Otto Mann

Otto Mann is a fictional character on the American animated TV series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer.[1] He is the school bus driver for Springfield Elementary School, and is known or implied to be a user of several drugs.

Otto Mann
The Simpsons character
Otto from the Simpsons
First appearance"Homer's Odyssey" (1990)
Created byJay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Matt Groening (designer)
Voiced byHarry Shearer
OccupationSpringfield Elementary School Bus Driver
FamilyAdmiral Mann (father)
Elisabeth Mann (mother)

Character description

Otto, who is of German descent, is notable for his maniacal driving style (which, along with never getting a driver's license, cost him his job on the season three episode "The Otto Show"), his love of heavy metal music, and his propensity for sounding and acting like a perpetual 1980s teenager. At the end of this episode, according to his driver license, Otto is 5'10", weighs 150 pounds and was born on the 18th of January, 1963.

In season eleven's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge, he is shown to be a big fan of glam metal group Poison. According to A Complete Guide To Our Favorite Family, his favorite songs are "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Purple Haze" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Frankenstein" by the Edgar Winter Group, and "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath. He also showed he is a fan of Metallica, when he allowed the school bus to be hijacked by Bart Simpson, while unsuccessfully trying to offer them a ride. He also is very proficient at playing the electric guitar as he played a lot in high school, but his father's disapproval meant he never became a guitarist of a rock or metal band, when he proved to Bart that his was not broken (season 3 episode 22: The Otto Show). That was more noteworthy because Bart's guitar is left handed, and Otto played it right handed by just turning the guitar upside down.[2] Despite it all, he hates standing and jumping in mosh pits, as proven when U2 played Pride (In the Name of Love).

In the episode "Bart's Inner Child", Otto jumps on a trampoline designed for kids, demonstrating his immaturity. He also has a habit of describing things as "gnarly". In early seasons he is often used as a friend and confidant to Bart, despite their age difference. Later seasons however usually only depict him as a passerby citizen of Springfield.

He has been seen at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings: "My name is Otto, and I love to get blotto!" He is a stoner as well (he smokes with Homer in "Weekend at Burnsie's", had a joint with him on "Strong Arms of the Ma", and smoked a bong in The Simpsons Movie). It has also been implied that Otto used other drugs like LSD (in "Homerpalooza", during Peter Frampton's show, he sees his shoes talking to him; in "The Seven-Beer Snitch", Otto's urine sample was so loaded with illegal substances that the inside of it looked like a scene from the cartoon Yellow Submarine; and in a promotion for season 30 he described the afterlife as “mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere”). His openness towards substances is also demonstrated in the new HD intro, in which Otto ingests the plutonium rod that Homer tosses out from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

He was modeled after early Simpsons writer Wallace Wolodarsky, who at the time wore long black hair, shorts and a baseball cap.[3]


  1. ^ Bates, James W.; Gimple, Scott M.; McCann, Jesse L; Richmond, Ray; Seghers, Christine, eds. (2010). Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1–20 (1st ed.). Harper Collins Publishers. pp. 1105–1107. ISBN 978-0-00-738815-8.
  2. ^ ThingsICantFindOtherwise (March 7, 2016), I Meant A Real Guitar (The Simpsons), retrieved May 10, 2019
  3. ^ Kogen, Jay (2001). The Simpsons season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Homer's Odyssey" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.

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1990 in animation

Events in 1990 in animation.

B tuning

B Tuning or B Standard Tuning is the standard tuning for a seven string guitar, where the strings are tuned B-E-A-D-G-B-E. B tuning can also be achieved on a six string guitar, when the strings are tuned B-E-A-D-F♯-B, known then as Baritone Tuning. This tuning is popular among several different types of metal bands.

The following is a list of musical groups who use this tuning on a typical six-string guitar:


The Absence

Aeon (7 string guitars)

Aghora (7 string guitars) (on the album Aghora (album))

Allegaeon (7 string guitars)

All Shall Perish

Amaranthe (since Massive Addictive)


Amon Amarth (on most albums)


Anal Cunt



Angel Vivaldi (7 string guitars)

Animals as Leaders (On most of their first album, 7-string guitars)

Arch Enemy (On their first three albums: Black Earth, Stigmata and Burning Bridges; and a few songs from their more recent albums)

Arcturus on the album The Sham Mirrors


At the Gates

Attack Attack! on the album self-titled Album



Avatar (from Black Waltz onwards)


