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SIOUX CITY -- Today is National Lazy Day, as one of those odd national days is marked for those with tendencies of sloth and pure indolence.

Sure, some people like to relax when away from work or family responsibilities. Others are just plain lazy, and some have no problem straight up admitting it.

Some people revel in it, as in laziness icon Homer Simpson, of "The Simpsons" television show. For almost 30 years, Homer has amused viewers with scads of ways showing he'll do most anything to exert as little effort as possible. How so?

Here's Homer on work

“Lisa, if you don't like your job, you don't go on strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed."

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THE SIMPSONS: When Lisa is ostracized at school, she turns to Homer for some advice in the "Lisa Goes Gaga" season finale episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, May 20 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. THE SIMPSONS ™ and © 2012 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Homer on work, again

“I think Smithers picked me because of my motivational skills. Everyone says they have to work a lot harder when I'm around.”

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THE SIMPSONS: Homer, Mr. Burns and Smithers n the "Homer The Smithers" episode of THE SIMPSONS on FOX.

He gives advice to others

"If something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing."

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Homer Simpson. 

On whether it even pays to try

“Trying is the first step towards failure.”

Or to put an even finer point on it

"Kids, you tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.”

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THE SIMPSONS: Homer promises Bart the next best thing to a submarine ride: revenge on Principal Skinner in the "Yellow Subterfuge" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 on FOX.

Trying shortcuts to get around normal ways of doing things

“If The Flintstones has taught us anything, it’s that pelicans can be used to mix cement.”

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When Homer is accused of stealing a million-dollar painting, only a detective from the 1970s can clear his name, or send him to jail. Homer and Manacek (guest voice Bill Hader).

On how much people need to follow societal conventions, including getting dressed

“Roads are just a suggestion Marge, just like pants.”

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THE SIMPSONS: Homer on THE SIMPSONS on FOX

On whether it is important to get out of the house to help society

“Volunteering is for suckers. Did you know that volunteers don’t even get paid for the stuff they do?”

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Bart, Homer, Maggie, Marge and Lisa.

And on whether it is even important to leave the house at all

“What’s the point of going out? We’re just going to wind up back here anyway.”

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Homer gets Flanders a job at the plant, and he soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished when Flanders starts to insist on carpools and demands more from Homer’s work performance. Meanwhile, Marge feels as though their marriage has lost its spark in the “Left Behind” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, May 6, 2018 on FOX.

However, eventually, in a Season 13 episode, Homer did vaguely climb the ladder of effort

"I finally did a job where I wasn't lazy, stupid or corrupt."

But, he went back to being reliably lazy Homer ever since, so all is as it should be in Springfield.

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