We all know and love The Simpsons, the iconic cartoon comedy that has been making us laugh for decades. No doubt, the writers, voice actors, producers, and animators of the show are a highly talented crew; rare breeds of geniuses and masters of their craft. It’s no wonder why the show has been on since 1989, with a total of 677 episodes. But do they also have another, more mysterious talent?
Time after time, The Simpsons have seemingly made predictions about the future, and some of them feel too accurate to be a coincidence. Of course, we’re not big into snake oil, crystal balls, conspiracy theories, and the like. But some of these cases really make us wonder. Sit back, grab some snacks, and get ready for a tour through some of the most striking cases where the makers of The Simpsons show us they can predict the future.
Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance
In 2012, The Simpsons aired “Lisa Goes Gaga.” In the episode, Lady Gaga is passing through Springfield on her way to a concert. She comes to the conclusion that the city is, more or less, bummed out, and Lisa, especially, is suffering from depression due to circumstances at school. Lady Gaga decides that she’s going to set out on a mission to cheer the city, and Lisa, up.
She gives a crazy, classic Lady Gaga-style show and all ends well. Five years later, the (real-life) plot thickens, and Lady Gaga performs at Super Bowl LI. Instantly, people started noticing striking similarities between The Simpsons episode and her real-life performance. For one, she was wearing pyrotechnic underwear. And two, her performance included intricate props involving her flying through the air. The similarities are one to one.
Tomacco, the Mutant Tomato
The 1999 episode called “E-I-E-I-D’oh” features a plot wherein Homer becomes a farmer following their relocation to a rural region just outside of Springfield. But Homer’s farming venture doesn’t go so well, and he fails to grow anything for long a time. Then, Homer calls up Lenny and asks him for some plutonium (wow, great idea!) to help things get started up.
As Homer’s farming plans experience a renewal of ambition, it becomes clear that he mixed the tomato seeds with tobacco seeds, thus yielding a product they called “tomacco.” Snapback to reality and fast forward four years and voilà: some dude (Bob Baur) actually fused a tomato plant and a tobacco plant by intertwining their stems! This isn’t exactly a case of The Simpsons predicting the future; Baur says he was inspired by the show.
Disney Buys 20th Century Fox
1998 was full of good stuff. One of those things was the airing of the episode “When You Dish Upon a Star.” In the beginning, Homer crashes into the Springfield home of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, and then he persuades them to take him on as their assistant. After some turbulent events, Homer eventually blows their cover and the town finds out that two celebs live among them.
Interestingly (and somewhat eerily), The Simpsons seem to have made a prediction of epic proportions here. In the episode, 20th Century Fox is owned by Disney. In real life in 1998, this was not the case. Almost 20 years later, however, Disney did indeed purchase 20th Century Fox (for about $52.4 billion!). It’s not the case, obviously, that the episode inspired the deal. So it seems that The Simpsons creators have crystal balls up their sleeves.
The Simpsons has been running for over 30 years, so with hundreds of episodes, we can expect that some of the events that happen in the show will also happen for real. Still, the “coincidences” sometimes seem too perfect. This is the case with the 1994 episode titled “Lisa on Ice”. To her great dismay, Lisa is in the throes of failing gym class, so she is forced to make up for it by taking extra-curricular sports.
She discovers she’s good at hockey and decides to get involved. A sibling rivalry develops between her and Bart, and in the end, they face off in a match, but eventually things resolve. This aired way before the advent of auto-correct technology in 2005. Yet, despite its early days, The Simpsons made a correct prediction. At one point, on a device, Dolph writes “Beat up Martin”. The phone automatically changes it to “Eat up Martha.” How’s that for precognition?
The Beatles’ Belated Fan Mail
In the memorable 1991 episode titled “Brush With Greatness“, after an embarrassing ordeal involving Homer at the water park, Marge decides to relight her passion for painting. Her first model: Mr. Burns. Shortly after, Marge accidentally walks in on Mr. Burns in the shower and sees him naked. The two don’t mention the incident.
