For years now the Simpsons have been predicting some pretty weird stuff. Maybe, it’s because the series has over 600 episodes under its quarterly-century-old belt and they are bound to get some things right, or maybe the Simpson’s creator, Matt Groening, really is the “King of Psychics? Whatever the case may be, the shock election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States is yet another reminder that the writers of the cartoon have an eerie knack for predicting today’s events.
In the episode ‘Bart to the Future’ (which aired back in 2000), Lisa is made president. As she sits in the Oval Office, she jokes: ‘We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump’.
“It was a warning to America. That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.” Says writer for the show, Dan Greaney. “We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 – but Trump was, of course, the most absurd placeholder joke.
But that’s not all, here are 5 more times the clairvoyant writers of the show predicted the future down to a tee!
#1. Ebola outbreak
In 1976, the first cases of Ebola in African countries like Sudan and Congo were reported and in August 2014 it became world news. When the virus broke out in Congo and measures were taken to prevent it from spreading, many people were afraid that Europe and America would be affected as well. In an episode aired in 1997, that fear became a reality for the Simpsons. The episode shows young Bart laying in bed with fever as his mother Marge encourages him to read the book “Curious George and the Ebola virus.
#2. 2012’s Voting machine incident
In 2008, an episode aired where the votes of the inhabitants of the town of Springfield got changed by the voting machine. The episode reminds us of the 2012 incident when a Pennsylvania voting machine was removed after it was found turning votes for President Obama into a vote for Romney. Internet user, centralpavote, recorded the malfunction on his smartphone and uploaded the video to popular content aggregator, Reddit.com. The posting shot to instant fame (with 4800 ‘up votes’ on Reddit as of the time of this writing), and MSNBC confirms that the machine has since been taken out of service.
#3. Horsemeat scandal
The 2013 horse meat scandal was a scandal in Europe where foods advertised as containing beef were found to contain horse meat – as much as 100% of the meat content in some cases. The issue came to light on 15 January 2013, when it was reported that horse DNA had been discovered in frozen beefburgers sold in several Irish and British supermarkets. Consumer confidence in prepared food reached an all time low and The US government did a thorough investigation into the horse meat scandal in an attempt to boost consumer confidence again. Long before, in a 1994 episode of the Simpson, the kitchen staff from the school in Springfield can also be seen using the controversial ingredient in their canteen meals.
#4. The iPod
Long before anyone heard of the iPod, it was already revealed in an episode of the Simpsons back in 1995. Not as a music player, but as a home phone with video chat.
#5. Lemon Tree Theft
In the episode “Lemon of Troy” which aired in 1995, kids from Springfield did battle with their rivals from Shelbyville, who had stolen their lemon tree. In 2013, the bizarre story turned into reality when a bizarre theft in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston left neighbors scratching their heads. The crook didn’t go for jewelry or electronics. Rather, he targeted a tree. The inhabitants spoke of “the most bizarre theft ever.” To this day, no one understands why the offender stole the tree.