The name "Homer" just doesn't invoke the witch-killing, sea-monster-featuring, war torn ancient civilizations like it used to. Now, it mostly invokes a yellow cartoon man who chokes his son for comedic value.
Nobody felt this harder than contestant Dom on UK game show Tipping Point who fully thought a question about Homer's writing was a question about Homer Simpson.
You can see the moment here:
Probably the greatest minute of British television ever pic.twitter.com/fPiGVvTHE0
— Graeme Demianyk (@GraemeDemianyk) October 25, 2021
In the words of the man himself, d'oh!
Why waste time on the classics? When would I ever need that stuff? https://t.co/nzKJF219Kx
— Atty Tom Dickinson (@AttyTMD) October 26, 2021
To quote #kellybundy the mind wobbles https://t.co/iLW4bRiiiG
— Coffee and Coffee (@Coffeeandbeans1) October 26, 2021
Homer has left quite a cultural legacy... https://t.co/8bx7RgY9gB
— DC Boy (@dcboyisangry) October 26, 2021
The Tipping Point question asked:
"In his epic poems, Homer often refers to nectar as the drink of the gods and which other substance as their food?"
After thinking for a moment, Dom said "I know he likes donuts," causing host Ben Shepard to crack a smirk.
After passing it to rival Lindsey, he was shocked to discover her answer was donuts as well.
Brilliant. I thought Duff beer would have been the Nectar of the Gods though. https://t.co/6xzqEjHDvF
— Martin Dalton Photo (@MartinDaltonPix) October 26, 2021
I'm dying 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/Nl7t0jMLrH
— Jessica Steele (She/Her/Hers) 😷💉💉 (@prickleandgoo) October 26, 2021
I see the UK has the same education problems as the US. https://t.co/XMS4DSfWzh
— Cecilia Glennon (@CeciliaGlennon) October 26, 2021
Eventually, Dom got the drop and understood they had completely missed the mark on which Homer the game was talking about.
Shepard found it all too amusing.
"Homer, of course―poet, scholar, bard, philosopher. Not Homer Simpson, who works in a nuclear factory and drinks beer and likes donuts. Easy to confuse both Homers."
Homer is responsible for the authorship of famous epics The Iliad and The Odyssey, which remain two of the most taught classic texts.
Homer much preferred rice pudding to doughnuts. https://t.co/gg9mgDIxJA
— Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) October 26, 2021
Doughnuts aren't the food of the gods? https://t.co/PsrGFslxN4
— Comic Chris (@ComicChris13) October 26, 2021
Feel for him. I reckon quite a few make this mistake under pressure https://t.co/JPZSKcSAOK
— Spencer Morgan (@spencermorgan93) October 26, 2021
It's amusing to imagine how Homer, the poet, would have felt being compared to a beloved pop culture figure who is also the personification of a lot of negative qualities.