The writers of The Simpsons are eerily good at predicting the future. It’s almost as if they have a time-traveling device that allows them to rip headlines straight from news stories that haven’t happened yet! (On second thought, it would kind of be a waste of time-travel to use it to make an animated show.) Here are the times The Simpsons seemed to know what was going to be a top news story of the future:
Donald Trump running for president
In the “Bart To The Future” episode of The Simpsons, which aired sixteen years ago on March 19, 2000, a vision of the future shows a grownup Lisa Simpson as President of the United States, trying to save the country’s finances after of a disastrous Donald Trump presidency. The writer Dan Greaney told the Hollywood Reporter that they went with the idea in 2000 because “it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.” Yikes.
The boy falling into the gorilla pen at the zoo
It was devastating to learn that the gorilla Harambe was shot after a boy fell into the gorilla sanctuary in Cincinnati. Eerily enough, The Simpsons had a similar event happen in the episode “Bart Has Two Mommies” on March 19, 2006. Homer takes Bart and Lisa to a sanctuary for movie animals who had retired, and an elderly female chimpanzee named Toot-Toot reaches up and pulls Bart into her cage. Toot-Toot then takes the child as her own and keeps Bart captive in the cage. The ending of the episode is happier than the real-life one, though: Bart is rescued without any harm to Toot-Toot.
Star Wars and Alvin and The Chipmunks Released At The Same Time
Star Wars: The Force Awakens made headlines as it broke box office records left and right after its release. In the episode “Homer the Whopper” which aired on September 27, 2009, we see that Star Wars and Alvin and the Chipmunks are competing at the box office. The episode was written by Seth Rogan and Ethan Goldberg. In real life, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip were released ON THE EXACT SAME DAY: Friday, December 18 2015. WHAT???!!! HOW???!!!
Disneyland changing to Star Wars Land
It made headlines when Disney bought the Star Wars franchise and then began work on Star Wars Land at the Disneyland Theme Park. In The Simpsons episode “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner” which aired on January 4th, 2015, it was predicted that “Dizneeland” had changed a lot since they bought the rights to “Cosmic Wars”. The new land at Disney was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015.
The St. Louis Hacking Scandal
In June of 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals were investigated for hacking into Houston Astros database. In the episode “Brothers Little Helper”, which aired on October 3, 1999, Bart thinks that Major League Baseball is using satellites to spy on Springfield. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Mark McGwire even confirms Bart’s theory!
The Super Bowl XLVIII Matchup
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) January 31, 2014
Back in 2001, The Simpsons predicted the 2014 Super Bowl of Denver Broncos vs the Seattle Seahawks.
SERIOUSLY, HOW DO THEY PREDICT EVERYTHING?!
Do you think the writers of The Simpsons have invented time travel? Or maybe they just have Nostradamus in a box. I’m on the fence about it. Let me know on Twitter!