The Simpsons predicted that Disney would buy Fox nearly 20 years ago; 9 other times The Simpsons saw the future
The Simpson's have made yet another astonishing prediction and it's really making us wonder just how they know so many things decades before they actually happen.
This is not the first time a prediction made by The Simpsons has shocked the world with its spot-on prophecy. This was another crazy prediction that the hit animated Fox series displayed years ago. The prediction was stated in a Season 10, 1998 episode which was titled "When you dish upon a star".
The specific scene in the episode shows the outside of the Fox studio. There was a sign on the front of the building which said - A Division Of Walt Disney Co. In the scene, the viewer goes inside the studio where there is a Star Wars poster on the wall in an office where Ron Howard is pitching future film ideas.
As it turns out, Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise and Lucasfilm 14 years later in 2012. Looks like this was the future idea that Ron Howard was pitching; he is directing the upcoming Star Wars anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story. It's as if they knew what was about to happen long before anyone had an idea about it.
Disney officially announced that it would be buying a major part of 21st Century Fox in a one-of-a-kind deal which was an astounding $66.1 billion. The previously rumored Disney-Fox merging deal recently became a reality after the official statement was released.
The Simpsons have been known to make the most far-fetched predictions, which end up coming true and every time this happens, the world has been shocked at the accuracy of it. One of the most noted predictions would be the prediction the TV show made in the year 2000 when they stated that Donald Trump would be made President of the United States.
The Simpsons has been on the air since 1989 and over the years, there have been many fantastic and shockingly accurate predictions.
Here are nine of many other predictions which the show made and which turned out to be true some years later:
1. Roy's Tiger Attack -aired in 1993
In the year 1993, one particular episode titled "Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling," showed that gambling was legal in Springfield. This, later, becomes Las Vegas and there are two entertainers who are shown performing stunts and tricks with white tigers. One of the entertainers ends up getting attacked by the Tigers during the act. This episode basically predicts the tragic death of Roy of Siegfried & Roy in the year 2003. He was in critical condition and died. It is so strange how The Simpsons spoke about it a decade before the actual incident.
2. Smartphones- aired in 1995
In an episode which aired in the year 1995, "Lisa's Wedding", we are thrown into the future where Lisa Simpson is about 23-years-old and the story was set in 2010. This episode allowed and enabled the show to make its own predictions and interpretations on what the future could possibly be like. They actually showed digital and smartwatches in the episode which is insane because smartwatches only came out many many years after the episode was aired.
3. Robotic Librarians- aired in 1995
If that was not enough, the same episode "Lisa's Wedding" also predicted that there will be robotic librarians sometime in the future in about 2010. In the episode, the robotic librarian was depicted in a humanoid form and though 2010 did not show that, the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library in Chicago got close enough. The Mansueto Library is actually managed by a robotic system. The books requested are pulled up and given through an automated retrieval system. It may not be in humanoid form, but the Library got close enough and the Simpson's did predict the outcome right.
4. Phones with video calls
Evidently, the episode "Lisa's Wedding" predicted many things and viewers also get to see Lisa chatting with Marge via video call on a rotary videophone. The early and initial videophones actually look very similar to the one depicted in the episode. Looking at how far technology has advanced now, we are able to video call from our phones from any part of the world. Look's like The Simpsons really hit the nail on the head.
5. The Lemon Tree
In an episode titled "Lemon of Troy," the town's Lemon tree is actually stolen by citizens in the town of Shelbyville. The episode aired in the year 1995. However, strangely enough, a similar incident actually did take place many years later. In the year 2011, a married couple's potted lemon tree was stolen from their front porch in the middle of the night just as it had happened in the Simpson's episode.
6. Rigged Voting Machines
In the opening scene of an episode titled, "Treehouse of Horror XIX" we observe that Homer Simpson trying to cast his vote. This is a prediction that anyone could have made. Homer Simpson tries to vote for Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential election but the machine keeps changing the vote to John McCain. When Homer Reports the Issue, the machine sucks him in and kills him.
In the 2012 election, there were actually faulty and rigged machines that changed votes to Mitt Romney instead of Obama in Pennsylvania.
7. Guitar Hero
In an episode titled "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", Homer is seen attending a rock-n-roll camp which is believed to be hosted by none other than The Rolling Stones. At the end of the episode, the band gifts Homer a jacket which says 'Guitar Hero'. It is strange that the episode, which released in 2002, speaks about the popular game which was not released till 2005.
Autocorrect was used by The Simpsons a long time before it was a reality. In an episode titled "Lisa On Ice" Dolph uses an Apple Newton (personal digital assistant) to type out 'Beat up Martin' which autocorrects to 'Eat up Martha'. The joke which appeared in this 1994 episode, is somewhat responsible for the real invention of autocorrect.
According to A.V. Club, employees at Apple would actually say the phrase "Eat Up Martha" to each other as a joke a long time before the tool came out.
9. The FIFA Scandal and Germany's win
In the episode titled,"You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee" Homer was asked to be a referee by the world football federation. However, he ends up getting put in jail and Germany wins the tournament. This episode aired in the year 2014. The following year, two FIFA agents were accused and charged with corruption and were banned from football. 14 FIFA officials were charged with corruption. Oh, and Germany won the World Cup. Looks like we should have watched The Simpsons because they knew this would happen.
All these predictions that somehow The Simpsons got right are strange and cannot be explained or understood in a logic way. It is almost as if they have ESPN (Extra Sensory Perception) and were able to take a sneak peek into what lies ahead. Well, who know's how many more things are yet to come true!
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