Sunday, April 23, 2017

14 Times The Simpsons Predicted The Future

The SimpsonsThe Simpsonsis the definition of "pop culture television", and with those kind of minds at work it is completely reasonable that they would be able to "predict" the future. The weird thing is how accurate it is. Perhaps it's not The Simpsons predicting the future, but the future ripping off The Simpsons. This would be where you coin the phrase "The Simpsons Did It". I hope you enjoy these predictions, feel free to share some of your own because I imagine if you watch closely, there are WAY more.

1. The Simpsons predicts grease thieves

In the episode "Lard of the Dance", which aired August 23rd 1998, Homer and Bart enter the grease selling business and look to steal it from Springfield Elementary School. Real life parodied this episode where in 2011, the St.Louis Dispatch would report $2000 worth of used grease being stolen from Bobby Tesslers St.Louis Wings Co. in Rock Hill, Missouri.

2. The Simpsons predicts a horrible tragedy

The episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", from September 21st 1997, which is where Homer must go to The World Trade Center after not paying his parking tickets. The prediction as depicted below is interesting because the price of the magazine coincides with the buildings placement. 

3. The Simpsons predict line in worst Batman movie

Not necessarily predicting an event, but in the episode "Last Exit to Springfield", the episode opens with the McBain movie clip where he says "Ice to meet you". A line that is used by Arnold Schwarzennegers Mr. Freeze character in Batman & Robin. McBain is The Simpsons parody version.

4. The Simpsons helps a huge technological advancement

In the 1994 episode "Lisa On Ice", Kerney asks Dolph to make a note on his Apple digital assistant. The kicker here was that Apple had not fully adopted the touch screen aspect to their devices. At the time especially, a physical keyboard was the only practical option for mobile devices. Scott Forstall, an Apple engineer at the time was looking for a way to break away from the keyboard and had turned to The Simpsons as inspiration.

5. The Simpsons predict electronic voting scandal

In the 2008 episode "Treehouse of Horror XIX", the opening scene shows Homer having problems with the electronic voting machine. This unfortunately depicts what happened in 2012 where the system would freeze out other candidates.

6. The Simpsons predicts the mauling of Siegfried and Roy

In the 1993 classic episode "$pringfield", The Simpsons depict the 2003 tiger mauling of Siegfried and Roy with their parody characters, Gunter and Ernst.

7. Someone stole the lemon tree

In the 1995 episode "Lemons of Troy", an episode where kids from Shelbyville stole the prized lemon tree from Springfield depicts the 2013 incident in Houston where someone stole a lemon tree. 

8. The Simpsons predicts the Farmville craze

From the 1998 episode "Bart Carny", one of the displays depicts a game called Yard Work Simulator. Eerily similar to the Facebook game "Farmville" that has plagued our existence.

9. The Simpsons may just have designed the iPod

From the 1996 episode "Bart After Dark", the intercom at the gate looks eerily similar to the 2001 Apple iPod. Perhaps not as innovative as Apple thinks.

10. Mutated vegetables

From the 1999 episode "E-I-E-I (Annoyed Grunt)", the classic tomacco episode where radiation on the farm caused the tomatoes to glow. This actually happened in 2011, where Japan announced that they had vegetables that were being mutated by radiation. 

11. Start me up

From the 1995 episode "Lisa's Wedding", they expertly predict that The Rolling Stones will still be touring far into the future. The one hangup is that in 2010, the Stones are not confined to wheelchairs.

12. 3D everything

In the 2005 episode "Future-Drama", Marge takes a picture, does something and it instantly turns into a cake. 3D printing is very real today.

13. Finally gets a response

From the early episode from 1991s "Brush with Greatness", The Simpsonsjoke at the amount of fan letters Ringo Starr gets. This is actually true, as this fan would know waiting 50 years to get her response.

14. The Simpsons predicts Ebola

From the episode "Lisa's Sax", The Simpsons seemingly predicted the Ebola Virus, which broke out in 2014.

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