This month, The Sims is celebrating 15 years of plumbobs, WooHoo, and everything Sims. If you follow @TheSims on Twitter or are a fan of The Sims page on Facebook, you’ve likely seen a good deal of celebratory Fun Facts posts, and learned a bunch of cool stories about the history of the franchise. The first item ever created in The Sims? A toilet. Simoleons? They got their name from the 18th century British slang for sixpence: simons.
But we’re not the only ones thinking back on the franchise – The Sims community has been thinking about their favorite fun facts about the franchise, too! We’d love to hear your fun facts in the comments below, and here are a few to get you started.
AstroX1424 remembers a more quaint time for The Sims, when babies were just a quick peck away. “Fun fact: In The Sims 1, you had a baby as a result of kissing someone.”
Terrylin remembers having a bear of a time in The Sims. “Fun fact: In TS1 Claire the Bear was an actual bear that would steal from your picnic basket or dig in your trash.”
Turns out, The Sims didn’t actually invent the plumbob according to Scobre (or, actually Wikipedia). “Fun fact: Definition of the plumbob: “A plumb-bob or a plummet is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. It is essentially the vertical equivalent of a “water level”.
icmnfrsh remembered an urban legend that turned out to be true. “Fun Fact/Easter Egg: Nessie the Loch Ness Monster sometimes appeared in the lake in the neighborhood screen back in The Sims. There was also a cheat to make her appear.”
But don’t feel restrained by facts about the games themselves. Some of the facts we’ve seen are more personal than others. For instance,junceda said “My children drove me into The Sims fifteen years ago and I am driving now their children into the Sims (2/3/4) and they are delighted to play the “little people” with their granny!”