The great majority will know that “The Simpsons” have a variety of predictions that some can be frightening to the world or even can become positive. Here are some of them.
1 Siegfried and Roy's Tiger Attack
Season 5, Episode 10: $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)
After Springfield decides to legalize gambling, Mr. Burns opens a casino where German magicians Gunter and Ernst perform a routine, seeming to spoof the long-running Las Vegas Siegfried and Roy show. Tragically, a bit in which the animated duo is attacked by their tiger came to fruition 10 years later when Roy Horn was mauled on stage by a white Bengal tiger, leaving him partially paralyzed and ending the long-running production.
2 Autocorrect Fails
Season 6, Episode 8: Lisa on Ice
During a Springfield Elementary School assembly, Kearney asks fellow bully Dolph to take a memo to “Beat up Martin” on his “Newton” — Apple’s early attempt at a personal digital assistant. However, the machine translates the message into “Eat up Martha” instead, foreshadowing the common messaging errors people blame on iPhone’s autocorrect technology.
In fact, Nitin Ganatra, Apple’s former director of engineering for iOS applications, revealed in 2013 that the Simpsons‘ gag served as a rallying cry while developing the software for the iPhone’s keyboard. “If you heard people talking and they used the words ‘Eat up Martha,’ it was basically a reference to the fact that we needed to nail the keyboard. We needed to make sure the text input works on this thing, otherwise, ‘Here comes the Eat up Marthas,'” he told Fast Company.
Season 6, Episode 19: Lisa’s Wedding
In this futuristic installment, Lisa talks with Marge using her phone’s video chat capabilities, predating the popular FaceTime feature of today’s iPhones by 15 years.
4 Faulty Voter Machines
Season 20, Episode 4: Treehouse of Horror XIX
In a bit inspired by the 2008 presidential election, Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama only to have a voting machine record his selection as John McCain several times. Coincidentally, when it came time for Obama to run for a second term in 2012, video footage emerged of a Pennsylvania machine switching a vote from Obama to one for his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney. The machine was reportedly taken out of commission.
5 The God Particle
Season 10, Episode 2: The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace
The existence of the Higgs boson or “God particle” — a breakthrough that helps explain how everything in the universe has mass — wasn’t confirmed by physicists until 2012. But according to Dr. Simon Singh, the author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, after Homer decided to become an inventor in “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” he was pictured standing in front of a blackboard with an equation that predicted the mass of the yet-to-be-discovered particle.
“If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” he told the Independent. “It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.”
6 NSA Spying Scandal
The Simpsons Movie
When the Simpson family is forced to go into hiding following their escape from the EPA biodome enclosing Springfield, the NSA locates Marge and the kids by listening in on one of their conversations. However, it wasn’t until six years after The Simpsons Movie hit theaters that Edward Snowden first blew the whistle on the government mass surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet records.
Season 6, Episode 19: Lisa’s Wedding
When Lisa visits a fortune-teller at a renaissance fair, viewers are transported 15 years into the future to 2010 — a time when wristwatch communication technology exists. However, even the Simpsons’ future society was a little ahead of its time, as modern voice recognition-enabled smartwatches weren’t rolled out until 2014.
8 America's Ebola Outbreak
Season 9, Episode 3: Lisa’s Sax
This installment saw Marge offer to read a depressed Bart a book titled Curious George and the Ebola Virus. This moment was widely circulated during the 2014 American Ebola outbreak when YouTube user Thecontroversy7 created a video laying out a theory revolving around The Simpsons‘ predictive tendencies.
9 FIFA's Corruption Scandal
Season 25, Episode 16: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee
Although the world football federation representative who asks Homer for help repairing the organization’s image isn’t explicitly named as a member of FIFA, his arrest turned out to be uncannily similar to those of the real-life FIFA officials who were arrested on corruption charges about a year later. Not to mention that the episode also correctly predicted Germany’s defeat of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.
10 Greece’s Debt Default
Season 23, Episode 10: Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson
When Homer appears as a guest commentator on cable news show Head Butt, a ticker runs across the bottom of the screen that reads, “Europe puts Greece on eBay.”
