7 Times The Simpsons Successfully Predicted The Future

On December 17, 1989, the animated TV series "The Simpsons" premiered on Fox. Over the last 32 years,  The Simpson, has had many moments that have manifested themselves in real life. Here are seven times show has successfully predicted the future...

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They Predicted That Donald Trump Would Be President In an episode titled “Bart to the Future,” that originally aired on March 19, 2000,  Lisa has become president of the United States.  In a cabinet meeting, she mentions, "We inherited quite the budget crunch from President Trump." The episode was widely circulated on social media when Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. The week after the election, the recurring chalkboard gag even read, "Being right sucks."


Correct Predictions of Super Bowl Winners In Season 3, Episode 14, titled "Lisa the Greek" the football-centric episode came only a few days before Super Bowl XXVI, and Lisa correctly predicted the Washington Redskins would win. The next year, the staff decided to dub in the names of that year's competing teams, and they were once again correct with their call of the Dallas Cowboys as victors.

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Auto-Correct Was Predicted This is one of the few cases when The Simpsons not only made a prediction but actively contributed to events. In “The Simpsons” Episode 8 of Season 6, Dolph, the bully. writes on his Apple Newton “Beat up Martin,” and it comes out as “Eat up, Martha.” While Apple was working on the keyboard for their iPhone years later, employees would reportedly say “Eat up, Martha” to remind each other how important the feature was.

The Beatles Sending Belated Fan Mail In the second season, titled "Brush with Greatness," Marge Simpson reveals in high school she sent celebrity crush Ringo Starr a painting. After decades pass, Ringo finally sends back a response, fulfilling a vow to return all fan mail. The prediction seemed to pass between the living Beatles, as, in 2013, two women from Essex received a reply from Sir Paul McCartney after sending him a mixtape 50 years earlier.

The Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack In Episode 10, Season 5, Mr. Burns opens a casino after Springfield legalizes gambling. A circus act starring Gunter and Ernst, who are obviously patterned on Las Vegas entertainers Siegfried and Roy, ends badly when they are attacked by their white tiger. Ten years later, Roy Horn was attacked and seriously injured on stage by a tiger during his Las Vegas act.

Freaky Voting Machines During “Treehouse of Horror XIX,” which aired during Season 20, Episode 4, Homer tried to vote for the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, but the machine counted it for the Republican candidate, John McCain. Flipping votes turned out to be an issue in part of the election. It took a full election cycle for this one to occur, as a 2012 viral video depicted a voting booth in Pennsylvania doing the same thing with Obama and Mitt Romney. Present Trump has made the same claim.

The Ebola Outbreak Was Predicted "Lisa's Sax" is the third episode of the ninth season and originally aired on October 19, 1997.  In the episode, Marge attempted to cheer up Bart by reading the book “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” Though the disease had existed prior to the episode, the largest outbreak of Ebola would occur during 2014 and 2015 with thousands of deaths reported in Africa.