies.[9]
  • While doing laundry, Marge comments that "if someone did eat Bart's shorts, they'd have a tummy full of pocket garbage".[10]
  • Stewie Griffin finds the phrase amusing upon hearing it. Later he says it to Nelson Muntz, while literally forcing him to eat his shorts.[11]

Other languages[edit]

In the European Spanish version, is dubbed as "Multiplícate por cero" (Spanish for "Go multiply yourself by zero")

Behind the Laughter[edit]

The real history behind the phrase is that Nancy Cartwright, Bart's voice actor, improvised the line during a table read. She first said it as a prank when she was in her high school marching band at Fairmont High School. The band was supposed to chant, "Fairmont West! Fairmont West!" but instead she and the entire band chanted "Eat my shorts! Eat my shorts!".

The phrase has also been used outside of The Simpsons. For example, in the Futurama episode, "A Big Piece of Garbage," Fry sees a pile of talking Bart Simpson dolls, and Bender pulls the string on one that says, "Eat my shorts." Bender obliges, and then says, "Mmm... shorts." Ghost Rider says "Eat my flames" instead of shorts in the video game Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

More recently on the show, the phrase has been seldom used as many of the crew feel as if the many catchphrases have worn out. (This fact was parodied in the episode "Bart Gets Famous.")

There has been speculation that Matt Groening got this phrase from the stoner rebel John Bender in The Breakfast Club. The phrase "Don't have a cow" appears in another John Hughes film, Sixteen Candles.

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