Of course, this was three years before Greece became the first developed country to default to the International Monetary Fund, plunging the country deeper into economic crisis.
11 The Nobel Prize
Season 22, Episode 1: Elementary School Musical
Bengt Holmström may not have won the Nobel Prize in Economics until 2016, but one Simpsons character was betting on him six years prior. In a scene from the season 22 premiere in which Martin holds up a scorecard depicting his Nobel Prize betting pool with Lisa, Milhouse, and Database, the MIT professor is clearly marked in one of Milhouse’s squares.
12 Donald Trump's Presidency
Season 11, Episode 17: Bart to the Future
When Bart flashes forward into adulthood, viewers learn that Lisa not only becomes president but inherits “quite a budget crunch” from her predecessor, Donald Trump. “The country is broke?” she asks her aides in one scene. “How can that be?”
At the time, the real Trump presidency was still 16 years away. However, in a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Dan Greaney explained the joke was meant as a warning to the country. “That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom,” he said. “It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.
13 Lady Gaga's Halftime Show
Season 23, Episode 22: Lisa Goes Gaga
Nearly five years before Lady Gaga descended from the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium for the halftime show of Super Bowl LI, her Simpsons doppelgänger performed a song for the residents of Springfield while suspended in the air. The two Mother Monsters even wore similar silver ensembles for their shows.
14 Disney's Fox Takeover
Season 10, Episode 5: When You Dish Upon A Star
After a trip to Springfield, director Ron Howard pitches a screenplay that Homer wrote to producer Brian Glazer of 20th Century Fox. At the beginning of the scene, a sign can be seen at the Fox studio lot that reveals the company is now “A Division of Walt Disney Co.”
Cut to nearly 20 years later and this sale is officially underway, with the news breaking that Disney has reached a deal to acquire $66.1 billion-worth of Fox on Dec. 14, 2017.
15 Team USA's Olympic Curling Win
Season 21, Episode 12: Boy Meets Curl
Team USA’s men’s curling team defeated Sweden in a shocking upset at the 2018 Olympics that brought yet another Simpsons storyline to real-life fruition. Mirroring events from a 2010 episode in which Marge and Homer made it onto the U.S. mixed doubles curling team, the Americans came from behind in their Feb. 25 matchup with Sweden to capture gold at the Winter Games in PyeongChang.
16 Lemon tree
Season 6, Episode 24
An entire cartoon lemon tree was stolen in 1995. In 2013, it really happened in Houston, Texas, leaving residents baffled.
17 Theft of Used Cooking Grease for Quick Cash.
Season 10, Episode 1, “Lard of the Dance”
We see Homer have the “ingenious” idea to steal used cooking grease from Krusty Burger in order to make a quick buck. In 2013 there was a rise in used cooking-grease theft from city restaurants which was then sold on the black market.
18 First-generation iPod.
Season 8, Episode 5, “Bart After Dark”
We see the residents of Springfield try to gain access to a secret burlesque club, but doesn’t the intercom on the gates look familiar? In 2001 Apple announced the released of it’s the first-generation iPod and the similarities in design are uncanny!
19 Guitar Hero
Season 14, Episode 2, “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”
We see Mick and Keith from The Rolling Stones present Homer with a jacket that has Guitar Hero written on the back of it. 3 years later the actual game Guitar Hero was released and featured a particular band known as you guessed it! The Rolling Stones!
20 Rolling Stones Tour
During Season 6, Episode 19, “Lisa’s Wedding”
We see Lisa hanging out in her dorm room with her fiance and behind them is Rolling Stones tour poster set for 2010. The Rolling Stones did, in fact, return to the scene with their “50 & Counting” tour in 2012. But close enough, right?
21 Baby Translator
Season 3, Episode 24, “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?”
We’re itroduced to Homer’s long-lost brother Herb Powell who introduces the Simpson Family to his latest invention; “The Baby Translator”. In 2013 the “Cry Translator” came onto the scene, which boasted the ability to be able to analyze your babies cries and provide a ‘diagnosis’ for why your baby is upset.
