Here’s a list of things The Simpsons has accurately predicted over the years…
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- Donald Trump becoming President
- The 2013 Irish horse meat scandal
- The invention of Autocorrect
- The Shard building in London
- The discovery of the Higgs Boson equation
- The Ebola outbreak
- Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox
- The US beating Sweden at Curling at the 2018 Winter Olympic games
There’s a whole bunch more as well, but we can now add another one to the list after fans recalled the plot from 1993 episode ‘Marge In Chains’.
In the episode, everyone in Springfield gets on a juicing hype and starts ordering these fancy blenders from Japan. One of the factory workers gets sick and coughs all over the blenders before shipping them to the US. Check it out:
Well OK, the Simpsons flu came from Japan, not China, and they call it the Osaka flu, not the coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped people losing their shit over the similarities:
— Nick C (@SquanchyBTC) January 26, 2020
The Simpsons, 1993, this goddamn series predicted coronavirus.
My mind is blown. pic.twitter.com/lNpSc71Ndt
— Muhammad Ali 🇱🇧 (@PortableYogurt) January 26, 2020
THE SIMPSONS DON’T MISS pic.twitter.com/qDzyO8N4oz
— Corona Virus ➐ (@TheCoronaUpdate) January 30, 2020
Well I guess it’s similar and relatable enough unless you want to get pedantic about it, but it just goes to show how many killer viruses are born out of that side of the world – Asian flu, Hong Kong Flu, SARS, JEV, and now the Coronavirus. But hey, we’re all still here!
What I’ll never wrap my head around is how The Simpsons managed to predict Donald Trump’s presidency 16 YEARS before it happened. Matt Groening also recently predicted a second Simpsons movie, so let’s hope that’s not too far off.