The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom which first aired in 1989. Since then, 662 episodes of the show have been broadcasted. It is widely recognized as one of the best shows ever made for its entertaining mockery of everything from politics to everyday family life.
Over the years many incidents shown in The Simpsons have come true. As more and more predictions are changed to reality, fans are beginning to get spooked. Many believe it’s a propaganda, others think it’s mere coincidence, however, no one is truly sure as to what might be the real reason for the growing similarities between the two worlds.
Here are 5 instances when The Simpsons successfully predicted the future:
1 – Siegfried and Roy’s tiger attack
In Season 5, Episode 10: “Or, How I learned to stop worrying and love legalized gambling”, after gambling is legalized by Springfield, Mr. Burns opens a casino. It has its own magic show where Gunter and Ernst perform while copying and mocking German magicians, Siegfried and Roy. However, they tragically get attacked by a tiger during their performance. Fast forward 10 years, Roy was attacked by a tiger during his act as well.
2 – Higgs Boson
The presence of the Higgs Boson or the “God particle” was confirmed by physicists in 2012, however, Homer predicted the mass of the given particle in 1998. The particle was a breakthrough that helps explain how everything in the universe has mass associated with it.
In Season 10 Epsiode 2, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”, Homer decides to become an inventor and can be seen standing in front of a black board with an equation that predicted the mass of the yet-to-be-discovered particle. Apparently, when worked out, the mass from the equation is only a little larger than the actual mass of the Higgs Boson. Impressive.
3 – Holmstrom’s Nobel Prize
In a scene from season 22 premiere, Martin holds up a piece of paper showing the betting pool for Nobel Prize winners. If seen in the Millhouse’s column, he predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel in Economics. However, it wasn’t until 2016, when Holmstrom actually won the prize.
4 – Disney takes over Fox
In season 10, Episode 5: “When you dish upon a star”, Ron Howard pitched a screenplay that Homer wrote to producer Brian Glazer of 20th Century Fox. At the start of the scene, a sign can be seen which says “20th Century Fox A division of Walt Disney Co”. Fast forward 20 years, the deal was officially finalized and Disney acquired Fox for $66.1 billion.
5 – Trump’s presidency
The Simpsons predicted that Trump would become president in Season 11, Episode 17: “Bart to the Future”. The episode shows Bart thinking about the future where his sister, Lisa, is the president. She says, “As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump”. Skipping a couple of years, Trump became the president of the United States.
Spooky right?! But hold on, these aren’t the only predictions that came true. There were many other such instances, foretold in The Simpsons, which ended up happening in real life! Some of these included Smart watches, Autocorrect and Greece’s Debt where according to a headline in the show, Europe put Greece on ebay.