Despite being urged to portray Mr. Burns as beautiful and strong in her painting, Marge ultimately decides to show him as the old, weak, and frail man that he is, plus, he’s naked. Mid-episode, Marge recalls sending a letter to Ringo Starr, but never getting a reply. In the show, we see Starr going through bags of back-logged fan mail. It turns out that in 2013, two Beatles fans received a reply to a letter they had sent to Sir Paul McCartney… 50 years earlier!
The Emergence of the Smart Watch
The episode called “Lisa’s Wedding” was aired in the glorious year of 1995. The plot is about Lisa and her brush with a fortune teller. The clairvoyant prophesizes that Lisa will, in 15 years henceforth, meet someone, fall in love, and get married. We get glimpses of the future, and indeed Lisa is with someone as an adult, but in the end, the relationship doesn’t work out.
At one early point in the episode, when we’re seeing 15 years into the future, Lisa’s fiancé whips out a then-strange-looking device: a combination between a phone and a watch. Keep in mind that the first “primitive” smartwatch only came out in 1998, three years after this episode aired… Coincidence, inspiration, or something else? Who knows?
Siegfried, Roy, and the Notorious Tiger Incident
We guess that maybe this one doesn’t take any clairvoyance or precognition to predict. That is, if you spend enough time in the intimate company of big tigers, your chances of getting into trouble are significantly higher than they would otherwise be. Let’s break down this fascinating and sad case. In the 1993 episode known as “$prinfield”, the town’s economy is in decline, so residents and officials decide to give it a boost by popularizing gambling.
Marge gets addicted to the slots, Homer eventually lashes out, and Bart, being too young to legally gamble, opens his own underground casino. In one segment, Siegfried and Roy come in to give a performance. Then, all of a sudden, their white tiger viciously attacks them. Ten years later, in real life, this is, tragically, exactly what happened. During a live show, their up-till-then trusty tiger, named Mantecore assailed Roy, causing him severe injuries.
Sending an Average Joe Into Space
Welcome back to the year 1994, the year The Simpsons predicted an average Joe would make into space. In “Deep Space Homer”, Homer feels worthless at work because Mr. Burns, his boss, selects a metal rod as “employee of the year.” Homer is disappointed because he believed that he would the recipient of the accolade. After a multiple-element fiasco, events pave the way for Homer to go into space with Buzz Aldrin and Race Banyon.
After more layers of the fiasco and some other funny stuff ensue in space, Homer returns safely to Earth, and the metal rod is featured on the cover of Time (lol). 20 real-life years later, Oliver Knight, who for all intents and purposes is your quintessential (British) average Joe (just as Homer is the American one), beat 87,000 other contestants in a series of tests comprising the Lynx context. His prize? A trip to space! The story is insane, check it out!
Defective E-Voting Machines
In 2008, The Simpsons aired an episode called “Treehouse of Horror XIX”, which featured three self-contained segments. In the first scene of the episode, Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama. Things don’t go according to plan because the machine is rigged and it repeatedly selects Republican candidate John McCain. Soon after, the voting machine literally sucks Homer in, beats him up, and spits him back out.
As it turns out, this little slice of the episode would prove to not be complete fiction. During the election, (after the episode aired), there were a couple of reports, one to the secretary of state, another to state election officials, warning that some electronic voting machines were malfunctioning. Separately, a lengthy report from scientists at Princeton University also cast dire warnings of malfunctioning voting devices. The Simpsons was at it again.
Predicting the Mass of the Higgs Boson
If you’re into math and science and The Simpsons, you should fire up Google and do a little search and look for what people have to say about the connection between the show and mathematics. It’s pretty mind-blowing, check it out. Anyway, in 1998, in the episode called “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer falls into a depression because he feels he hasn’t accomplished anything worthwhile in his life.
Then, inspiration strikes and he decides to become an inventor, idolizing Thomas Edison. One part of the episode shows Homer, wearing glasses, working on an equation on a blackboard. Surprisingly, the figures Homer is working with are kind of close to the same ones that would be worked out 14 years later by scientists working on the Higgs boson. Crazy. Some people report this is because one of the producers of the show is a mathematician.