Biomechanical (7 string guitars) on the album Cannibalised

Black Label Society On "13 Years of Grief" from the album Stronger Than Death


Blood Has Been Shed

Blood Red Throne on the album Altered Genesis



Cannibal Corpse (7 string guitars)


Carach Angren

Cavalera Conspiracy (on the album Blunt Force Trauma and some songs on the album Inflikted)

Carajo (B flat tuning)


Cathedral on the albums Forest of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, Statik Majik, and The Garden of Unearthly Delights (album)

Cephalic Carnage

Coal Chamber (BEADGB, although some songs are dropped to A)

Coheed and Cambria (Key Entity Extraction II: Hollywood the Cracked, Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant)



Cult of Luna

Dave Matthews Band (On "You Never Know")

Despised Icon



Divine Heresy (7 string guitars)

DragonForce (7 string guitars)

Dream Theater (7 string guitars) (used on many songs, including "Lie", "Caught in a Web" and "The Mirror" from Awake; the 1994 version of "To Live Forever"; "A Change of Seasons"; "Just Let Me Breathe" from Falling into Infinity; "Scene Seven: I. The Dance of Eternity" from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, and most songs from the Twelve-step Suite)

Edenbridge (on their first five albums)

Edge Of Sanity


Electric Wizard on the album Dopethrone

Eluveitie (on many songs)

Emperor on the album Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise

Entombed (on their album Left Hand Path)



Fallujah (7 string guitars)

Fear Factory (used B on a six-string prior to Dino Cazares' 1995 switch to Ibanez, from whom he began 7-string guitars.)

Five Finger Death Punch

Fleshgod Apocalypse

Godflesh (used on the Godflesh EP and the Streetcleaner, Us and Them, and Hymns LPs)



HIM (First two albums and Venus Doom)

Human Device

Hunting Humans

Hypocrisy (On all albums up until Virus, from which they use A# Standard and on all albums after)

I Killed The Prom Queen

Illdisposed (All albums up until Burn Me Wicked)

Iron Monkey

John Prine (on "The Late John Garfield Blues" and "Fish and Whistle" since 1998)

Jungle Rot


Kingdom of Sorrow

King's X (on the album Black Like Sunday)

Kenn Nardi

Kreator (some songs on the album "Renewal")


Lacuna Coil (7 string guitars)

Lead Belly was rumored to use this tuning in a 12-string variation.

Linkin Park (on the song "Runaway" from 2003 concerts, but it was originally recorded on standard tuned 7-string guitars and "Don't Stay".)

Massacre (on Back from Beyond)


The Monolith Deathcult

MyChildren MyBride

Negură Bunget (7 string guitars)

Nekrogoblikon (7 string guitars)



Otto Mann

Pain of Salvation (7 string guitars)


Pomegranate Tiger (7 string guitars)


Profiles in Terror (7 string guitar and 6 guitar B tuned)

Raintime (7 string guitars)

Satariel (7 string guitars)

Scar Symmetry (7 string guitars, on Symmetric in Design and Pitch Black Progress; have since switched to Drop A tuning)

Seventh Void

Sepultura (from Roots onward)



Shadow Over Innsmouth

Sleep (on their new single "Leagues Beneath")



Spawn of Possession (6 & 7 string guitars; Jonas Bryssling plays a 6 string, while Jonas Karlsson and Christian Muenzner's parts are written for 7 strings)



Steve Vai (7 string guitars)

Sun Caged (7 string guitars)

Textures (7 string guitars)

Theory of a Deadman (on their song "No Surprise" and recent live performances of "Bad Girlfriend")

The Project Hate MCMXCIX

The Gazette



Trivium (7 string guitars, on some songs from The Crusade and all songs on Shogun)

Type O Negative

Underoath (7 string guitars, on some songs from Ø (Disambiguation) and Erase Me)

Unearth (7 string guitars)




Visceral Bleeding


Whitechapel (7 string guitars, only on a few songs)

Wicked Sisters

Winterfylleth (also use Drop A)

Within Temptation (lead guitarist Ruud Jolie uses 7 string guitars, while Robert Westerholt downtunes a six-string to B)


Brightside to kill (Along Journey)

All That Remains used this tuning on 6 string guitars on some early tracks and then on 7 string guitars on newer tracks such as "Wasteland".

Brown University in popular culture

Brown University, founded in 1764, is a private, Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island. Widely known for its prestige and for its Open Curriculum, Brown is consistently referenced in popular culture.

