“The Simpsons” is one of the longest-running animated comedy series created in 1989 which won the hearts of fans worldwide. Apart from its satirical pizzazz, the show also gained traction because of its uncanny ability to predict the future. Whether born out of pure luck or the brainchild of the smart and uber-witty writers, the series revealed clues of important events way before they actually took place. It showcased some ideas that sounded so absurd at the time but eventually happened to be true a few years down the line. That said, here are some of the most remarkable predictions made by the show that actually came true later on.
In a 1995 episode titled “Lisa’s Wedding,” the show somehow envisioned what would become today’s Apple Watch, when Lisa’s fiancé had the high-tech wearable gadget in which he could use to communicate, pretty much how a smartwatch works. It is worth noting, however, that the accessory seen in “The Simpsons” was nowhere close to what the tool in the present times looks like.
In the show, a cell phone was literally attached to a strap unlike the wearable we have today which are much lighter and smaller. Of course, the episode was one of the few forays of the show into the future, and obviously, the team’s prediction was on-point with the functionality of the watch, even if not on the design.
Disney Acquiring the 20th Century Fox
In 1998, an episode titled “When You Dish Upon A Star,” Homer and his family went to Fox Studios in a bid to chase after his dream of creating his own film. The studios depicted a big 20th Century Fox, however, what really caught everyone’s attention was a small slogan written below the name that said “A Division of Walt Disney Co.”
It earned just a few laughs at the time, but 19 years later, Disney bought the studios for a whopping $66.1 billion. Even though Disney had been devouring smaller channels and studios in the past years, one wouldn’t think that it will eventually buy Fox, although the writers may have a futuristic mindset.
As spooky as it sounds, the Ebola virus was referenced in a 1997 episode through a book, with the title “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” In the installment, Marge was reading the book in a bid to cheer up Bart who was feeling blue. After 17 years, the deadly outbreak hit America, and conspiracy theorists immediately said that “The Simpsons” was capable of predicting what could happen.
However, it was in 1976 when the Ebola virus was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which as of writing, is battling what was dubbed as the second deadliest outbreak of the disease. That said, it seemed that many US citizens weren’t aware of it prior to 2014 and that the writers may have unknowingly warned Americans early on.
Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance
In a 2012 episode titled “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga went to perform in Springfield and encouraged Lisa – this was touted as one of the worst episodes of the show, but what was really interesting was the eerie similarities between the episode’s storyline and the pop star’s performance in last year’s Super Bowl Halftime. Even though the comedy show didn’t actually mention the name of National Football League, its prediction about the event was pretty on-point.
However, what made people say that it was the Super Bowl was Lady Gaga’s outfit during her Springfield concert – the one which suspended her in the air. The uncanny resemblance further jolted up speculations about the show’s predictive skills.
Roy Horn’s Tiger Attack
Fans of Roy Horn, the half of the duo popularly known for their unbelievable appearances with white lions and tigers, all know how the American met his untimely demise on Oct. 3, 2003, when he was attacked by a white tiger, Montecore, the same animal the victim used to praise for saving his life during a stroke.
Eerily, an episode of “The Simpsons” in 1993, a decade before the gruesome event took place, showed that the duo was attacked by a white tiger. Although it gained quite a few laughs, putting the more recent event in context makes the episode far from funny. There is simply no explanation on how the writers would have guessed how Horn would have died.