The Ebola Outbreak
We know that these days, it’s a little frisky to talk about virus outbreaks. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it, right? “Lisa’s Sax” was a Simpsons episode aired in 1997. After Lisa’s saxophone gets thrown out of the window and run over by a car, we’re transported back to the past and we get to see the story of how Homer bought Lisa her first one. In short, Home sacrifices his saved up air conditioner money.
When we’re seeing what events unfolded in the past, at one point Bart is sick, so Marge tries to coax him out of bed with a book called Curious George and the Ebola Virus. This led some to speculate that the show predicted the 2014 ebola outbreak. It is certainly strange and cryptic, but others say that already there was no prediction because already by 1994, Richard Preston published a book about ebola called The Hot Zone.
Predicting the Nobel Prize Winner
In 2010, The Simpsons episode “Elementary School Musical” was aired. It opens with Homer, Lisa, and her friends watching the announcement of the year’s Nobel Prize. To everyone’s surprise, Krusty the Clown is named as the winner of the Peace Prize. When Homer, Krusty, and Bart attend the award ceremony in Oslo, it turns out that Krusty isn’t receiving the award. Instead, he is being dragged to the Hague to answer for years of bad behavior.
As it happens, Millhouse, Bart’s geeky friend, successfully predicted who would be the winner of the prize in economics. During the episode, they have a betting pool going, and if you look closely at the card, you’ll see that Millhouse’s prediction came true. Six years after the episode was aired, the person whom Millhouse guessed, Bengt Holmström, actually did win the prize! MIT even wrote a tweet commenting on the accuracy of the guess.
The Three-Eyed Fish
This 1990 episode certainly has a colorful name: “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish.” The story starts when Bart and Lisa go fishing downstream of Springfield’s nuclear power plant, and Bart catches a fish with three eyes. It’s postulated that it’s nuclear pollution that caused the fish to have an extra eye, and Mr. Burns, being the owner of the plant, is responsible.
Instead of paying the millions of dollars it would cost to rectify the situation, he decides to run for governor so that he can pass legislation to dismantle any framework that would hold him responsible. Disturbingly, 21 years later, a real three-eyed fish was discovered in Argentina. More disturbing still is that scientists say that the fish did indeed get its deformity due to water contaminated by a nuclear power station in the region.
Official “Let’s Get Rid of These Snakes Day”
“Whacking Day”, an episode that aired in 1993, features a whacky plot in which Bart’s bullies get locked in a basement, he gets expelled from school, and the town prepares for a weird event. Each year, the people of Springfield set out on a sort of “snake hunt.” But after new information is revealed concerning the event’s origins, it is consequently canceled.
Apparently, and this came as quite a surprise to us, every year, Florida runs what’s called the “Python Bowl.” Don’t worry, people don’t harm the snakes, they just capture and remove them from the area because they are an invasive species that risks destabilizing the region’s eco-system. Well, The Simpsons thought of the idea first. So again we ask, inspiration, coincidence, or fortune-telling?
The Doughnut-Shaped Universe
In this awesome episode, called “They Saved Lisa’s Brain”, a small group of more intellectually savvy residents of Springfield, including Lisa, become increasingly frustrated with the masses they perceive as dummies. Following the mayor’s escape from the town, the small clique of smarties take the reigns of power and attempt to implement all sorts of intellectually stimulating policies, such as playing classical music at dog races.
The townsfolk rebel and things go awry. The late physicist Stephen Hawking comes to town but is clearly not impressed by Lisa and her government. At one point, Homer explains to Hawking his theory of the universe: it’s shaped like a doughnut. Intriguingly, there is actually a cosmological model that states that the universe is “toroidal shaped” a.k.a, shaped like a doughnut. The theory surfaced in 1984, but only became popularized years later.
The Government Is Spying on Us!
This prediction is from The Simpsons Movie, which came out in 2007. After Green Day drowns in the lake and pollution levels get so bad the town might need to be destroyed, the government takes a science-fiction-like draconian measure and decides to seal off Springfield by encasing it in a glass dome. The plot is resolved when Homer, after escaping and then having an epiphany, comes back to rescue the whole town.
After the Simpsons escape from the dome, we see a scene with a room full of NSA personnel plugging away at their computers and listening to the citizens’ conversations. So, the movie came out in 2007, and in 2013, the huge story of Edward Snowden broke. It came to light that, indeed, the NSA was running a mass surveillance program and spying on everyone. Snowden, a former NSA spy, exposed the scandal. How did The Simpsons know?
