Graphics geeks like to sneak it into scenes and games as an in-joke, an homage to their countless hours of rendering teapots; hence its appearances in Windows, Toy Story , and The Simpsons. Three 3D renderings, representative of common practice before the teapot came along. Reprinting privileges were granted by permission of the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. One nice thing about favorite numbers is that there are so many to choose from. One day over tea, Newell told his wife Sandra that he needed more interesting models. The teapot quickly became a beloved staple of the graphics community.