Sixteen years ago, an episode of “The Simpsons” predicted that Donald Trump would one day become US president and even predicted the announcement of his presidential campaign announcement with stunning accuracy.
Think that is unbelievable? A coincidence maybe? They’ve done it over and over again.
The animated sitcom, “The Simpsons,” has been on the air for decades and people are starting to notice the uncanny resemblance of the shows plot lines to future events.
Here you’ll find some of the most outstanding examples of this “phenomenon.”
These of the Simpsons predictions span the range of politics to science, art and architecture to current events.
Faulty voting machines
In Season 20, Episode 4, “The Simpsons” showed Homer trying to vote for Barack Obama in the US general election, but a faulty machine changed his vote.
Four years later, a voting machine in Pennsylvania had to be removed after it kept changing people’s votes for Barack Obama to ones for his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
The invention of the tomacco plant/ GMOs
In Season 11, Episode 5, Homer uses nuclear energy to create a hybrid of tomato and tobacco plants: the “tomacco.”
This inspired US “Simpsons” fan Rob Baur to create his own plant. In 2003, Baur grafted together a tobacco root and a tomato stem to make “tomacco.” Writers for “The Simpsons” were so impressed that they invited Baur and his family to their offices and ate the tomacco fruit themselves.
Some people maintain that “The Simpsons” predicted the 2014 outbreak of Ebola 17 years before it happened in Season 9, Episode 3. In a scene from the episode “Lisa’s Sax,” Marge suggests a sick Bart read a book titled “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” The virus wasn’t particularly widespread in the 1990s, but years later it was the top of the news agenda.
Ebola was first discovered in 1976, and though this latest outbreak has been the worst yet, it killed 254 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1995 and 224 in Uganda in 2000.
The discovery of the Higgs boson equationHomer Simpsons predicts formula
In 1998’s Season 8, Episode 1 called “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer Simpson becomes an inventor and is shown in front of a complicated equation on a blackboard.
According to Simon Singh, the author of “The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets,” the equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson particle. It was first predicted in 1964 by Professor Peter Higgs and five other physicists, but it wasn’t until 2013 that scientists discovered proof of the Higgs boson in a £10.4 billion ($13 billion) experiment.
The “Lisa’s Wedding” episode from 1995 (Season 6, Episode 19) came with a lot of unexpected predictions. During Lisa’s trip to London, we see a skyscraper behind Tower Bridge that looks eerily similar to The Shard and that is even in the right location. Construction on the building started in 2009, 14 years later.
In 1994’s Season 5, Episode 19 show, Lunchlady Doris used “assorted horse parts” to make lunch for students at Springfield Elementary.
Nine years later, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found horse DNA in over one-third of beefburger samples from supermarkets and ready meals, and pig in 85% of them.
Simpsons predict 9/11
No one knew what was going on that day, but I do know it changed the course of history. Before 9/11 though, The Simpsons had predicted it in Season 9’s episode “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson”.
In these clips not only was the Trump presidency predicted, but the campaign announcement was foreshadowed so accurately that its creepy.
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