Greece Defaults on Debts and Goes Into an Economic Crisis
This prediction comes from a 2012 episode called “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson.” In this installment, Homer gets frustrated at the terrible experience he and his family have when trying to fly to Montana. He escapes from a grounded plane, and Bart catches the incident on camera, uploads it, and it goes viral. Homer is then invited to talk on a panel.
After a rant, he decides to start his own talk show segment, where he expresses conservative and populist views. Eventually, things go back to normal. When Homer attends the panel, at one point, a news headline flashes by saying “Europe puts Greece on eBay”, alluding to major economic problems. Lo and behold, a few years later, Greece’s economy was in the dumps. Is it likely that The Simpsons “inspired” economic trouble? It seems not…
The Fiery Rage of Drogon
Game of Thrones fans listen up! In the 2017 episode titled “The Serfsons”, the Simpsons inhabit an imaginary realm called Springfieldia. After one character is found with “progressive frozen mortification”, the Simpsons try to help by providing her with an “Amulet of Warmfyre”, but they can’t get the money together. Lisa solves the problem by magically converting money into gold.
The episode also features a peasants revolt, evil kings, and more classic medieval fantasy elements. Here, the predictions are a double whammy. First, the cause of the frozen mortification is a bite from an “ice walker”, reminding us sharply of the White Walkers in Game of Thrones. Second, at some point in the episode, the Simpsons spectate as a dragon burns a town. The scene closely parallels the final eps of GoT, where Drogon burns King’s Landing (2019).
Making Use of the First-Generation iPod
The 1996 episode known as “Bart After Dark” tells a story of Marge and Lisa’s journey to go volunteer cleaning baby seals that suffered from an oil spill, only to find out that that’s a job only for celebrities. At the same time, after an incident involving Bart’s bad behavior, Homer forces him to do chores and Belle turns out to be the manager of the burlesque house. In the end, a mob descends on the burlesque house to shut it down.
But as the angry mob gets ready for action, the hostility evaporates as they all break into song and dance and the story is resolved. When the mob gets to the gate of the burlesque house, they see a device that is supposed to be an intercom. Interestingly, it looks identical to the first iPod! Five years later, Apple released the device. Maybe Disney needs to sue Apple for stealing their design! Crazy.
The US Wins Olympic Gold In Curling
One of the coolest Simpsons predictions originates from a 2010 episode called “Boy Meets Girl.” The story is about the Simpsons going to the Olympics after it’s discovered that Marge is amazing at curling. In the semifinals, Marge unfortunately injures her right shoulder and is told she will never curl again. Homer is the less-talented member of their two-person team, so chances of them winning look grim.
At the last minute, Marge remembers that she is ambidextrous due to all her years of changing Maggy, her daughter’s diapers with both hands. She and Homer go on to beat Sweden and win the gold. Eight years later, Team USA won the gold medal in curling. Who did the play? Sweden! Cool? Maybe. Creepy? A little…
The Advent of Guitar Hero
The 2002 episode called “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation” tells a story of Homer and his brush with rock ‘n’ roll. After some preliminary events, Homer attends a one-week rock camp, and when he refuses to leave, the rockstars there (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer) offer to ease Homer’s angst by giving him the chance to “perform” at their show.
But then, Homer realizes what he will be performing is the task of a roadie. He is disappointed, one thing leads to another, trouble ensues, and then all ends well. At the end of the episode, a few of the rockstars give Homer a jacket that says “Guitar Hero.” This is five years before the release of the first Guitar Hero video game. What’s the deal? Mere serendipity, or something more?
Major Toys ‘R’ Us Cutbacks
In 2004, The Simpsons aired an episode titled “Marge vs Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples, and Teens, and Gays.” The plot involves all sorts of interesting elements, including a baby riot and then the town being divided into two camps: those on the side of the youth vs those who oppose young people and all they involve. For example, a statue is erected in honor of dead-beat dads. Buses go by without picking kids up.
