25 Times The Simpsons Correctly Predicted The Future
It wouldn’t be going too far to say that ‘The Simpsons’ has been on everybody’s list of favorite sitcoms ever since the day it aired. This satirical depiction is a funny take on American society and human behaviors. Set in Springfield, a fictional town, the show is full of parodies and does an awesome job depicting the psyche of the working class! The Simpsons, a family of 5, efficiently epitomize the ups and downs of a working-class family. The longest-running American sitcom not only has more than 30 seasons with the 32nd season yet to go on air. The season is also to have the 700th episode of the series. The sitcom was so well received that back in 2007 a feature-length film, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ was also released and was a huge success! It even got converted into a video game!! With loads of Emmys in its bag, ‘The Simpsons’ never failed to entertain us while serving as the foundation of modern comedy. The family even has a Hollywood Walk of Fame in its honor and honestly, we don’t have any complaints. After all, we have spent countless hours with our beloved Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie, and Lisa!
We thoroughly enjoy the show each time we watch it and there have been times when The Simpsons successfully predicted the future! Over 30 years and hundreds of episodes later, some pretty bold predictions made by The Simpsons have actually ended up manifesting themselves in real life. While some predictions were satirical comments on politics and technology, there were times when they were purely coincidental and yet spot on!
Here are the 25 times when The Simpson jokes and plot lines came to resemble reality. Grab your glass of Malk, settle down in your Spinemelter 2000 and get ready to have some fun!
Got The Super Bowl Right
The Simpson kid was right in predicting that Washington Redskins would win. The football centric episode where Lisa made the prediction initially aired just a couple of days before the XXVIth Super Bowl. The succeeding year, the writer decided to dub under that year’s competing teams’ name and again were right in declaring Dallas Cowboys as being the victorious team! Another accurate prediction was of the XXIXth Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers emerged victorious over the San Diego Chargers in the game! Now, how cool is that?
Remember the episode where Homer flees along with his entire family to the countryside and they tale up farming? The Simpsons used plutonium to make their crops grow faster and bigger in size! This, however, resulted in mutated crops. What grew in the farm was a weird combination of tobacco and tomato and Homer called it ‘ToMacco’! Years after the episode aired, in 2013 mutated vegetables were found in Japan somewhere near a nuclear power plant. Among these abnormally large crops were tomatoes with weird growth on them. Rob Baur, an operation analyst, who drew inspiration from the episode and grafted together a tomato stem and a tobacco root brought to life a real ‘tomacco’.
Simpsons And Smart Watches
All of us love our smart watches, don’t we? This amazing piece of technology has made our lives so much easier right? You no longer have to take out your mobile phone each time you get a new notification or a call. Just connect your phone to your smart watch and you can now access your phone from your watch itself! Although, smart watches gained popularity only a couple of years back, The Simpsons predicted the same back in 1995. The episode takes us to 2010 where Lisa is getting married and we see a man talking into his wrist watch!
Fox Bought By Walt Disney
Our favorite sitcom even predicted that Disney would end up buying 20th century Fox! Blows your mind, doesn’t it? An establishing shot in one of the episodes of season 10 shows the logo of 20th Century Fox with ‘A Division of Walt Disney Co’ written below it. The episode aired under the name of ‘When You Dish Upon a Star’. We wonder if the writers were just joking around or actually wanted to bring Mickey Mouse and The Simpson family under the same banner! Whichever may be the case, we guess they didn’t really expect Walt Disney to buy Fox. Folks that did happen in July, 2018.
Attacked By A Tiger
In an episode of Simpsons, Springfield legalizes gambling and the town comes to resemble Las Vegas. Two entertainers perform an act with tigers and one of the entertainers is attacked by the white tiger in the course of the act! The episode aired in 1993! Come 2003,do you recall Roy from ‘Roy of Siegfriend’ getting lunged at his neck and dragged off the stage by the tiger? Although, he survived but couldn’t regain full control of the left side of his body. The entertainer, however, claimed that he got a stroke during the act and the tiger actually tried to help him! “He took care of me,” he said!
Simpsons And Autocorrect
The Simpsons not only correctly foresaw what the future had in store for us but in a few cases even made active contribution to events. In an episode of the sitcom, bully Dolph writes a memo that reads “Beat up Martin” on the Apple Newton which is itself translated to “Eat up Martha”. We have heard from different sources that while Apple was working on iPhone’s keyboard, they had made up their minds to perfect that part! The employees apparently used to quote “Eat up Martha” to one another to remind each other of the significance of the feature and voila we got autocorrect in our mobiles!
