Any show with 30 years on network TV becomes an accurate time capsule of the past. But what kind of show makes precise predictions about the future? Only The Simpsons, and it gets pretty freaky at times! Yes, the Corona Virus is one of their predictions!
Most people out there have never heard of curling, and that's not a crime. It turns out that this a real sport, though — and a competitive one, at the Olympic level! The Simpsons highlighted a fictional final contest between America and Sweden, something that had never really occurred. But like the show often does, it predicted everything!
MIT professor Bengt Holmström won big in 2016, taking home the Nobel Prize in economics. While that's interesting enough, it turns out that this event was somehow predicted six years before — again, on The Simpsons!
On the show, the professor's name appeared on a betting scorecard. Smart little Lisa argued with Martin, Milhouse, and Database about Nobel Prize winners predictions, and it looks like Martin lost!
A massive gambling industry exists based on sports fans trying their darnedest to predict Superbowl winners every year. As it turns out, all they needed to do was tune into The Simpsons!
In 2012, Lady Gaga was featured character. Fans of both music and show were delighted! She performed a hanging Super Bowl halftime show for the town, dazzling the yellow people with her mid-air moves.
Perhaps the most famous fish in media, Blinky never fails to please with his signature three-eyed look. So cute, yet so obviously mutated! As the tale goes, it all started with a bit of fresh nuclear waste in the river. Is there any real world corollary out there?
It might be a bit of inside baseball, but the show somehow predicted a major merger well before the public knew a thing. In 1998, Homer visits Hollywood to take a look at a script with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Only the most eagle-eyed viewers noticed an interesting sign in the background. The 20th Century Fox headquarters claimed to be "a division of Walt Disney Co." — and almost 20 years later, it did happen!
No one would be surprised to see Ringo Starr featured on The Simpsons. In 1991, he was part of a plotline answering bags and bags of mail from decades ago, lost fan letters that deserved an answer. Would this actually happen in real life, too?
A staple on the Vegas circuit, Siegfried and Roy dazzled the world for decades. Audiences probably thought they had their craft down to a science. But in fact, they did not! Wild animals are not as predictable as people might hope, sadly.
Periodically, the show flashes forward to different imagined destinies of the Simpson kids. One very particular time, it got more realistic than anyone could have known. Always the overachiever, Lisa became president. But who was she replacing?
Bullies are always up to something at Springfield Elementary School, and one episode included a low-tech plot to"beat up Martin" yet again. The kids kept trying to plan this on a fictional electronic device, but they were thwarted by a built-in feature — over and over and over again. Every time they typed the message, the machine changed it to "eat up Martha" instead!
Particularly topical at the moment, fans online are claiming that The Simpsons predicted the deadly corona virus outbreak way back in the 1990's. Is there any truth to these swirling rumors?
Yet again, The Simpsons was ahead of the curve with this one. A very intelligent timepiece featured on the show has been noticed all over again recently. Could this have been the foreshadowing of the smartwatch, way back in 1995?
With all the controversy after the 2020 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, surely The Simpsons had some predictions about the outcome. The show that tells it all decided to address the future in its yearly Halloween special, "Treehouse of Horror XXXI". Homer witnesses some wild scenes, for sure!
The Simpsons have witnessed every presidential administration since Reagan — no small feat for a cartoon on network TV! With decades of scandals and surprises, there's always something new to spoof in politics. But one episode during the 2008 race made a future prediction in spooky detail, long before it was a punchline.
Warning: "Game of Thrones" spoiler alert ahead!
In season eight, episode five, Daenerys Targaryen shocked viewers when she destroyed the surrendered King's Landing. Thousands were obliterated! What does The Simpsons have to do with this GOT plot mess, though?
Way back in 2014, a soccer episode premiered. The fictional international organization on the show consulted Homer for help with their image, and repeatedly tried to bribe him throughout his unlikely referee gig at the World Cup. Homer refused — but the world would see a similar scandal in real life just a year later!
In 2012, Homer Simpson had an exciting media moment. Invited on as a guest on fiction cable news, he had his chance in the spotlight to comment on public affairs. No one really remembers what he said, of course. It was all about the spooky screen ticker at the bottom!
Homer sure does love a good get-rich-quick scheme. One memorable episode involved a slimy, sneaky plan. Quietly stealing grease with a long tube poked into local restaurants, he really found a zero-cost, high-profit model!
Sure enough, The Simpsons went to space. After exploring the earth near and far, it was only a matter of time. Average suburban dad Homer was chosen to blast off for NASA, and viewers certainly enjoyed seeing him chase floating snacks around the craft. What else would he want to do up there, honestly?
In 2007, The Simpsons finally became a movie. Fans had clamored for this to happen for years! Predictably, when it came out, so did a key forecast. When Marge mentioned her plan to expose government secrets, the cartoon camera panned out to show the headquarters of the American NSA — the National Security Agency!
That Fat Tony, always scheming. A total authority on crime, the mafia boss had a bright idea back in season 13 that he knew was going to be a big moneymaker. Why not repackage live ferrets as poodles?
In 1998, Homer Simpson finally became a respected inventor. He was seen in front of some pretty complicated math during the process, but viewers could not have known just how real that blackboard equation really was.
Yes, the repulsive horse meat episode. Everyone remembers the lunch lady and this plotline, but who could think that real life would bring such a scandal?
Michelangelo's David is one of the most famous pieces in the art world. But the wider world is not a cultural monolith, and some cultures remain more conservative today. The Simpsons humorously showed townspeople protesting against the statue's exposed genitals, which turned out to be very true years later!
Some people claim that The Simpsons actually predicted something quite serious: Ebola! Crazy stuff. Could that really be possible?
In 1999, the nation imagined the taste of a new, disgusting crop. When Homer used nuclear energy to grow a hybrid of tobacco and tomato, he knew he had a winner — the tomacco!