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Simpsons Mania Strikes Mark Hoppus, Vermont, People Who Like Free Slurpees

July 11, 2007 2:21 PM ET

Simpsons fever has now reached +44's Mark Hoppus. Last week, a dozen 7-Eleven stores around the country were remade into Kwik-E-Marts to promote July's The Simpsons Movie. Hoppus visited the Los Angeles 'Mart and excitedly reported his findings on his blog yesterday. "This was definitely the first time I have waited in line for 15 minutes to shop at a 7-Eleven and it was totally worth it," he wrote alongside several photos of the store's redecorated interior.

The bassist-singer also blogged about how he visited the movie's official site to turn himself into a Simpsons-esque character when he realized ... he had been a Simpsons-esque character (blink-182 was on the show in 2003 for the show's 300th episode). "Six words. I got to say six words on The Simpsons, and it is one of the best things that has happened in my life," he recalled.

In other news, Springfield, Vermont beat out 13 other Springfields nationwide to host The Simpsons' premiere on July 21, and you can nab a free Slurpee today at 7-Eleven stores across the country in honor of the chain's 80th birthday.

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