10 Times “The Simpsons” Predicted the Future

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With 31 seasons, The Simpsons are the longest-running TV series in the US. The family debuted on The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987, like shorts. The half-hour prime time show debuted on December 17, 1989. The critically acclaimed cartoon is widely recognized as one of the best shows of all time. Its humorous take on everything from politics to pop culture to everyday family life has been praised numerous time. The show has been top of the country’s cultural pulse for so long that it has managed to predict the future quite accurately more than a few times. On this list, we are mentioning 10 Times “The Simpsons” Predicted the Future accurately. 

10 Times “The Simpsons” Predicted the Future

1. Faulty voting machines: (Season 20, Episode 4-Treehouse of Horror XIX)

     Though this wasn’t really a shock, it was a weird coincidence. In 2008, in the cold open of the 19th instalment of “Treehouse of Horror,” Homer goes into a booth to vote for Barack Obama. But the computerized machines counted all the votes for John McCain instead of Obama. In 2012, the same thing happened in Pennsylvania where a machine was taking votes for Obama instead to Mitt Romney.

2. Greece’s tanked economy: (Season 23, Episode 10: Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson)

    In 2012, when Homer appears as a guest commentator on cable news show Head Butt, a headline runs across the bottom of the screen reading “Europe puts Greece on eBay.” Three years later Greece became the first advanced country to lack to the IMF. Greece’s economy sunk deeper into crisis.

3. Ebola outbreak: (Season 9, Episode 3- Lisa’s Sax)

 

    Set in 1990, in an episode Marge tried to cheer up a miserable Bart with a version of Curious George and the Ebola Virus. Though the Ebola had existed before the episode it didn’t affect as many as it did in 2014 and 2015.

4. NSA Spying Scandal- (The Simpsons Movie, 2007)

     After escaping from the EPA biodome enclosing Springfield, the Simpson family is forced to go into hiding. But the NSA locates Marge and the kids by listening in on one of their conversations. Six years later, Edward Snowden first blew the whistle on the government mass surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet records. 

5. President Trump (Season 11, Episode 17: “Bart to the Future”)

     Probably the most talked-about prediction made by The Simpsons. When Lisa became the president of the United States, in a cabinet meeting, she offhandedly mentions, “We inherited quite the budget crunch from President Trump.” It was meant to refer to Trump as a Reform Party candidate attempting to run. But when Trump was elected president in 2016, this prediction gained a lot of popularity. 

6. Disney’s takeover of 21st Century Fox: (Season 10, Episode 5- When You Dish Upon A Star)

     At the end of the “When You Dish Upon a Star” an establishing shot showed the 20th Century Fox logo with “A Division of Walt Disney Co.” below it. Though it was a quick fun take at their parent company, the show probably didn’t expect Fox to sell to The Walt Disney Co. in July 2018. 

7. The discovery of the Higgs boson equation: (Season 10, Episode 2: The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace)

    A breakthrough that helps explain how everything in the universe has mass, the existence of the Higgs boson or “God particle” was confirmed by the scientists in only 2012. But in 1998, inspired by the work of Thomas Edison, Homer becomes an aspirational inventor. In one scene, Homer was pictured standing in front of a blackboard with an equation that predicted the mass of the yet-to-be-discovered particle. It was later discovered that the Higgs-Boson particle has a mass similar to Homer’s work.

8. FIFA’s corruption scandal and World Cup results (Season 25, Episode 16: “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee”) 

      After FIFA was having a shortage because of massive corruption, Homer was brought in for help. Germany wins the World Cup on the show. Similarly, Germany did win the title that year but more shockingly in 2015, FIFA employees underwent a slew of arrests following accusations of bribery, fraud and money laundering. 

9. Horse-meat scandal: (Season 5, Episode 19- Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song)

   In the fifth season of the show, Lunch lady Doris adding horse parts to a typical Springfield Elementary lunch was shown. But it became truly bizarre when in 2013, health officials discovered that several beef products contained horse meat.

  

10. Auto-correct: (Season 6, Episode 8- “Lisa on Ice”)

     The Simpsons not only prediction but actively contributed to the concept of auto-correct. The memo “Beat up Martin” written by bully Dolph on his Apple Newton was translated into “Eat up, Martha,” a crack at the PDA’s poor handwriting recognition. Years later, Apple employees actually added it to their iPhone keyboard.   

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