World Cup Prediction
Homer once entered the world of refereeing and that was probably the take of Simpsons on the World Cup guys! Homer’s entry was related to a massive corruption scandal leading to a shortage in the FIFA organization. The Simpson protagonist is though tempted, he overcomes his temptation and takes the decision of calling the big game fairly which results in Germany winning the trophy. Two things, Germany did emerge as the winner that year and various cases of fraud, money laundering and bribery were registered against FIFA employees and many arrests were made following the accusations!
Fan Mail From The Beatles
Ever imagined how wonderful would it feel receiving a reply to one of fan mails from your favorite star! Marge Simpson already knew that! She reveals having sent a painting to her high school celebrity crush, Ringo Starr. Ringo reverts back, although only after decades as he had vowed to reply to all his fan mails. The living Beatles seemed to have been inspired from this Simpson episode! In 2013, two Essex women finally received Sir Paul McCartney’s reply. They had sent him a mix-tape 50 years ago!! If you have sent a fan mail to your favorite star too, who knows, even you may get lucky soon?
Video Calls Become A Reality
With FaceTime becoming a reality, we are able to connect with friends and family in a more intimate way from far away. Recently, all our favorite apps from Instagram to Whatsapp have enabled video calls too! The Simpsons predicted this way back in the 1990’s. In the episode where Lisa is getting married, we see her talking to her mother over a rotary video phone. The phone has striking similarities with the older versions of video phones which used to come with keypads. How cool was that? Super cool, we think!
Gold For USA In Curling
The Simpson family loved it’s international trips like any one of us and in one such international trip, Marge and Homer Simpson get selected for the USA curling team for the Winter Olympics of 2010. Despite all odds against their favor, the Simpsons are able to sweep Sweden and get the gold medal home! 8 years later, the Winter Olympics of 2018 in Pyeongchang not even had the same result but even the same match up! Way to go Simpsons we guess!!
Trip To Space
In one of it’s yet another amazing episode named ‘Deep Space Homer’, we witness NASA electing a common man to space in order to increase the ratings for its shuttle launches. Fast forward to 2013, UK actually organized a contest to turn an average person into an astronaut. The contest held in Cape Canaveral consisted of various interviews along with other rigorous testing mechanisms. Oliver Knight, a 25 year old man emerged as the winner beating more than 250 candidates and is to be a part of a space trip with 23 other winners.
Lemon Tree Goes Missing
An episode of Simpsons that aired in 1995 named ‘Lemon of Troy’ shows a lemon tree being stolen in Shelbyville by the citizens. Sounds weird right? We sure think that it does! Who would have thought something like that could actually happen in real life! But folks, it did! In 2011, somebody stole a potted lemon tree from a married couple’s front porch in the middle of the night. The couple even posted fliers everywhere in the hope of getting the thief to return their beloved lemon tree. But seriously, who steals a tree?
Higgs Boson Connection Of The Simpsons
Homer Simpson goes on to become an aspirational inventor after getting inspired by Thomas Edison’s work! In a cutaway gag of the episode ‘The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace’, Homer can be seen profusely scribbling a mathematical formula on a blackboard. Apparently the formula has strong resemblances to the mass of a still undiscovered particle which is today known as Higgs Boson, also popularly referred to as the ‘God particle’! Homer predicts this in a 1998 episode, 14 years before the discovery of the particle! Blows away your mind right?
Voting Machines Being Rigged
The Simpsons also have some political predictions in their name. In the opening scene of one of the most acclaimed episodes ‘Treehouse of Horror XIX’ which is linked to the US presidential elections of 2008, Homer can be seen trying to put in his vote for Barack Obama but the machine keeps on choosing John McCain instead! The machine ends up killing Homer by sucking him in when he makes an attempt to report the problem. The case of faulty voting machines was actually reported in Pennsylvania in 2012 elections whereby votes were getting casted for Mitt Romney instead of Obama.
Greece’s Economic Mishap
In a 2013 episode of The Simpsons that is called ‘Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson’, there is a scene where Homer can be seen on a news show. In that particular scene the ticker on the screen reads, “Europe puts Greece on Ebay.” Although, this could not have happened literally, Greece did go on to have a troubled relationship with Europe! The conflict even made it to the headlines back in 2015. As anyone who reads the news would know, the relationship between the two countries is yet not completely smooth.
