Since 1989, “The Simpsons” has been creating hilarious parodies of American culture and society. Viewers watch Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie depict the lives of a working-class families in the town of Springfield, Illinois. Satirical shenanigans is always guaranteed. The creators sometimes have to come up with situations that are entirely imaginary, however, somehow plausible. But, their creativity was so strong that they actually predicted the future on many occasions. Here are all the times “The Simpsons” predicted the future.
Roy Being Attacked By One Of His Tigers
During the fifth season of the show, in 1993, the episode “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)” aired. During the episode, Springfield decides to legalize gambling. The town begins to mimic Las Vegas with multiple casinos that have various perfomers. One of those entertainers was the duo of Gunter and Ernst, the casino magicians. During one of their performances, on of the magicians is attacked by their white tiger. Ten years after this episode aired, the real Gunter and Ernst, Siegfried and Roy, had a similar incident. Roy Horn was attacked by one of their white tigers.
Nuclear Mutated Tomatoes
In the fifth episode of season 11, which aired in 1999, “E-I-E-I-D’oh!” Homer loses a duel, after which he and the whole family flee the country, and become farmers. Homer decides to make a new vegetable, a cross between tobacco and a tomato, and calls it “ToMacco.” He uses plutonium to make his product grow bigger and faster. In 2013, mutated vegetables were found in Japan near a nuclear power plant. Although not a prediction, a man named Rob Baur, was inspired by the episode and actually created “ToMacco” in real life.
Faulty Voting Machines
The “Treehouse of Horror XIX” first aired November 2, 2008. In the opening scene, viewers see Homer trying to vote for Barack Obama. However, the machine he is using is faulty, and changes his vote to John McCain. He tries multiple times to fix the error but the machines sucks him in and kills him. In 2012, a similar situation happened in real life. Tech Crunch reported that there was a machine in Pennsylvania that was changing votes from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney. However, the machine did not kill anyone.
“Lisa’s Wedding” first aired in 1995. The show takes place in the future, in 2010, and watches 23-year-old Lisa fall in love and plan her wedding. Lisa and her future fiancee do not work out. However, in order to set the scene, the creators had to come up with future technologies and concepts. One technology in which they were spot on was the smartwatch. Pictured here, we see a man talking to his watch, a technology that is certainly available today in the Smartwatch.
The episode “Lisa’s Wedding,” as stated before, took place in the future. Therefore, creators took the liberty of inventing things they believed might exist in 2010. One concept they conceived was a robot librarian. In 2011, the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library opened in Chicago. It was a futuristic library where all books are managed and retrieved by robots.
Another gadget from “Lisa’s Wedding” was a rotary videophone. Below we see her talking to Marge. Although we talk face-to-face on much more advanced phones, the concept is still the same. We use our phone to dial a number and are able to video chat, or FaceTime, the person we are trying to speak to.
Horse Meat Scandal
In the 100th episode of the series, “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song” Principal Skinner gets fired. However, Bart feels responsible for Skinner’s firing and tries to help him get his job back. However, the prediction, in this episode, deals with food. Viewers see a chef, unknowingly to those she is serving, put horse meat in her food. Sadly, this came to fruition in in 2013. A beef products company called Bird’s Eye, had 4 products test positive for horse DNA.
The Baby Translator
In the final episode of the third season, “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?”, Homer receives $2,000 compensation after radiation causes him to become infertile. Homer’s brother, Herb, has gone broke and turns to Homer for help. He asks for Homer’s $2,000 so he can create a machine to translate baby babbling. It works and the machine is super successful. Today, there are apps, you can download on your phone, to help translate your baby’s cry. Check out “Cry Translator” in the app store, if you are curious.
In the episode “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation,” Homer goes to a rock’n’ roll fantasy camp run by The Rolling Stones. The band eventually gives Homer a jacket with “Guitar Hero” printed on the back. This episode first aired in 2002, way before the “Guitar Hero” video game was released in 2005.
Greece’s Economic Crisis
In the 2012 episode “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson,” Homer appears as a guest commentator on a cable news show. While he is on the show the ticker, that runs across the bottom, has a headline that says “Europe puts Greece on eBay.” Of course Europe did not actually put Greece on eBay, but in 2015, Greece became the first developed country to default to the International Monetary Fund.
In the episode, “Lisa on Ice,”which aired in 1994, Lisa discovered she had a knack for ice hockey, and rivalry between her and her brother ensued. However, the prediction here was not with hockey, but rather technology. Dolph uses an Apple Newton (a personal digital assistant). He tried to write “Beat Up Martin,” however, it automatically changes to “Eat Up Martha.” This was definitely an autocorrect fail. It has been reported that Apple employees actually referred to this episode while actually creating autocorrect.
The Beatles Respond To Fan Mail Years Later
In the 1991 episode, “Brush With Greatness,” Marge decides to paint a portrait of The Beatle, Ringo Starr. She also decides to send it to him. Years later, he responds as he was determined to write back every fan. This happened in real life, but with Sir Paul McCartney. In 1963, two women sent him a message on a tape. They finally got a response in 2013, thanking them for the tape.
In “The Simpsons Movie”, Lisa and Marge find thousands of workers for the NSA listening into people private’s conversations. They trigger an alarm, but were able to tell the world what they saw. Although it didn’t exactly get uncovered like this, “The Simpsons” did predict that the NSA would be found out. The NSA’s secrets were spilled by Edward Snowden in 2013.
Virtual Yard Work
“Bart Carny” first aired in 1998. During the episode, Bart and Homer get a job at a carnival. One of the carnival games is virtual reality yard work. Although not virtual reality, Facebook users everywhere went crazy for FarmVille in 2009. The game’s objective is to take care of your farm. But, of course, even today, no one actually likes to do real yard work outside.
