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The Renaissance had Nostradamus – We have the Simpsons

Time and time again, the Simpsons have proven to be modern day soothsayers. Seeing so many of the predictions in Simpsons Halloween specials eerily come true, may fans have wondered: Can the Simpsons Predict the Future? Here’s list of the top 5 predictions that they got right, and another 5 predictions that can still come true! Whether you watch the Simpsons for pure entertainment, inspirational quotes or your daily Horoscope, they never fail to deliver. Check out these predictions and be the judge!

Simpsons Predictions that Came True

1. Corona Virus

Simpsons Predict Corona Virus

In 1993, an episode in the 4th Season of the Simpsons titled “Marge in Chains”, featured a sick Asian worker sneezing on juicers bound for Springfield. This contaminated shipment sets off the “Osaka Flu” outbreak in Spring Field. Of course, 27 years later, we’re now living in viral outbreak scenario.

2. President Trump and the Economy

Simpsons Predict Trump Presidency

In the year 2000, an episode titled “Bart to the Future” featured Lisa becoming president after the previous president, Donald Trump, purportedly ruined the economy. As we all know, 17 years later, Trump did become president. And in 2020, the economy seems like it’s on the trajectory of economic ruin.

3. Faulty Voting Machines

Simpsons Predicted Faulty Voting MachinesIn 2008, an episode of the Simpsons titled “Treehouse of Horror XIX” featured a faulty voting machine where Homer’s vote for Obama went instead to McCain. This scenario played out 4 years later when faulty voting machines counted votes cast for Barack Obama as votes for Mitt Romney instead.

4. Farmville
Simpsons Predicted Farmville

In a 1998 episode titled “Bart Carny”, excited kids were eagerly playing on a yard work simulator. 11 years later, in 2009, people rushed home from school and work to tend to their virtual farms on Farmville.

5. Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack

Simpsons Predicted Tiger Attack On Siegfried And Roy

In a 1993 episode titled “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),” showed Siegfried and Roy being attacked by their trusted tiger. 10 years later, in Las Vegas, magicians in a Siegfried and Roy like show were attacked on stage by their white tiger.

In an unfortunate but related event, in May 2020, Roy Horn of the Siegfried and Roy show has died of the Coronavirus as referenced by the first Simpson’s prediction.

Simpson’s Predictions that COULD come true

Wait for it… There are a few more predictions of the future that the Simpson’s have made which are yet to come true. Here are the best ones in no particular order.

1. Virtual Reality Food

Simpsons Predictions Virtual Food

In October 2019, an episode titled “Treehouse of Horrors XXX” features Homer and Marge eating virtual fudge through VR Glasses and a Feeding Tube. Perhaps this reality is not so virtual as cruise companies such as “Royal Caribbean” try to find novel ways to survive after the Corona Pandemic,  plans to use VR to transport diners to a new setting with every bite.

2. Mind Control through Music

Simpsons Predicts Mind Control Music

In a 2001 episode titled “New Kids on the Blecch”, Bart and his friends form a boy band and unknowingly spread subliminal messages to their fans. As it turns out, there’s suspicion that Hip Hop lyrics can brainwash listeners, so this prediction may come true or may already be happening and is just awaiting confirmation.

3. Hover Cars

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Simpsons Predicts Hover Cars

In a 2016 a season 27 episode titled “Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4” features Homer and Bart driving around in a hover car. With drones all but common place these days, perhaps it’s just a matter of time before we get one in reality. Renault has revealed an interesting concept car called the “Float” which would bring us within striking distance of turning this prediction into reality.

4. Hologram Mail
Simpsons Predicts Hologram Mail

Back in 2000, in a season 11 Episode “Bart to the Future”, a scene featured a deadbeat Bart receiving a hologram mail. In 2020, we have the ubiquitous smartphone, and a 3 sided Hologram display. So, it’s just a matter of time before every smartphone comes with a holographic display to turn this prediction into reality.

5. Ivanka for President
Simpsons Predicts Ivanka Running For President

In a 2016 episode titled “Treehouse of Horrors XXVII”, Homer wore an IVANKA 2028 shirt thus predicting a potential 2028 run for the current first daughter. With Trump having Ivanka attend G20 meetings, don’t think that this idea hasn’t crossed the President’s mind. Watch this space to see if Ivanka Trump makes a run for the presidency in 8 years time.


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