The Simpsons are famous for 3 things: Homer Simpson, Steamed Hams, and predicting 3254245342 things that came true. Okay, maybe not that exact number. But there are still way too many real life incidents whose mention we find in the popular shows. Nobody knows how the creators do it—many call them the illuminati. Others think the things never happened. Either way, one thing is for sure: The Simpsons have a great screenwriter, and that their jokes are always on fire.
This blog will walk you through some of the biggest and the most controversial events that these guys predicted way before they happened.
Yes, The Simpsons predicted 9/11. Let that sink in. in 1997 a Simpsons episode called “The City of New York vs Homer Simpson” showed Bart holding a poster that had a bus riding towards the Twin Towers. Only, the Twin Towers looked like the number 11 and there was a $9 sign right before them, reading: 9 11. Although the executive producer clarified that $9 was a hilariously cheap fare to New York, we still don’t buy it!
The 26th, 27th, and 28th Super Bowl Winners
Thrice in a row The Simpsons predicted correctly who would win the Super Bowl. Interestingly, this happened in an episode that was specifically about predictions. The predictions came out in 1992 in an episode titled Lisa the Greek. The following two years they simply rework the episode, and Lisa’s team wins each year. Eerie, but still doesn’t mean that the Super Bowl is as scripted as the WWE.
The Higgs Boson
12 years before the Higgs Boson particle was actually discovered in 2012, Homer Simpson stood in front of a blackboard, working our what seemed like an innocuous cartoon equation. He was trying to become the greatest inventor next in line. The equation that caught the attention of viewers later on, however, was the extremely complex Higgs Boson equation, and resulted in a scarily similar mass of the “God Particle,” years before it was actually discovered. Some people explain by saying that the writer was a person with a background in math—well, we’re just wondering what he was doing writing skits for the Simpsons and not solving equations in a university, because he’s clearly great at it!
Yes, They Predicted the Orange President
This is the most famous Simpsons prediction till date. Few people expected Trump to win (save his supporters) and the obvious favorites were Clinton and Sanders. At the end of the elections, only Trump supporters and the Simpsons were right, and so that’s that. Trump is a favorite character on the show, and there have been many skits aimed at the President. At the very least we can breathe a sigh of relief because the Simpsons did not predict any walls being built on the Mexican border—at least not yet they haven’t.
Back in 1995, when even Facebook was only in Zuckerburg’s imagination, Lisa the Greek used an app very similar to Facetime to converse with other characters in the show.
Glitch in the Matrix
In 2008, Homer Simpson goes to vote for Barack Obama. Twice he tries, and twice the machine switches his vote, instead showing he had voted for John McCain. This happens many times, and thus the episode remains. Funnily enough, after the 2012 elections passed by, there was some video footage that depicted an eerily similar scenario: votes being switched from Obama to Mitt Romney who opposed him as a Republican.
Half a dozen years before Edward Snowden spilled the beans on the government spying on people through their phone calls, Homer Simpson was already on his way to doing something similar. When his family is forced to go into hiding, he relocates them by going to a facility filled with hundreds of computers—and listens to their phone conversations.
In a 1997 episode Marge soothes a depressed Bart by reading to him from a book titled “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” The Ebola outbreak in America came decades later, in 2014, and shocked viewers when they realized just how insightful the Simpsons really are. It was certainly a curious title for a book to be read to a depressed child!
One thing is certain: the writers behind The Simpsons have a crystal ball, and we would very much like to know more about it!
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