The Simpsons is a popular animated comedy that has been around for many, many years. It airs internationally, but follows the story of a so-called ‘typical’ American family and captures pretty stereotypical people within it. There’s the drunk dad, the exasperated mom, the smart girl, the trouble-making boy, and the baby. Regardless of its flaws though, it’s been entertaining people for decades — but comedy isn’t all it has to offer.
It’s actually predicted the future multiple times.
Don’t believe me or think the coincidences will be small and barely there? Read on to be proven wrong. These are downright freaky, because the show has accurately predicted a whole bunch of unexpected things that actually happened. Has anyone tested the writers of this show for psychic abilities?
15.THE HORSEMEAT SCANDAL
The 2013 horse meat scandal was what pushed me into becoming a vegetarian. Don’t get me wrong, I had been considering it for a while, but this one really shoved me over the edge.
For those of you who don’t know what happened- well, first of all, where have you been? But secondly, it was a scandal where it was discovered that products advertised as “beef” actually had high contents of horse meat. In some cases, it was 100% of the said “beef.” Ewwww. Who saw that coming?
Well, uh, The Simpsons actually did.
There was a joke about assorted horse parts being sold for consumption in the show long before this scandal was a thing. Well, they warned us, and boy, I’m going to be paying a lot more attention to the gags in that show.
14.THE FOX AND DISNEY MERGER
In a surprise move at the end of last year, Disney agreed to buy the majority of Fox. Well, maybe it’s not that much of a surprise – Disney is a huge company who has their hand in everything these days, and they’ve taken over a lot.
Fox was just another one to add to the list, but still – it wasn’t as if there were any signs it was going to happen years in advance. It was just announced as a thing that was going to happen.
Except for the futuristic prediction show The Simpsons making a call on this by stating that Fox was owned by Disney years before the merge actually happened. Black Mirror, eat your heart out – you’ve got nothing on these predictions, and The Simpsons aren’t even trying.
13.HOMER’S FORMULA ♥
Here’s the thing about Homer – he’s portrayed as stupid, which is probably why he’s so funny. He spends his time not looking after himself, filling himself with beer and doughnuts (which I can relate to, to be honest), and he falls asleep on the job a hell of a lot, which causes problems for the rest of the employees and sometimes, the whole of Springfield. He’s funny, but he’s not a smart guy.
Except in one episode. Home wrote out an entire scientific formula… that just so happened to be eerily similar to an equation that would later be discovered to predict the mass of the Higgs Boson particle.
They didn’t discover proof of this until 2013, and it cost them $13 billion to conduct the experiment.
Should’ve just asked Homer.
12.GREECE’S ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
This show loves to make spoof news pieces, and the idea is that they’re so ridiculous, they’d never actually happen. Now, don’t get me wrong, so far, Europe hasn’t yet put Greece up on Ebay, and I’m not sure how the logistics of that would work… but during Greece’s economic collapse, they cut off money to them and I think it’s safe to say the show predicted this.
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This episode aired years before. Sure, like I said, it’s a bit of a stretch from what actually happened – but they predicted Europe was mad at Greece for their economics, and look what happened. The Simpsons is an American show, so I’m not even sure why they were focused on Europe here. Maybe because they were actually just making a prediction. Spooky.
We’ve all seen Autocorrect fails; they’re hilarious, and we even have a lot on this site to make you chuckle. Sometimes they drive us insane, though. But who’d have known that the first Autocorrect fail happened on The Simpsons, years before Autocorrect was even a thing?
One of the bullies on the show writes ‘beat up Martin’ on their writer’s pad, and it automatically corrects to ‘eat up Martha.’ This one is kind of insane, because it’s something we can all relate to, but at the time, no one could have saw this coming — our world didn’t have this technology yet. The Simpsons actually predicted that Autocorrect was going to be a thing in technology, and apparently, this was even a running joke at Apple while they were developing it.
10.THE EBOLA VIRIUS
Oh look! Another warning we didn’t listen to!
Really though, we need to pay way more attention to this show.
Ebola was a fairly rare virus until 2013, when the outbreak happened. It was the biggest outbreak in history, and many countries were pretty unprepared for it. A few years prior however, Marge is shown holding this book about Curious George and the Ebola Virus, using it as a bedtime children’s story.
Think about that for a second. This show could have picked any virus to use, any disease, and they happened to go with the Ebola Virus which just so happened to have a major outbreak a short time after. My head is spinning. I want this show’s writers to predict my lottery numbers.
9.APPLE WATCHES WERE A THING BEFORE APPLE KNEW IT
Apple watches–and other smart watch communication devices–only became a thing pretty recently. They weren’t without their critics, too. We have phones, laptops, and tablets, why would we need to tweet, text, and call from a watch? It seems a little flashy. But some people were into them, and it became enough people that they were pretty successful. Huh. Who’d have thought it?