In one scene, we see Lisa and Homer walk by a “Toys Were Us” store. The idea is that the Toys ‘R’ Us franchise is in decline. Well, over ten years later, indeed, the franchise made major cutbacks and needed to close over 700 branches across the U.S. So, what happened here? Did The Simpsons have insight into the impending crisis of the Toys ‘R’ Us chain? Did they just happen to make a prediction? Something freaky is going on here.
FIFA Corruption Scandal
The episode called “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee” came out in 2014. It features a plot wherein Lisa’s speech about Homer goes super-viral. And then he ends up getting invited to the World Cup in a referee capacity. When he’s there, he is put under pressure to take a bribe and manipulate penalty results. In the end, he refuses the bribe, and Brazil ends up losing the final to Germany.
Let’s now compare this with real life. The predictions are twofold. One, The Simpsons accurately predicted the corruption scandal. In 2018, evidence of corruption emerged, and legal proceedings were initiated. Second, The Simpsons even predicted the outcome of the Cup! Ok, Brazil and Germany are amazing teams, so there are chances of winning, but the corruption thing is pretty weird.
Predicting Super Bowls
Back in 1992, The Simpsons aired an episode titled “Lisa the Greek.” The episode focuses on the dynamics between Lisa and Homer. Lisa decides she wants to take an interest in Homer’s life and hobbies, so Homer invites her to watch football with him. It turns out Lisa has an impressive capability for making predictions, so Homer enlists her to predict the outcomes of more games.
But then, Lisa becomes convinced that Homer is simply exploiting her, and isn’t so into quality time with his daughter. They have a fight, and then eventually things resolve. As it turns out, Lisa actually predicted the correct outcomes of three different games that would be played after 1992! Not to mention, they also nailed it with the Lady Gaga halftime show. That’s a stunning grand total of four correct Super Bowl predictions.
The Stolen Lemon Tree
Another Simpsons prophecy that was eventually fulfilled originates from the 1995 episode “Lemon of Troy.” The plot is about the bad blood between our beloved Springfield and a rival town called Shelbyville. After Bart turns over a new no-mischief leaf, he becomes a real Springfield patriot. At the height of his patriotic phase, he and some other kids realize the Springfield lemon tree has been stolen by people from Shelbyville.
After the ensuing chaos and showdown between the two towns, Springfield gets its tree back and things return to normal. Lo and behold, years later, in 2011, a story surfaced of a couple who had their lemon tree stolen right off their front porch. Sadly, in contrast with The Simpsons, the couple never did get their tree back (sad face.)
The 1995 episode titled “Lisa’s Wedding” revealed a couple of little treats from the future. Let’s do a mini recap of the plot for context. Lisa goes to a fortune teller, and she predicts that Lisa will fall in love and get married when she’s older. Fast forward to the future, and it all happens. But due to some irreconcilable differences, the marriage doesn’t work.
From what is presumably 1995, we glimpse 15 years into the future. One prediction, also described in this article, was the smartwatch, which was invented years after the episode aired. Another awesome one is video chat, which we see the Simpsons using at one point in the episode. We guess that this one is not too wild, but it’s still really cool. As they say, (who, exactly?) fiction always forecasts reality.
Covering Up Michelangelo’s David
We think this one is downright hilarious as well as interesting and coincidental. The episode tells a great story and satirizes the philosophy of censorship. Yeah, it’s pretty deep. After Homer is assaulted with a mallet by his baby daughter Maggie, Marge concludes that the kids show Itchy and Scratchy needs to stop because it’s too violent. After a campaign whereby she succeeds in banning the show, the youth are furious.
Meanwhile, Michelangelo’s David is on a city-to-city tour. People convince Marge to extrapolate her censorship push in order to censor the statue because of its nudity, but she considers it a classic and then realizes the hypocrisy of her initial campaign. Apparently, believe it or not, a few years later, some campaigns to censor (put pants on?) the statue popped up. None were successful, but it’s funny that this is actually a thing.
The Albuquerque Isotopes and Their Logo
This one could be considered a prediction, but we feel it might be more accurate to catalog it as a plot-line-turned-reality case. The 2001 episode called “Hungry, Hungry Homer” tells a story of Homer, his hunger strike, and a baseball scandal. After developing a knack for haggling, Homer’s adventure leads him to a pile of Isotopes baseball team merch. He uncovers a conspiracy to relocate the team to Albuquerque.
