It’s hard to predict the future, but time and time again, cartoons seem to be connected to the flow of the universe, because they keep doing it. The Simpsons in particular have accurately predicted the future more than a few times, which leads me to believe that creator Matt Groening is actually from the future.
1. 20th Century Fox Bought Out By Disney
19 years before the House of Mouse made the 52.4 billion dollar deal to purchase Fox, The Simpsons ran a visual gag of Fox being acquired by Disney.
2. The Miss Universe Mix-Up
Remember the infamous Miss Universe mix-up? Futurama had the exact same situation written in their show way back in 1999, 16 years before we memed the real life event.
3. Caitlyn Jenner’s Transition
Family Guy used to portray Bruce Jenner in an extremely feminine manner years before the transition. The creators of the show have yet to comment why they went with this portrayal or if they knew anything we didn’t.
4. President Trump
Perhaps the most famous instance of The Simpsons knowing all future events, President Lisa Simpson informs us that her predecessor was indeed Donald Trump. The episode aired way back in 2000, which was 16 years before Trump would win the nomination.
5. The Censoring of David
The Simpsons had most of an episode dedicated to the hilarious idea that the townsfolk of Springfield would be aghast at the sight of David’s nudity, despite it being one of the great works of art in human history. Well, years after that episode aired, the people of St. Petersburg lobbied to have the statue censored while it was on display in the city.
6. The Smartwatch
20 years before the first Apple Watch, The Simpsons showed one of their characters using a new watch that double as a phone. It seemed crazy at the time, but was soon to come true.
7. Jagdish Bhagwati Wins the Nobel Prize
On The Simpsons, Milhouse places a bet for Professor Jagdish Bhagwati to win the Nobel Prize. He did just that six years later.
8. The Three-Eyed Fish
The three-eyed fish on The Simpsons has been a staple gag about the dangers of Mr. Burns’ nuclear power plant. Years after the cartoon fish made its debut, a similarly three-eyed fish was found in water near a power plant in Argentina.
9. Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show
Who could forget Lady Gaga’s 2017 Super Bowl performance? Maybe she was inspired by her Simpsons alter ego dangling from wires back in 2012.
10. The big twist in Game of Thrones
Daenerys burning down King’s Landing shocked millions of Game of Thrones fans, but maybe Simpsons fans shouldn’t have been so surprised. After all, the show predicted the Mad Queen burning down the innocents years before Thrones did it.
11. Siegfried & Roy’s Tiger Attack
The Simpsons showed the infamous white tiger mauling Siegfried & Roy a full 10 years before the event happened in real life.
12. The Killing of Osama Bin Laden
Eight months before SEAL Team 6 assassinated Osama Bin Laden, South Park animated the terrorist being shot in the head and killed by special forces in one of their episodes.
13. The God Particle
In 2012, scientists confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson. But, 14 years before this happened, The Simpsons put Homer in front of a blackboard with an equation that accurately predicted the mass of the particle before any scientists knew. Insane.
14. Ireland’s Horse Meat Scandal
Lunch Lady Doris is famous on The Simpsons for using low quality meats in the school lunches. One visual gag sees her pulling from a barrel of “assorted horse parts.” Nine years later, Ireland’s Food Safety Authority found horse DNA in more than a third of all beef samples taken from restaurants.
15. The First Laptop Computer
Back in the 80’s, Inspector Gadget had the coolest inventions that surely were light years away from being a reality. A character named Penny is seen using a “computer book” which looked eerily familiar to one of the very first Toshiba laptops that was released years later.
16. Faulty Voting Machines in the 2012 Election
The Simpsons had fun at democracy’s expense when Homer tries to vote for Obama but the machine only let him select Mitt Romney. This actually happened after the episode aired, when a machine in Pennsylvania had to be removed because it was switching votes to Romney.
17. The Greek Financial Crisis
Three years before Greece entered a large scale financial crisis, The Simpsons ran a funny chyron that said Europe had but Greece on eBay.
18. The First Digital Camera
Much like the first laptop, Inspector Gadget’s Penny used a device that functioned as a digital camera, attached to her computer book and allowed her to take photographs digitally. The first digital cameras didn’t come out until the early to mid 90’s.
19. The iPod
This one might just be design coincidence, but The Simpsons should get money from Apple for essentially designing the iPod Classic five years before the company announced the product.
20. Drone Cameras
The media wasn’t close to using drones from cameras back in 2000, when Futurama showed them in everyday use.