As the longest running American television show ever, The Simpsons is a cultural phenomenon. Over the years, it has defined a generation and made families around the country laugh uncontrollably.With smart writing and social commentary, it’s no wonder it’s been able to stay on the air for so long. However, in its long run time, The Simpsons has also been eerily accurate in predicting the future. From technology to trends, the show’s predictions are so accurate you might wonder if they have a crystal ball in the writer’s room. How accurate are their predictions, you ask? You’ll have to see for yourself. Here are 25 Crazy Times The Simpsons Predicted The Future.
Faulty Voter Machines
In Season 20, Episode 4, Homer went to vote in the Presidential election, and when he used an electronic voting machine, he tried to vote for Barack Obama, but it kept changing his vote to John McCain. Turns out, four years later, Pennsylvania voting machines had to be removed after they were changing votes for Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.
Yard Work Simulator
In the 1988 episode “Bart Carney,” children are delighted to play a “Yard Work Simulator” even when they won’t do the real stuff at home. Decades later, it became a reality when millions of kids obsessed over the “Farmville” game.
When Lisa gets married in the future, her husband uses a smart watch he can use as a telephone in 1995. Of course, fast forward to today and they exist.
In a 1992 episode, Homer’s half-brother tries to invent a baby translator. Believe it or not, a cry translator hit the markets in 2009 with its very own app.
Professor Fink created the Hamburger Earmuffs in 1998. You might think no one in their right mind would ever really invent Hamburger Earmuffs but it happened.
Siegfried and Roy's Tiger Attack
In the 1993 episode “$pringfield,” Gunter and Ernst, who are parodies of Siegfried and Roy, get brutally mauled by their white tiger. Ten years later, Siegfried and Roy’s white tiger, Montecore, dragged Roy off stage by the neck, severely injuring him.
In the episode “Lisa’s Wedding,” Lisa’s college librarian is an android. In 2011, at a new futuristic library at the University of Chicago, robots retrieve books for patrons.
NSA Spying Scandal
In the Simpsons movie, the Simpsons escape quarantine, but Marge warns that anyone could be listening. The shot cuts to an image of a building with the words bearing the National Security Agency. Fast forward, and we’ve discovered they do, indeed, spy on pretty much everyone.
Horse Meat Scandal
In a 1994 episode, Springfield lunch lady Doris decided to dive into a barrel of horse meat to feed the children. In 2013, traces of horse DNA was found in Bird’s Eye and Taco Bell meat.
In the episode “Lisa’s Wedding,” Lisa tells Marge over a video call that she got engaged, predicting the coming of video calls through FaceTime and Skype.
Greece’s Debt Default
In the episode, “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson,” Homer appears on a Fox News parody show and on the ticker is reads, “Europe puts Greece on eBay.” A few years later, this prediction became all too true, except for the whole eBay thing.
Lady Gaga's Halftime Show
In the 2012 episode “Lady Goes Gaga,” the Simpsons predicted Lady Gaga would do the Super Bowl Half-Time show, floating in on high-wires and wearing knee high boots. They got it mostly right except they had her wearing a bra shooting out fireworks.
Lemon Tree Stolen
In the 1995 episode “Lemon of Troy,” Shelbyville steals a lemon tree and the Springfield children wage war against them. Would anyone really steal a lemon tree in real life? Yes. In 2013, a lemon tree was stolen in Houston, Texas.
The Simpsons predicted the frustration of autocorrect fails with an Apple Newton reference. They wrote, “Beat Up Martin” on it, but it translated it “Eat Up Martha.”
In the episode “Lisa’s Sax,” Marge tries to read a book to Bart called “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” In 2014, an Ebola outbreak occurred in West Africa. Coincidence? Maybe. But with The Simpsons accuracy, it’s possible.
Stealing Grease for Cash
In the episode “Lard of the Dance,” Homer and Bart try to steal grease from Springfield Elementary and sell it. In 2011, $2,000 worth of grease was stolen from Bobby Tesslers St.Louis Wings Co. in Rock Hill, Missouri.
When Homer adopts a farm in the 1999 episode “E-I-E-I(Annoyed Grunt),” Homer creates mutant tomatoes, mixing them with tobacco. In 2013, mutant tomatoes pop up near a nuclear power plant in Japan.
The God Particle
In the episode “Wizards of Evergreen Terrace,” airing in 1998, Homer decides to become an inventor and writes out an equation on the blackboard. Dr. Simon Singh, a physicist, stated the equation Homer writes out predicts the mass of the Higgs Boson, also known as the God Particle.
Ringo Star responds to his fans.
In the episode “Brush with Greatness,” the Simpsons have a scene with Ringo Starr committing to write back all his fans even if it takes him twenty years. In real life, two women in England received replies to their fan mail from Paul McCartney fifty years later.
FIFA Corruption Scandal
In the episode “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee,” Homer is chosen to help officiate the World Cup to offset the corruption throughout the organization. It aired in 2014, three months before the real World Cup and the massive scandal that ensued.
The once popular but now extinct video game Guitar Hero was released in 2005, but back in 2002, Mick Jagger presents Homer with a jacket that says “Guitar Hero” on the back of it.
The Nobel Prize
In the episode “Elementary School Musical,” Milhouse picks MIT economic professor Bengt R. Holmström as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Later, Holmström did, in fact, win.
In Season 6, Episode 5, Homer goes flying on a wrecking ball. Years later, in 2013, Miley Cyrus did the same thing. The Simpsons warned us. We should have seen it coming.
Three Eyed Fish
Blinky the Three Eyed Fish in the Simpsons is practically infamous at this point from being exposed to high levels of nuclear waste from the Springfield power plant. Meanwhile, years later in Argentina, a fisherman caught a three eyed fish fed by a reservoir near a local power plant.
Donald Trump's Presidency
Sixteen years before Donald Trump became President of the United States, the Simpsons aired the episode “Bart to the Future” where Lisa Simpson is the first female President and must fix a budget crunch from former President Trump. Of course, at the time it was hilarious, but now, not so much.
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