Flanders has also been connected romantically with a beautiful Christian-rock singer, Rachel Jordan, and Sara Sloane, a movie star.
He also makes absolute certain every year to pay and file his tax returns at the start of the new year, especially when considering how the vast majority of Springfield usually waited until April 15 to file their tax returns.
Flanders grew up in New York and was the son of "freaky beatniks" who did not discipline Ned and let him run wild. Foster, a psychiatrist, who put the young Ned through the University of Minnesota Spankalogical Protocol, which involved eight months of continuous spanking.
The treatment worked so well that it rendered Flanders unable to express any anger at all and resulted in his trademark nonsensical jabbering at moments when he was particularly close to losing his temper, causing Ned to unknowingly repress his anger.
Reverend Lovejoy used to care for Flander's problems, but over the years Lovejoy became increasingly uninterested in Flanders' problems.
Flanders is shown to have a room in his house filled with memorabilia of the Beatles.
Flanders got his diploma from Oral Roberts University.
Flanders worked as a salesman in the pharmaceuticals industry for the bulk of his adult life.Ned's dogged friendship inspires the loyalty of others; when his Leftorium appeared on the verge of bankruptcy shortly after it opened, Homer arranged a George Bailey-esque bailout with the help of many people in Springfield.However, he also embodies many of the intolerant aspects of the American religious right.Homer generally loathes Ned, because his family, job, health and self-discipline are of higher quality than he could ever hope to attain himself.Homer has since come to have a love-hate relationship with Flanders, sometimes being his best friend, partly due to Ned's selfless tolerance of him, and other times treating Flanders with complete disregard.Homer seems to genuinely care for Ned, despite still expressing and often acting on feelings of loathing.