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Did 'The Simpsons' predict Richard Branson's space flight? Sitcom showed him inside spaceship

Richard Branson took a spaceship to travel to the edge of space on July 11, 2021, while 'The Simpsons' episode aired seven years ago in 2014
Richard Branson's space travel has been compared to a scene from 'The Simpsons' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Twitter)
Richard Branson's space travel has been compared to a scene from 'The Simpsons' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Twitter)

‘The Simpsons’ has once again sent the internet into a frenzy after it was revealed that the sitcom seemingly 'predicted' Richard Branson's trip to space. The English business magnate reportedly took a spaceship to travel to the edge of space on Sunday, July 11. He took the trip in his Virgin Galactic rocket plane and reportedly became the first person to cross the final frontier in a ship built by his own company.

Though the 70-year-old commercial astronaut made the announcement about his plan to travel to space earlier in July, it has been said ‘The Simpsons’ knew about it years ago. The episode in question reportedly aired in 2014, seven years before the actual thing happened. A scene from that episode in Season 25 showed an uncanny animated version of the Virgin Group founder hovering in zero gravity on board a space flight.


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People were quick to point out how the storyline in the episode became real after so many years. A user wrote, “How can The Simpsons show predict every Damn thing?” The second user tweeted, “More than the predictions, it's damn hilarious with so such sarcastic dialogues And yes it is not only about the future, the way they roast the past is also satirical It's basically parody of every famous thing that has ever happened @TheSimpsons #TheSimpsons.”

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic, poses for photographs before ringing a ceremonial bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Virgin Galactic Holdings became the first space-tourism company to go public as it began trading on Monday with a market value of about $1 billion. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)




A person explained the reason behind the prediction, “They didn’t. A simple google search on VG history shows this. The Simpson’s episode aired 3/23/2014 (IMDB). VG was starting to run test flights in 2014. So assumed press in 2013 at the time was all over this and that’s where they got inspiration for the episode. 1/2. However, in October 2014 a test flight tragically crashed. This put the program under Investigation and on hiatus for several years. I believe the next test flight wasn’t until 2018, and the successful trip last week was thrown together to beat Bezos to space.”

Another person noted: “Branson expressed that he'd like to go into space before the episode was shown. The writers for the show took that information and made a "what if" episode in this case. Because he already expressed this want, it was 50/50 on if it would eventually happen.”



Sir Richard Branson attends SiriusXM's John Fugelsang Special Broadcast Of 'Learning With Richard Branson' on September 25, 2019 in New York City (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

A tweet read, “I don't think Simpsons is predicting. They are brainwashing people to do stuff.” Another tweet stated: “Branson founded his space tourist company before the episode aired and it makes sense for him to have gone up eventually being the founder of the company. Musk would of already been in space if Space X was into space tourism.” Another user wrote sarcastically, “They just did what every good satire does: they predicted the worst dumbest outcomes possible. The problem is we did our very best to achieve them.” A person tweeted, “I think their writers showed every kind of (wild) imagination, which we are now turning to reality.” While another one called the show “Nostradamus,” by writing, “Simpsons maker are the real Nostradamus.” “They are illuminati they know exactly what's going to happen and when they are writing history as we speak,” a tweet added.