Cover band

A cover band (or covers band), is a band that plays songs recorded by someone else, sometimes mimicking the original as perfectly as possible, and sometimes re-interpreting or changing the original. These remade songs are known as cover songs. New or unknown bands often find the format marketable for smaller venues, such as pubs, clubs, or parks. The bands also perform at private events, for example, weddings and birthday parties and may be known as a wedding band, party band, function band or band-for-hire. A band whose covers consist mainly of songs that were chart hits is often called a top 40 band. Some bands, however, start as cover bands, then grow to perform original material. For example, The Rolling Stones released three albums consisting primarily of covers before recording one with their own original material.

Cover bands play several types of venues. When a band is starting out, they might play private parties and fundraisers, often for little or no money, or in return for food and bar privileges, although many professional musicians refuse to do this. With enough experience, a band will begin to "play out" professionally at bars and night clubs. Some cover bands are made up of full-time professional musicians. These bands are usually represented by an entertainment agency.

Unlike some famous bands, when the cover bands consist of professional musicians they often do not have a fixed line up of musicians, rather they are often made up of a flexible line up of session musicians, utilizing "dep" (deputy, that is, stand-in) musicians where necessary. The music industry is considered by many musicians as a relatively difficult industry to make an income in, and cover bands can be a good source of income for professional musicians alongside other work.

Elementary School Musical (The Simpsons)

"Elementary School Musical" is the twenty-second season premiere of the American animated television series The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on September 26, 2010. In this episode, Krusty the Clown invites Homer to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Later turning out to be a hoax, Krusty is sued by the International Court of Justice for his many instances of public indecency. Meanwhile, Marge takes Lisa to a performing arts camp for a week.

The episode was written by Tim Long and directed by Mark Kirkland. Upon airing, it was met with mixed reception from television critics. "Elementary School Musical" was viewed by 7.8 million viewers and attained a 3.7/8 rating in the 18–49 demographic, according to Nielsen ratings. The episode features guest appearances from Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Ira Glass, and Stephen Hawking.

Homer's Odyssey (The Simpsons)

"Homer's Odyssey" is the third episode of the first season of The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 21, 1990. In this episode, Homer becomes a crusader for citizen safety in Springfield, and is promoted to his current position as Nuclear Safety Inspector for the entire power plant. It was written by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky and was the first Simpsons script to be completed, although it was the third episode produced.

Lisa the Iconoclast

"Lisa the Iconoclast" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 18, 1996. In the episode, Springfield's bicentennial approaches, and Lisa writes an essay on town founder Jebediah Springfield. While doing research, she finds a confession revealing that Springfield was named after a murderous pirate named Hans Sprungfeld who never cared about the people of Springfield. Lisa and Homer decide to get the message out but instead anger the town council.

The episode was written by Jonathan Collier and directed by Mike B. Anderson. It was Anderson's first directing role and the story was inspired by the 1991 exhumation of President Zachary Taylor. Donald Sutherland guest starred as the voice of Hollis Hurlbut, a part that was written specifically for him. The episode includes several references to Colonial and Revolutionary America, including Gilbert Stuart's unfinished 1796 painting of George Washington. The episode features two neologisms, embiggen and cromulent, which were intended to sound like real words but are in fact completely fabricated (although it was later discovered that C. A. Ward had used "embiggen" in 1884). Embiggen, coined by Dan Greaney, has since been used in several scientific publications, while cromulent, coined by David X. Cohen, appeared in's 21st Century Lexicon. The episode was acclaimed by critics.

List of The Simpsons characters

Along with the Simpson family, The Simpsons includes a large array of characters: co-workers, teachers, family friends, extended relatives, townspeople, local celebrities, and as well as fictional characters. The creators originally intended many of these characters as one-time jokesters or for fulfilling needed functions in the town. A number of them have gained expanded roles and subsequently starred in their own episodes. According to creator Matt Groening, the show adopted the concept of a large supporting cast from the Canadian sketch comedy show Second City Television.The main episode characters, the Simpson family, are listed first; all other characters are listed in alphabetical order. Only main, supporting, and recurring characters are listed. For one-time and other recurring characters, see List of recurring The Simpsons characters and List of one-time The Simpsons characters.

Mann (surname)

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Margical History Tour

"Margical History Tour" is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons' fifteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 8, 2004. This is one of several Simpsons episodes that features mini-stories.


Otto is a masculine German given name and a surname. It originates as an Old High German

short form (variants Audo, Odo, Udo) of Germanic names beginning in aud-, an element meaning "wealth, prosperity".The name is recorded from the 7th century (Odo, son of Uro, courtier of Sigebert III). It was the name of three 10th-century German kings, the first of whom was Otto I the Great, the first Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Ottonian dynasty.

