The Simpsons fans are convinced the show predicted the coronavirus outbreak in 1993 episode
Fans believe that the episode 'Marge in Chains' is eerily similar to the current outbreak in China, despite differences.
Over the years, 'The Simpsons' has seemingly predicated a lot of world events - from the Ebola outbreak to President Trump's election. Now, the show's fans are convinced that they predicted the coronavirus outbreak in a 1993 episode of the series.
The disease that has taken more than three hundred lives in China, has caused panic throughout the world. Fans believe that the episode 'Marge in Chains' is eerily similar to the current outbreak in China, despite differences.
In the episode, a virus called the Osaka Flu spreads through Springfield after residents order fancy juicers from Japan. The worker who packed the juicers had coughed on them, sending the virus to America along with the goods. He had said right before huffing away, "Please don’t tell the supervisor I have the flu." Back at home, Bart hands Homer the box containing the virus depicted as red dots, and as soon as he opens it, he gets sick.
"Someone needs to do a documentary how The Simpsons predict future. It's actually scary?" tweeted a fan, while another said, "So the #Simpsons had an episode that aired in 1993 about the coronavirus and Kobe’s death. No funny shit, but this just gave me the heebee-jeebies" A third one tweeted, "How did the Simpsons know? #coronarvirus #coronavirus."
In an episode in 1997, the show depicted Marge trying to get Bart out of bed with a book called 'Curious George and the Ebola Virus', in an episode that featured drawings of blood, gore and dead people. A fan said, "The Simpsons are from the future. They have predicted everything that has happened to us. Like trump becoming pres, Kobe's death and now the coronavirus. What's next?! The world ending?"
As of writing, the death toll had reached 304 in China while there are close to 15,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
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