Well, again… this show would have. Because it did. There was an episode where people were transported into the future, and people were using watches to communicate. Let me emphasize this: this was before smart watches were even a thing, long before! And yet for some reason, these writers had the thought that this was what the future was likely to be like!
I need to sit down.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with London, the Shard is a tall building shaped like a piece of glass – hence its name. It’s one of the tourist icons that people tend to go and grab pictures of because it’s pretty iconic on London’s skyline. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s a brilliantly designed building.
That The Simpsons just so happened to design it first.
Yes, this episode definitely aired before the building had been designed, let alone built. This picture of a digital Big Ben shows a building in the background that is clearly shaped exactly like the Shard. Hmmm. I wonder if the writers of the show could technically sue the designers for stealing their idea. That’s the only possible explanation for how this happened…
7.THE NOBEL PRIZE GOES TO…
There was an episode where the smart kids of the show tried to predict the upcoming Nobel Prize winners. Milhouse was always portrayed as a smart, and was pretty much the nerdy kid in the show. He got good grades but had really poor social skills – so it seems this is the kind of area he’d excel in.
And he did, because he guessed it exactly right.
Ignore the red circle and look at Milhouse’s predictions. He guessed Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the prize in Economics, and a few years later, this is exactly what happened.
Combined with all other coincidences in this list, I’m really suspicious that the writers don’t have some sort of superpower. I mean, what are the chances of one of these, let alone them all?
6.GUITAR HERO MERCH PRIOR TO THE GAME’S RELEASE
Everyone remembers Guitar Hero, right? A bunch of games released on various consoles where you had to buy the guitar for it in order to press the right buttons and play the song. They were massively famous games and everyone has heard of them by now. Therefore it’s not really a big deal that this guy is giving Homer a jacket with the name on it.
Except this game wasn’t released until three years after the episode.
Guitar Hero isn’t even a common name! It’s not like this is a common phrase that just so happened to have a game released after it was on a jacket in the show. The tiny things that this show has predicted are ridiculous because they’re so accurate. I’m tearing my hair out trying to find an explanation.
5.LISA WAS REALLY SMART
Lisa was a really smart kid, but I didn’t know she could predict the future.
Almost everyone around the world knows the terrible tragedy of the Twin Towers. On the 11th of September in 2001, terrorists crashed planes into the towers and killed a horrible amount of people. The after-effects are still lingering, what with PTSD, disease that came from the aftermath as people tried to help, and other absolutely heart-wrenching things.
There have been various conspiracy theories surrounding it, most of them false, inaccurate, and insensitive. But… look at this magazine cover.
The price and skyline spell out 9/11. It even says New York right above it. The chances of this coincidence having happened are mind-blowing, and this is one of the downright scarier things to have popped up here.
4.FAULTY VOTING MACHINES
In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer is trying to vote, and even though he’s pressing his preferred option, the machine defers him to the other. It was an amusing episode of political sabotage, changing voters options to another. This had never actually happened in real life – it was just their idea of a joke.
And then, shortly after, it did end up happening in real life. A machine was found changing voters’ votes for Barack Obama to Mitt Romney. The machine was fortunately reported and shut down, but who knows if this was happening elsewhere?
It honestly seems like The Simpsons are really trying to warn us at times. Some of these may be funny, but if only we had paid attention to others… if only we had known!
3.THEY INVENTED FARMVILLE
Everyone knows Farmville.
And you know why everyone knows Farmville?
Because we’re so used to getting those Facebook invitations. Or at least, I am. I never played but I still remember a time when those invitations were all I ever saw on Facebook:))
Like I said, I never played, but those who did swore it was addictive even though it was just virtual farmwork. It seemed like a strange idea for a game, and yet, it turns out it’s been thought of twice. There was an episode of The Simpsons where virtual yard work was a popular thing.
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And yup, you guessed it – Farmville came a long time after.
Maybe the writers of The Simpsons should be getting a share of their profits, since they came up with the idea first!
2.TRUMP AS PRESIDENT
Perhaps the most famous prediction that the show made was having Trump as president. Before Trump was even running, the show had a gag that Trump, a famous millionaire at the time, was actually going to end up as the country’s president. To the writers of the show, it was nothing more than a hilarious joke, something really far removed from reality.
And yet, that actually unfolded before our very eyes. Not only did he run, he won – and now Trump is a US President before our very eyes. Who would have ever thought of this kind of thing happening? Whoever came up with that gag must be feeling pretty spooked by now.
Or, who knows? Maybe Trump saw that joke on TV and that was what inspired him to run for office.
1.AND NOT JUST THAT, BUT THE ELECTORAL MAP!