During its more than a quarter of a century on the air, The Simpsons has made some predictions of the future that were just downright spooky. Three-eyed fish? The Higgs Boson? Autocorrect? Yup, The Simpsons did it first. Here are 23 times The Simpsons strangely predicted the future.
Leave it to The Simpsons to predict the most ludicrous game to ever exist ... Farmville. "Yard Work Simulator" was much like the often-mocked Farmville, but possibly even lamer. I guess virtual farming is slightly more exciting than virtual gardening? Nah, nothing is less satisfying than harvesting fake crops.
Three-eyed fish. In a 1990 episode, Bart catches a mutated, three-eyed fish in the local river a nod to the pollutant effects of the towns nuclear power plant. Over 20 years later, in 2011, a real-life fish and practically a dead-ringer for its cartoon counterpart was discovered in an Argentinian reservoir located near a nuclear facility.
The Rolling Stones still on tour in the future.' In the 1995 episode Lisas Wedding, set in the future, Lisa's fiance has a poster in her room claiming that The Rolling Stones will still be on tour in 2010 on The Steel Wheelchair Tour. The Rolling Stones were in fact touring in 2012, on the 50 & Counting… Tour.
Some people maintain that "The Simpsons" predicted the 2014 outbreak of Ebola 17 years before it happened. In a scene from the episode "Lisa's Sax," Marge suggests a sick Bart read a book titled "Curious George and the Ebola Virus." The virus wasn't particularly widespread in the 1990s, but years later it was the top of the news agenda.
Baby translator. In the 1992 episode "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?", Homer's brother invents this machine to help tired moms translate their babies' cries. In 2009, someone created a Cry Translator app that claimed to do the same thing.
Grease money. One 1998 episode centred around Homer and Barts racket reselling cooking oil a crime that seems daft on the surface, but was reported as becoming a real life crime caper some 10 years later.
In 1996, a high-tech intercom looked exactly like what would become the first-generation iPod.
Tigers fighting back. In 1993, they lampooned magicians Siegfried and Roy in a set-piece that saw them mauled by their co-star tiger, only for it to happen for real in 2003. This is definitely the most tragic of the Simpsons gags-turned-prophecies.
In a 1995 episode Lemon of Troy - the children of Springfield wage war against their Shelbyville rivals. Why? Well, because the latter had stolen a treasured lemon tree belonging to the town, of course. Would anyone bother to steal a lemon tree in real life? Apparently, the answer is yes. It turns out this event actually happened in 2013 in Houston, Texas.
In 1996, a Simpsons gag alluded to TV evangelists who worshipped the all-mighty dollar. Turns out the Pope had some similar ideas of his own in 2013…
The land of chocolate. In 1991, Homer daydreamed during a meeting that he landed in the Land of Chocolate. Well…
Smart Watches. In the 1995 episode Lisas Wedding, Lisas future fiancee could communicate with his watch, very similarly to the Apple Watch - which would be released 20 years later (2015).
Later on in the same episode (Lisas Wedding) there was a scene where future phones were used, and they had a shockingly similar function to today's Facetime.
Horse Burgers. In 1994, Springfield Elementary school was hiding a shady secret: the secret ingredient in its cafeteria dinners was horse meat. Sound familiar? Of course it does: nearly 20 years later, it turned out loads of us were scoffing down horse burgers without even realizing it.
Hamburger Earmuffs. Madcap scientist Professor Fink stumbled upon a new wacky invention in 1998, when he pioneered the worlds first pair of hamburger earmuffs. Fast-forward to 2010, and this delicious creation has (unfortunately) come to life.
2016 Nobel Prize winner. In the 2010 season opener Lisa, Millhouse, and a bunch of her nerdy friends have stayed up late to hear the winners of the Nobel prize, in which Krusty wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
So far, so Simpsons, but then we get a look at Martins betting pool card and we see Millhouse had predicted an Economics prize for Bengt R. Holmstrom, who actually went on to win in 2016..
Giant mutated tomatoes. In a 1999 episode, The Simpsons accidentally grew mutant tomatoes (called Tomacco) when Homer fertilized his fields with the nuclear substance Plutonium. In 2013, giant deformed tomatoes started popping up around a nuclear plant in Japan… yep.
Autocorrect. Not only were The Simpsons familiar with the perils of Autocorrect long before it started infuriating smartphone users the world over, but a bunch of employees at Apple revealed that the one-off joke about keyboard functions helped motivate them to create the iPhone. The Simpsons writers called the device a Newton - which has a very similar logo to Apples iPhone.
Rigged voting machine. Their 2008 gag about rigged voting machines which counted votes for the Republican party even when citizens chose Obama seemed spookily dead-on when several people complained about the exact same problem in the 2012 election.
Higgs Boson. Simon Singh, the author of a book titled The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, claims Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson particle 14 years (1998) before it was actually figured out for real by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider.
Singh says this equation, written by Homer on a blackboard, is eerily accurate. If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson thats only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is.
In a 1994 episode, Homer did that thing…
Robot librarians. Another highlight from Lisas Wedding, here, as Lisas college librarian turns out to be an android (and one who violently bursts into flames, too). There havent been any blown circuit board disasters in Chicago yet but, in 2011, it was announced that the citys new library would have robotic librarians who will helpfully retrieve books for you.
Lady Gagas Super Bowl performance. This years Super Bowl performance featuring Lady Gaga (February 5, 2017) involved lots of cable-based aerial acrobatics, but it was first seen five years prior, in The Simpsons 2012 episode Lisa Goes Gaga. The similarities are quite notable.
The Simpsons writers predicted Donald Trump would become president back in 2000. The episode, Bart To The Future, envisions the futures of Bart and Lisa Simpson. The latter, with an uncanny resemblance to Hillary Clinton, has become the first female president of the United States. As you know, weve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump, she says to her advisors. They then inform her that her predecessor has bankrupt the country.
Now the question is, who will The Simpsons predict is the next President???