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The Frinkiac Is A Deeply Important Search Engine That Matches ‘Simpsons’ Quotes With Appropriate Stills

It's a website that's simple yet ingenious and it fits right in the palm of your hand.

Remember when you had to painfully trawl through Google for what seemed like eternity to find the right screencap for the right Simpsons quote? That’s what you’ll be saying later today after you’ve spent your remaining work hours worshipping the Frinkiac, a new search engine designed for Simpsons fans/not-garbage people. And don’t worry, it only bothers with seasons one to fifteen, so there’s no chance of any awful unfunny jokes appearing on your screen.

Named after Springfield’s resident scientist, Professor Frink (but of course, you already knew that), the Frinkiac was created by three coder buddies who all had the burning desire for quick and easy access to dank Simpsons memes. “We had the idea several years ago when we were quoting The Simpsons at each other all day long, and it was surprisingly difficult to find an image of the scenes we were quoting on Google,” Sean Schulte, one of the creators, told Wired.

The Frinkiac forefathers finished creating this piece of pivotal technology several months ago, but after exclusively using it between friends and colleagues, they decided to make it public. I shudder to think of an alternative reality.

Everyone in the world right now, imagining a reality where the Frinkiac was not made public.

This ingenious, consequential website possibly sent from the gods is very easy to use: simply type in keywords from your Simpsons quote — and it has to be a quote, not a scene description — and the Frinkiac will bring up various screenshots from that scene.

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THERE IS LITERALLY NO POINT IN USING GOOGLE EVER AGAIN.

Once you’ve selected the screenshot you want, you then get the option to make a meme with it — and the text is in the Simpsons font and everything!

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THIS IS ALL I’VE EVER DREAMED OF.

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GOOGLE IS DEAD TO ME.

Although this genuine piece of internet beauty is wholly perfect just the way it is, the Frinkiac team are keen to add some further functions and abilities. “We have lots of ideas, but much of it is geared around trying to make the search ‘smarter’,” said cocreator Paul Kehrer. “For instance, we commonly see heterographs in searches (e.g. breaks vs. brakes). Google is smart enough to handle this sort of thing, but currently Frinkiac is not.” Schulte says he’d also like to add some social media sharing functions.

For some deeper info on how the engine works you can read Kehrer’s blog post about it, but honestly, you’re just wasting precious time you could be using to inundate your hard-drive with every Simpsons meme you’ve ever wanted.

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