After a hunger strike and some more drama, the plot gets foiled, and things go back to how they were. In real life, after a minor league baseball team was required to relocate to New Mexico, they drew inspirations from The Simpsons and decided not only to name their team “The Isotopes”, but also to change their logo to something closely matching the fictional team in the show.
London Skyscraper, the Shard
This is one of the multiple predictions that originate from the 1992 episode called “Lisa’s Wedding.” After Lisa visits a fortune teller and learns that she will fall in love and get married, we jump fifteen years into the future and the prediction comes true. The relationship, however, doesn’t work out because Lisa and her fiancée can’t bridge their ocean of differences. The makers went all out and took advantage of the 15 year time jump.
Besides predicting smartphones and video calls, the show also predicted the construction of the London skyscraper called the Shard. In one scene, we see the London clocktower standing against grey skies. Looming in the background, we see an odd building that actually closely resembles the Shard. The creepy thing here is that episode aired in 1992, but the building was completed in 2009. Spooky tower, spooky prediction.
Selling Ferrets As Poodles
This is a weird one, and it becomes exponentially weirder when we find out how closely it mirrors reality. In a 2002 episode known as “Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge”, Springfield is plunged into a crime wave after the nuclear powerplant overloads and the town loses power. Homer teams up with some other people, becomes police chief and eventually purges the town of crime. But the mob is onto him.
After a confrontation with the gangsters, Maggie saves Homer by shooting them and causing them to flee. What prompted the gangsters to target Homer is that he foiled their crime plot: dressing up ferrets as poodles and selling them as such. In 2013, a man in Argentina contacted the media when he found out that the poodle he got was actually a ferret! Whoa, bizarre. The story received significant attention and the Simpsons connection was made.
Horse Meat Scandal
If you’re squeamish, we suggest you skip over this one because it’s kind of nasty. The prediction comes from an episode that aired in 1994. After a fiasco involving Groundskeeper Willie and Barts dog, Santa’s Little Helper, Principal Skinner gets fired from his position. The superintendent subsequently hires Ned Flanders to fill the spot. Skinner gets lonely and then reenlists in the military, but soon after, Flanders gets fired.
All ends well when Skinner gets rehired and shares a rare moment of friendship with Bart. At one point in the show, we see a cafeteria cook preparing a diabolical mixture for the kids and we realize it contains horse meat. Nine years later, in 2003, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland concluded an investigation and to their horror discovered that evidence of horse meat in the meat in over one-third of the beef products in stores.
This prediction is another one of those cool technology ones. It comes from a 1992 episode called “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes.” The story kicks off when Homer learns that due to exposure to radiation at his job at the nuclear plant, he is infertile. Fearing a lawsuit, his boss, Mr. Burns, offers him $2000 in exchange for signing a waiver saying no legal action will be taken. Homer accepts, then his brother, Herb, shows up.
He’s broke, so he asks Homer if he can borrow money in order to get back on his feet. He uses the money to innovate a device that is capable of translating baby babbling into English. It works, and the baby translator is an instant hit. Many years later, after the advent of smartphones and apps, some real-life group of geniuses invented an app that can scan baby cries, and classify them in terms of hunger, boredom, fatigue, and stress. Nice!
Cooking Grease Thieves
Prediction or inspiration? Sometimes, we really have to wonder. Either way, this is not normal! In 1998 episode aptly titled “Lard of the Dance”, Homer comes to the conclusion that he can make money after selling grease, so he enlists Bart’s help. After their first sales attempt, they come away with a massive deficit, so they decide that a bigger their bacon-frying isn’t sufficient and that a big source of grease is needed.
Homer then decides that a mountain of grease can be found at Krusty Burger, so he and Bart go there to steal it. Later, they go ahead with a plan to steal grease from the school cafeteria but are stopped by Groundskeeper Willie. This is where things get weird. In New York in 2013, police uncovered a criminal plot that involved men driving around in a truck and sneakily stealing cooking grease from restaurants. Huh? Yeah, for real.
