OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Addressing 1,300 college students about to receive degrees from his alma mater, cartoonist Matt Groening warned that real life won't be like an episode of ''The Simpsons,'' his Emmy-winning animated series.
Instead, it will be more like ''Survivor,'' the CBS endurance contest involving castaways on a rat-infested island.
''This is what real life is like. Sure you get a team, but you can't really trust them,'' Groening said Friday in an uproarious commencement address at The Evergreen State College.
''They will bicker with you. They will act like big babies. They will wash their underwear in the communal cooking pot. But you all have to stick together, at least until it's time to vote one of your teammates off the island.
''I guess what I'm trying to say is, maybe it's not too late to apply to grad school.''
Students, who choose their commencement speaker each year, have been trying to get Groening to come for several years, but his schedule always conflicted.
Fonda, Knievel to lead motorcycle parade
MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) -- An ''Easy Rider'' and a stunt rider will lead the Motorcycle Week parade from Meredith to the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon next weekend.
Peter Fonda, star of the 1969 movie ''Easy Rider,'' and Robbie Knievel, son of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel and a thrill-jumper in his own right, will lead the parade June 18.
The parade marks the last official event of the 77th annual Motorcycle Week, which begins today and is expected to draw about 300,000 bikers from around the country.
Thatcher shows kids where granny worked
LONDON (AP) -- Showing the kids where granny used to work, Margaret Thatcher slipped into the spectators' gallery at the House of Commons with her son's children.
Lady Thatcher, one of the most recognizable politicians during her tenure as Conservative Party prime minister from 1979-90, drew scarcely a second glance from other spectators in the gallery above the debating chamber.
Dressed in a blue suit, one of her hallmarks in power, she pointed out to her grandchildren where she used to sit at the head of ranks of Tory legislators, taking on opponents in feisty debates.
Thatcher, 74, leaned close to Michael, 11, and Amanda Margaret, 7, apparently explaining what was going on.
The children and their father, Mark Thatcher, are visiting from Cape Town, South Africa, where Mark and his wife, Diane, moved to several years ago.
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