Steve Jobs Is The Biological Brother Of Homer Simpson’s Mother [Fun Facts]

Steve Jobs Is The Biological Brother Of Homer Simpson’s Mother [Fun Facts]

Here’s a weird fun fact for you on a slow news Tuesday: there’s a very real familial link between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and TV’s Homer Simpson. Here’s how.

As some of you may know, Steve Jobs was put up for adoption as an infant. What you may not know is that Steve Jobs’ birth parents are Joanne Carole Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, who put him up for adoption because they weren’t married at the time.

Later, when they married, they had another child: Mona Jandali. However, Jandali abandoned both Mona and her mother when Mona was five. Joanne eventually remarried, at which point Mona decided to take her stepfather’s name and became Mona Simpson.

In the 80s, Mona’s career as a novelist flourished, and she published several successful novels. During this time, she also married television writer and producer Richard Appel, who worked on The Simpsons and appropriated his wife’s name for that of Homer Simpson’s biological mother in the episode “Mother Simpson”.

To summarize: Steve Jobs is the biological brother of the real-life inspiration for Homer Simpson’s mother. Or, put a more fanciful way, Apple’s CEO is Homer Simpson’s spiritual uncle.

The more you know, eh?

  • site7000

    It’s not April 1st yet, you fool! This is impossible!

  • Chris

    so we have the perfect successor to steve jobs – homer simpson!

  • Raja Sen

    Coolest COM post in weeks. Awesomesauce.

  • Yaz Khoury

    Steve Jobs is half Syrian from his biological father :)

  • MacGoo

    Homer: Woohoo!
    Steve Jobs: D’oh!
    Also, Homer is suddenly craving apple beer…

  • Dalek

    Can you imagine the apple version of the canyonaero?

  • brownlee

    He is indeed. I think that’s very cool.

  • Bonnie

    I heard that 80% of iPhone users are gay. Weird huh?

    http://bit.ly/dI3hcF

  • Dilipv

    Whohoo! USA! USA! USA!

  • Janie12

    I have no words to this article…

  • GHo5t

    Hey, ya thinks I could get Steve to settle Homer’s tab?

  • The Caped Jackass

    I was thinking the same thing. Would probably be a $6,000 tablet with fins, USB ports galore, and a separate processor dedicated to flash websites. It would weigh in at a slender 37lbs and have enough battery life for two 3 minute MP3s!

  • joiede

    You must be desperate for news today…

  • brownlee

    Seriously? Way to be a dick.

  • Effluvium Boy

    I think you may be mistaking the “Canyonero” for “The Homer” (The car Homer designed, which ruined his brother’s business)

  • parrotcam

    All this time i’ve been tricked! Now we know his real name is Steve Jandali. it doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  • Lenny Leonard

    Dental plan!

  • Betsy Everett

    This made me laugh at 4 in the morning. What a pity, though, that Richard wasn’t Richard Apple . . .

  • Devin Olson

    That’s all well and good, but where does Kevin Bacon fit into this puzzle?

  • Odin

    what kind of bullshit society are they livin in? put your baby to adoption, because youre not married?

    never heard such a stupid story before

  • brownlee

    Lisa needs braces.

  • fearisouronlyg0d

    Richard -Appel-? Appel? Apple? Coincidence? I THINK NOT.

  • tekoyaki

    Who cares about fictional relationships?

  • stephenfung

    Wow. That just blew my mind. LOL

  • Linebet

    Now where exactly is the connection to Kevin Bacon?

  • The Benz

    Dental plan!

  • The Benz

    No, super-dick

  • J

    Lisa needs braces

  • Prashant Mathur

    Kevin Bacon totally Sucked in the latest X-men !!!
    Anyways,this was an interesting article,,lol!!

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