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For over three decades, “The Simpsons” has not only entertained audiences with its satirical humor but has also astonished many with its uncanny ability to predict future events. From foreseeing political changes to technological innovations, the show has had its finger on the pulse of society’s future. Here are 15 remarkable times “The Simpsons” eerily predicted the future with striking accuracy.
The Simpsons Predicts President Trump
In a 2000 episode, “The Simpsons” depicted Donald Trump as the President of the United States. This was 16 years before he was actually elected, making it one of the most talked-about predictions.
A 1995 episode featured a watch that could be used as a phone, foreshadowing the advent of smartwatch technology seen with devices like the Apple Watch.
In the same 1995 episode, “Lisa’s Wedding,” the show depicted characters making video calls on their phones, a concept that mirrors Apple’s FaceTime, introduced years later.
The Discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle
In a 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer Simpson is seen standing in front of a blackboard with an equation that closely resembles the mass of the Higgs Boson particle, which wasn’t discovered until 2013.
The Ebola Outbreak
A 1997 episode, “Lisa’s Sax,” showed a book titled “Curious George and the Ebola Virus,” eerily predating the major Ebola outbreak in 2014.
FIFA Corruption Scandal
In a 2014 episode, “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee,” “The Simpsons” predicted the FIFA corruption scandal that came to light in 2015, involving widespread bribery and corruption in soccer’s governing body.
Greece’s Economic Collapse
In a 2013 episode, “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson,” a news ticker hinted at Europe putting Greece on eBay, foretelling the country’s economic crisis that escalated in 2015.
Disney Acquires 20th Century Fox
In a 1998 episode, “When You Dish Upon a Star,” a sign is seen outside a studio indicating that 20th Century Fox is a division of Walt Disney Co., predicting the actual acquisition that occurred in 2019.
A 1994 episode, “Lisa on Ice,” jokes about an early Apple device’s faulty autocorrect feature, a foreshadowing of the common autocorrect mishaps experienced by smartphone users today.
Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance
The show predicted Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show in a 2012 episode titled “Lisa Goes Gaga,” where Gaga performs in mid-air, similar to her actual 2017 Super Bowl performance.
Nobel Prize Winner
In a 2010 episode, “Elementary School Musical,” Milhouse predicts that Bengt R. Holmström will win the Nobel Prize, which came true in 2016 when Holmström won the Nobel Prize in Economics.
The Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack
In a 1993 episode, “Springfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),” the show predicted the tiger attack on Roy of Siegfried and Roy in 2003.
The Invention of the Shard in London
In a 1995 episode, “Lisa’s Wedding,” a skyline shot of London includes a building that looks remarkably like The Shard, a building that was constructed many years later.
3-Eyed Fish Near Nuclear Power Plant
In a 1990 episode, “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish,” Bart catches a three-eyed fish near a nuclear power plant, eerily similar to a real-life discovery of a three-eyed fish near a nuclear plant in Argentina in 2011.
Voting Machine Glitches
In a 2008 episode, “Treehouse of Horror XIX,” a voting machine changes Homer’s vote, foreshadowing real voting machine malfunctions reported in subsequent U.S. elections.