Simulators You Wouldn’t Expect
The 1998 episode called “Bart Carny” tells a tale that commences with (unsurprisingly) Bart getting himself into trouble. After crashing a display limousine into a tree at the carnival that has come to Springfield, Bart and Homer need to repay the damage by becoming carnies. After a fiasco that ends with the Simpsons losing their house, things get resolved, and the family gets their house back.
At one point in the episode, we see a scene that takes place at the carnival where the kids are playing something called “Yardwork Simulator.” It appears to be some kind of virtual reality game. Interestingly, throughout the following decades, more and more simulation games came out. Among the strangest ones were Goat Simulator, Farming Simulator, and Bee Simulator. They are all exactly what they sound like.
Tom Hanks Gets Infected
This one is brand new and it has to do with the coronavirus that is changing our lives more and more as the days go by. The prediction originates from The Simpsons Movie, which came out in 2007. The story of the movie is about an environmental crisis that engulfs Springfield. The government comes in and isolates the town using a huge dome. The Simpsons escape the lockdown/quarantine and eventually manage to come back and save their hometown.
Strangely, at the end of the movie, during the credits, we see a cartoon version of actor Tom Hanks say “This is Tom Hanks, saying, if you see me in person, please, leave me be.” Fans and conspiracy theorists have concluded that this is a prophecy that came true when the real Tom Hanks contracted COVID-19. This is far fetched maybe. But it becomes less so when we note that years before, the show seemingly predicted a coronavirus pandemic.
The Coronavirus Pandemic
“Marge In Chains”, a 1993 episode, starts when some Springfield residents purchase “Juice Looseners”, a product that is shipped from Japan. We get a glance at the Japanese production line, and we see a worker cough into a box while he has the flu. Once the Springfield residents receive their packages and open them, they are infected with the germs and the flu descends on Springfield.
After accidentally shoplifting, Marge gets arrested and imprisoned for 30 days. But her family, and the whole town, actually don’t function well without her. After tensions boil over in Springfield, the resident’s riot and Marge gets releases from prison. Fans have pointed it that it’s not one-to-one, but there is some predictive power in this episode. Maybe it’s true – after all, we have an infectious disease and all the epidemic elements!
Suing an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
This prediction comes from a 1992 episode called “New Kid on the Block.” The main storyline is about Homer getting booted out of an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant and his subsequent decision to sue the place for false advertising. Homer got kicked out of the restaurant because he was just eating too much. Homer sues, and during the trial, a mostly overweight jury sympathizes with him, so he wins the case.
The real-life story, which happened years later, revolves around a man from Massachusetts. Apparently, the guy came into an all-you-can-eat restaurant, sat down, and proceeded to chow down 50 lbs of food! No judging of course. Given the opportunity, maybe we would give it a shot. Anyway, the restaurant kicked him out and he went ahead and sued them!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, think again. Hamburger earmuffs are actually a thing! The 1998 episode called “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace” made a couple of accurate predictions. The story is about Homer falling into a self-loathing depression and then eventually bouncing back after deciding to become an inventor. The first prediction, which we discuss elsewhere in this article, is a fairly precise estimate of the Higgs Boson.
The other prediction, which is a little smaller in terms of scientific significance but also impressive, foresaw the invention of hamburger earmuffs. In one scene, we see the classic Springfield scientist wearing a sweet-looking pair of these bad boys. Years later, whether due to inspiration or coincidence, someone invented the muffs. We want a pair.
Advertising Movies Using a Bloody Billboard
“Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie” is a Simpsons episode that aired in 1992. The plot involves Bart causing major trouble by neglecting his babysitting duties. As a result, Homer forbids him from watching the new Itchy & Scratchy movie. Despite his attempts, Bart just cannot get his hands on tickets and doesn’t succeed and tries to sneak off and watch the film.
At the end of the episode, we flash forward 40 years. Bart is a supreme court justice, and Homer is old. They happily sit down together and watch the movie. At one point in the episode, we see a billboard ad for the movie spraying blood on passing cars. In 2004, on the eve of the release of Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 2, the same unorthodox advertising method was used; get a big billboard, and have it spray blood all over the street. Coincidence?