Deadly Outbreak Of Ebola
In the 9th season that aired in 1990, an episode called ‘Lisa’s Sax’ shows Marge reading to a forlorn Bart in an attempt to cheer him up. What she is reading to him is called ‘Curious George and the Ebola Virus’! Now, don’t we all remember the disastrous Ebola outbreak of 2014 and 2015? Though the disease was known to exist even before the said episode aired, the numbers recorded in 2014-15 were quite scary, as anyone would agree! We are just wondering how The Simpsons managed to get it right time after time! Aren’t you?
Nobel Prize Connections
The Simpsons are also known for creating what we popularly call as the “freeze frame gags”. These are nothing but visual references that would nearly go unnoticed if you don’t have the pause button at your fingertips already! In the premiere of the 22nd season of the sitcom, Lisa and her friend circle are shown to have put in a predictions sheet for the upcoming Nobel Prize announcements. Although, Milhouse lost after having put his bet on B.R Holmstrom for the Nobel Prize in economics, Holmstrom did end up bagging the honor in 2016!
Shard And Big Ben
We have got one ‘too weird to be a coincidence’ Simpson prediction for you guys. In ‘Lisa’s Wedding’ a shot of Big Ben is featured with a joke of it having a digital face now! If you look closely to the left hand side, you will notice a pointy spire that somehow does not fit in anywhere in the actual London skyline. Furthermore, if you look at the Shard’s construction, you will find striking similarities. The skyscraper not only boasts of a similar shape to the mysterious Simpson building but even sits in the same place when compared to the Big Ben!
Faulty Advertisement Claims
We all know how much Homer Simpson loves eating and how insatiable his hunger actually is, right guys? In an episode of the sitcom he even gets thrown out of a seafood restaurant after he takes up their ‘all you can eat’ deal! Another thing Mr. Simpson is famous for is not sucking it up! He goes on to sue the restaurant for a faulty advertisement. This probably inspired people as we have actual cases of people taking the legal discourse in similar events. Ironical or not, a similar case made its way to the courts in Springfield, Massachusetts.
An App To Translate Infant’s Gibberish
Believe it or not, the app game of The Simpson family was always on! Homer Simpson’s half brother Herb, who made occasional appearances to the show, goes on from being economically poor to filthy rich after inventing an app that effectively translates gibberish blurted out by babies into meaningful sentences! Anyone of you folks familiar with the ‘Cry Translator’ app which analyses an infant’s cry and tells you what he/she needs at the moment! As mind blowing as this invention may sound, the Simpsons nailed it years ago!
Is Universe Actually Shaped Like A Donut
When the most acclaimed and renowned cosmologist made his first appearance on the sitcom, the writers of the show could not miss out on the opportunity to put the world’s one of the most stupid man along with world’s most smart man in a single room! While sharing a discourse at Moe’s Tavern over beers, Hawking can be heard saying, “Your theory of a doughnut-shaped universe is intriguing. I may have to steal it.” Though the theory of the universe being shaped like a donut was once a genuine one since the 80’s itself, it has recently gained popularity!
Kill Bill And Itchy And Scratchy
In the episode called ‘Itchy And Scratchy: The Movie’, a billboard advertising the said movie shows Scratchy’s head getting cut off leading to the spurt of blood like liquid into open cars. The same effect was used by TVNZ in 2008 while promoting Kill Bill Vol. 1! The pavement is spattered with the Beatrix Kid’s latest kill. Inspired much? Or just a coincidence? Either way, the similarity is spot on!
Horse Meat In Disguise
In an episode that goes by the name ‘Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song’ in the 5th season of the sitcom, we see a cook slyly using horse meat as a secret ingredient in her recipes. Although this should have remained just a dark comedy but sadly enough that is not the case. Ever heard of a company called Bird’s Eye? Four of the said company’s beef products were found to contain horse meat in 2013 as per the reports of BBC. Biggies like Taco Bell purchased meat from Bird’s Eye!
Simulator Yard Games
In ‘Bart Carny’, the sitcom shows various characters playing carnival games back in 1998. One of the games is a simulator game that requires you to do yard work in it. In the episode, the players need to wear a headset while playing the said game. All of you must have played FarmVille, we guess! Resemblances anyone? The game was launched in 2009 and although does not require the players to wear a headset, it is nonetheless a simulator game whereby the players have to take care of land for fun!
Video Game Reference On Homer’s Jacket
We loved ‘How I Spent My Strummer Vacation’ episode of The Simpsons where Homer Simpson joins a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy camp hosted by none other than Rolling Stones! Towards the end of the episode, Mr. Simpson gets a jacket from the band that reads “Guitar Hero”. We find that just a tad weird as this 2002 episode seems to be making a reference to a very popular video game that was not even released till 2005! The Simpsons did it yet again!!