22 Robotic Librarian
Season 6, Episode 19, “Lisa’s Wedding”
We see a Librarian at Lisa’s future college short-circuit… because she is, in fact, a robot. In 2011 The University of Chicago announced that their new Mansueto Library has a collection of 3.5 million volumes which are managed by robotic cranes.
23 Yard work stimulator
Season 9, Episode 12, “Bart Carny”
We see the Springfield Kids enjoying “Yard Work” simulator. Am I sure we can all still remember 2009’s hit simulation game Farmville right? I’m still getting requests for it today!
24 Ringo Starr
Season 2, Episode 18, “Brush With Greatness”
We watch as Ringo Starr meticulously replies back to a ridiculous amount of fan mail, quoting “They took the time to write me, and I don’t care if it takes me another 20 years. I’m going to answer every one of them.”. In 2013 it surfaced that two mega Beatles fans received a letter from Paul McCartney a mere 50 years after sending the band a piece of fan mail.
25 Horse Meat
Season 5, Episode 19, “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song”
We see Lunchlady Doris dip into a large barrel clearly marked “Assorted Horse Parts” and then add this to the food she’s cooking up for the kids of Springfield Elementary. In 2013 a huge scandal broke out in Britain after four beef products sold by top retailers tested positive for horse DNA.
26 "The All-mighty Dollar"
Season 7, Episode 12, “Team Homer”
We see Bart and Milhouse reading a copy of MAD magazine with a fold outspread in the middle entitled “What Higher Power Do The Evangelists Worship?”. When they fold the page in you can clearly see a dollar sign forming on the page. Back in 2013, Pope Francis attacked the global economy for favoring the “God of Money” above all else.
27 The Date Of Stephen Hawking's Passing
Unless you live under a rock then you've heard that the legendary cosmologist and physicist, Stephen Hawking, passed away recently on the 14th of March.
Well, oddly enough, it turns out The Simpsons knew when Hawking was gonna die. This prediction was uncovered the weekend after Hawking's death, when a 1999 episode, entitled "They Saved Lisa's Brain" was aired as a tribute to Hawking's death (the famous physicist starred in that episode).
In one scene we can see Hawking performing a rap called "A Brief History of Rhyme," which is a play on his famous book "A Brief History of Time." In that scene, Hawking is wearing a golden chain, which features E = mc2, Einstein's famous formula. Here's the fun part — Einstein was born on March 14th, which is also the date when Stephen Hawking passed.
28 Syrian War
The Simpsons have been known to drop subtle hints on their TV show, but these hints can usually be debated by coincidence. However, when it comes to The Simpsons predicting the Syrian war back in 2001, it becomes a little impossible to sweep this premonition under the rug.
In 2001, an episode called "New Kids On the Blecch," clearly showed a group of Arab men with guns standing near a truck displaying the Syrian flag. Now, this causes issues because back in 2001, the Syrian opposition had yet to be invented or even make headlines - resulting in many people believing that the horrors and genocide happening in Syria, were in fact premeditated. An Egyptian television station has made claims that the makers of The Simpsons had previous knowledge on the government's desire to overthrow the Arab government and that it aided in a global conspiracy.
29 The 9/11 Conspiracy
In an episode of The Simpsons called "The City Of New York vs. Homer Simpson," there was an unsettling coincidence to the horrific events that occurred on what we have come to call 9/11. In this 1997 episode, Lisa is seen holding up a paper that clearly shows New York City's skyline, with the number 9 in front of the WTC towers. Although this act has been ruled off by many people as a terrorist attack, many have fought with their suspicions on whether or not the American government was involved.
There are many conspiracy theories that surround the dreadful day that is September 11, 2001. On that date over 2,996 Americans were killed and the 6,000 left injured were scarred for life due to a terrorist attack. New York City was left in shambles with at least $10 billion in property damage when four passenger airliners were hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists.