This post explores the meanings behind the new names and words that are used in the Crook and Ladder event.
Crook and Ladder.
The title of this event obviously alludes to the board game Shoots and Ladders. Ladder because a fire truck has one and it’s used in fire rescue. Crook may refer to the Crook County Fire and Rescue in Prineville, OR. Or maybe the Crook Fire Station in the UK (which features a nearly identical, but reverse, design of the fire station). Though, there is a Simpsons episode with this same title that features some thievery (Homer acts like a crook). This event did not feature that.
Make [Springfielders] Throw E.L. James Books on the Fire.
E.L. James books equates directly to the Fifty Shades of Grey series. They would not only be good fodder for a book burning because of their erotic content, but also for their poor quality. There may also be a pun in it being a “Christian” book burning, because Christian Grey is the namesake of the series.