Burst Pipes Created Ridiculously Warped Gym Floor, Just Like That One Episode of ‘The Simpsons’

warped gym floor (warped basketball court)

You know that episode of The Simpsons where Bart uses a fire hose to flood the Springfield Elementary gymnasium, leaving behind a ridiculously warped gym floor which Groundskeeper Willie tries (in vain) to dry out with a hair dryer? It was episode 228, “Brother’s Little Helper,” and eventually Bart gets diagnosed with ADHD and put on a drug called Focusyn, which causes him to turn psychotic, hijack a tank from a military base, rampage through the town, and shoot down a Major League Baseball spy satellite. Then Mark McGwire shows up and hits some home runs.

But back to the part about the ridiculously warped gym floor. It probably seemed like just a silly sight gag at the time. However, it turns out it was actually pretty realistic.

We know this now thanks to Reddit user longjohnsilvaa, who started a thread called “This is what happens to a basketball court when the pipes burst” and posted this photo of an actual warped gym floor:

warped basketball court

Later on in the thread, a couple other Reddit users chimed in to explain how this could actually happen:

warped gym floor reddit thread

So the next time you see this…

simpsons warped gym floor

…remember that it’s not just a joke. It really can happen.

Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]

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