• As mentioned on the DVD commentary, the Anthology of Interest episodes came from a desire to tell stories that couldn't be told in normal continuity, similar to Marvel's What If? comics.
  • The title "Tales of Interest" may also be a reference to the Sci-fi themed Marvel Comics series, Tales of Suspense best known for introducing the superhero Iron Man.
  • The Fing-Longer reappears in later episodes. In commentary, it has been revealed that Farnsworth 'got around to making it'.
  • This episode introduces the narrator who reappears in Anthology of Interest II, The Farnsworth Parabox, and Bender's Big Score.
  • When rebroadcast during the 2000 Presidential Election, the tagline at the start of the episode said, "Starring a guy who is kind-of, sort-of our next president, maybe!".
  • Scruffy has his first speaking role in this episode.
  • This is Al Gore's first appearance in any television show.
  • Bender's entire story is a parody of The Iron Giant.
  • After coming online and scratching himself, Bender burps his trademark burst of flames. The belch sound effect is subtly accompanied by Godzilla's roar.
  • When giant Bender flies to Earth the song Iron Man by Black Sabbath is heard.
  • When asked who he is by Fry after crash landing, Bender identifies himself as "a big robot and I want a big cereal!" referencing the slogan used by Honeycomb for TV adverts in the 80's.
  • During Bender's "rampage" across New New York he stops to grab a smoke using a (conveniently cigarette looking) smokestack from a plant for Kentucky Slims Chicken Flavored Cigarettes, a parody amalgamation of the Virginia Slims and KFC brands.
  • Sadly, Gary Gygax passed away eight years after this episode aired. "Bender's Game" was dedicated to him.
  • If one looks closely, Nibbler's third eye can be seen behind the trash can in Fry's story, because he was intended to push Fry (see "The Why of Fry").
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