The Gothic form of the prefix was auda- (as in e.g. Audaþius), the Anglo-Saxon form was ead- (as in e.g. Eadmund), the Old Norse form was auð-.

The given name Otis arose from an English surname, which was in turn derived from Ode, a variant form of Odo, Otto.

Due to Otto von Bismarck, the given name Otto was strongly associated with the German Empire in the later 19th century.

It was comparatively frequently given in the United States (presumably in German American families) during the 1880s to 1890s, remaining in the top 100 most popular masculine given names in the US throughout 1880–1898, but its popularity decreased significantly after 1900 with increasing anti-German sentiment leading up to World War I; it fell below rank 200 in 1919, below rank 500 in 1947, and below rank 1000 in 1975; it re-entered the top-1000 most popular given names in the US only in the 2010s, ranking 696th as of 2013.


Ottoman may refer to:

Ottoman Empire, in existence from 1299 to 1923

Ottoman Caliphate, claimant to an Islamic caliphate from 1517 to 1924

Ottoman dynasty, ruling family of the Ottoman Empire

Osmanoğlu family, modern members of the family

Ottoman Turks, the Turkic ethnic group in the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Greeks, the Greek ethnic group in the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Armenians, the Armenian ethnic group in the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Serbs, the Serbian ethnic group in the Ottoman Empire

Ottoman Turkish language

Ottoman (furniture), padded stool or footstool

Ottoman (textile), fabric with a pronounced ribbed or corded effect, often made of silk or a mixture

Richard Wattis

Richard Cameron Wattis (25 February 1912 – 1 February 1975) was an English actor.


Rottweil (German: [ˈʁɔtvaɪl] (listen); Swabian: Rautweil) is a town in southwest Germany in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Rottweil was a Free Imperial City for nearly 600 years.

Located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps, Rottweil has about 25,000 inhabitants. The old town is famous for its medieval center and for its traditional carnival (called "Fasnet" in the local Swabian dialect). It is the oldest town in Baden-Württemberg, and its appearance has changed very little since the 16th century.

The Girl on the Bus

"The Girl on the Bus" is the twelfth episode of the thirtieth season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 651st episode overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on January 13, 2019.

The Great Wife Hope

"The Great Wife Hope" is the third episode of The Simpsons' twenty-first season. Originally broadcast on the Fox network in the United States on October 11, 2009, it sees the men of Springfield taking immense interest in a new combat sport called mixed martial arts (MMA). Marge is appalled by the violent sport and demands that the creator put a stop to it, but he agrees only if she will fight him in a match and win.

"The Great Wife Hope" was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Matthew Faughnan. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Chuck Liddell guest starred in it as himself. The episode featured multiple cultural references to fighting moves and positions, along with a single reference to professional wrestling promotion owner Vince McMahon.

Since airing, the episode has received generally positive reviews from television critics, particularly towards the final scene. It received a 4.3/7 Nielsen rating with adults ages 18–49, behind all other programs aimed at that demographic in its timeslot.

The Otto Show

"The Otto Show" is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons' third season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 23, 1992. In the episode, Bart decides that he wants to become a rock star after attending a Spinal Tap concert, so Homer and Marge buy him a guitar. He shows the guitar to Otto the bus driver, who plays it and consequently makes the children late for school. Racing to Springfield Elementary, Otto crashes the school bus and is suspended until he can get his license back. Bart, who respects Otto, invites him to move in with the Simpson family.

The episode was written by Jeff Martin and directed by Wes Archer. It was the first episode of the show to feature Otto Mann in a prominent role. "The Otto Show" features an appearance from Spinal Tap, a parody band that first appeared in the 1984 mockumentary film This Is Spinal Tap. The episode guest stars Michael McKean as David St. Hubbins and Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel. Harry Shearer, who is a regular Simpsons cast member, also starred in This Is Spinal Tap and reprises his role as Derek Smalls.

In its original airing on the Fox Network, the episode had an 11.5 Nielsen rating and finished the week ranked 41st. The episode received positive reviews and Spinal Tap was ranked as the 18th best guest appearance on the show by IGN.

The Simpsons (season 15)

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Wallace Wolodarsky

Wallace Wolodarsky (born 28 November 1970), also billed as Wally Wolodarsky, is an American actor, screenwriter, television producer and film director known for being one of the screenwriters for The Simpsons during the first four seasons with his writing partner Jay Kogen.

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