The 1990 episode “Two Cars In Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish,” Bart catches a three-eyed fish down stream from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. This causes the nuclear plant to be investigated and potentially shut down. It was a great commentary on environment pollution. However, someone, in real life, actually caught a three-eyed fish. A fisherman in Argentina found the creature in 2011.
The God Particle Formula
In the 1998 episode “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer decides he wants to be an inventor, in order to make his life worthwhile. During the episode, viewers see Homer write an equation on a blackboard. Homer is smarter than he thinks, because he was very close to solving the Higgs boson mass particle, also known as the God particle, formula. The forumla was actually discovered 14 years later.
FIFA World Cup Scandal
In 2014, Homer became a World Cup referee in the episode”You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee.” Throughout the show he struggles with right and wrong and whether or not to take bribes from gangsters and players. He eventually gives in a takes a bribe from gangsters to rig the World Cup and allow Brazil to win. However, he has a change of heart during the game and Germany ends up winning. In 2015, multiple FIFA officials were charged with corruption, along with 2 FIFA presidents. That same year Germany won the cup.
Holstrom Would Win The Nobel Prize
In “Elementary School Musical” Krusty the Clown invites Homer to his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway. However, it turns out tot be a hoax. The episode, that aired in 2010, also had characters create a poll of who they thought would win each category. Millhouse predicted Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the prize for Economics. Although he did not win in 2010, Holstrom did win the prize in 2016.
Censoring Michaelangelo’s Statue
In 1990, the town of Springfield did not appreciate art. In the episode “Itchy and Scratchy and Marge”, a copy of Michaelangelo’s David statue was brought to the town. The townspeople were horrified by the nudity and wanted to cover it up with clothes. Unfortunately, in 2016, the city of Saint Petersburg, Russia also felt the same way, as protestors wanted to clothe the statue.
A Chocolate Amusement Park
In 1991, episode “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”, which actually translates to “Burns sells the power plant”, Burns sells his power plants to two German men. After the sale, Homer is fired. Also during this episode, Homer has a dream where he is frolicking through a “Land of Chocolate.” Well, that dream became a reality in 2011, in Shanghai, when a chocolate-themed amusement park opened.
The Rolling Stones Still Touring
In the episode “Lisa’s Wedding,” her fiancee has a poster that says “The Rolling Stone Steel Wheelchair Tour 2010.” This episode aired in 1995, and predicted The Rolling Stones would still be touring many years later. Well, minus the wheelchairs, the creators certainly predicated that correctly. The Rolling Stones are still currently touring.
The Shard Building In London
“Lisa’s Wedding,” as it was written for the future, certainly had a lot of predictions. One that is normally overlooked, however, is the prediction of The Shard building in London. During Lisa’s trip to London, viewers see a skyscrper behind the Tower Bridge that looks very similar to The Shard and is even in the right location. The construction of the building started 14 years after the episode aired.
Trump Becomes President
The most famous prediction from “The Simpsons” is definitely in the 2000 episode “Bart To The Future.” The episode takes place in 2030 and mainly follows Bart’s future life. However, it also mentions that Donald Trump was President. After Trump was actually elected in 2016, in the opening credits of the episode “Havana Wild Weekend,” Bart writes on the blackboard “Being right sucks.” This refers to their prediction of Trump becoming President.
Cooking Grease For Cash
In the first episode of the 10th season, “Lard of the Dance”, Homer discovers he can steal and resell grease for cash. At the time when the episode aired in 1998, it seemed like minuscule and almost comedic crime. However, in 2013, it actually became a real problem. Theft of cooking grease was on the rise, as it was a valuable ingredient in biodiesel.
In the 1997 episode “Lisa’s Sax”, viewers see Marge trying to read Bart, while he is sick, a book titled “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” In the same episode, Bart makes an apocalyptic drawing of many people dying. Many people believe the creator were predicting the Ebola outbreak that would occur in 2014. The virus traveled across the globe and killed many people.
Lemon Tree Theft
In 1995, kids from a nearby town of Shelbyville stole Springfield’s beloved lemon Tree. In “Lemon of Troy” Bart leads a group of his friends on a mission to find the tree. Bart uses a plan similar to the Trojan Horse to take back the tree after it is found in an impound lot. Once again, a very comical, but unlikely plot. Not true. In 2011, a couple in Madison, Wisconsin claimed someone had stolen their lemon tree overnight.
In the 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”, Professor Fink made hamburger earmuffs – a fashion accessory which is certainly laughable. However, fashion designers may have thought otherwise. Many years later, a company actually made this hamburger earmuffs and put them on the market. Needless to say, they didn’t sell so well.
The Original Ipod
“Bart After Dark” first aired in 1996. In the show an angry mob tries to enter a gated home. On the gate, there is an intercom, that looks very similar to the first genertion iPod. However, the first iPod wasn’t released until 2001. Although the functions are different, their design and use to communicate messages (whether through voice or song) are very similar.
Coming In Like A Wrecking Ball
In the episode “Sideshow Bob Retuns”, Homer rides a wrecking ball. Now, this could be just another humorous Simpsons moment. However, maybe creators were predicting the musical future. If you listened to the radio at all in 2013, you probably heard the Miley Cyrus song “Wrecking Ball.” The music video shows Miley riding a wrecking ball, just like Homer.
Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
The final episode of the 23rd seasons was “Lisa Goes Gaga.” In this episode, all the residents of Springfield are in a deep depression. It was said that Lisa was the most depressed, so Lady Gaga helps Lisa and the rest of the town brighten their spirits. In the episode, Gaga gives a suspended performance in a silvery costume. This 2012 episode was a perfect prediction for Lady Gaga’s 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.