17 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future, From Trump to Gaga

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17 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future, From Trump to Gaga

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17 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future, From Trump to Gaga

When you have a TV comedy satirize politics and culture for three decades, as The Simpsons has, you’re bound to see life imitate animated art. But the number of real-life events the FOX hit has prophesied is eerie.

Check out some of those prescient predictions in the gallery above.

17 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future, From Trump to Gaga
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1. Disney Buying Out 20th Century Fox

Disney Buying Out 20th Century Fox Credit: Fox

In a 1998 episode titled "When You Dish Upon a Star," a sign reads "20th Century Fox — a Division of Walt Disney Co."

In December of 2017, almost twenty years later, the media giant announced its plans to acquire 21st Century Fox for $51 billion in stock.

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1. Disney Buying Out 20th Century Fox

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In a 1998 episode titled "When You Dish Upon a Star," a sign reads "20th Century Fox — a Division of Walt Disney Co."

In December of 2017, almost twenty years later, the media giant announced its plans to acquire 21st Century Fox for $51 billion in stock.

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2. President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump Credit: FOX

A 2000 episode titled “Bart to the Future” depicts a dystopian America in the year 2030 — in which Donald Trump is president and the economy is going down the drain.

“It was a warning to America,” writer Dan Greaney told The Mirror.

“That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”

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2. President Donald Trump

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A 2000 episode titled “Bart to the Future” depicts a dystopian America in the year 2030 — in which Donald Trump is president and the economy is going down the drain.

“It was a warning to America,” writer Dan Greaney told The Mirror.

“That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”

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3. Voting machine errors

Voting machine errors Credit: FOX

In 2008’s “Treehouse of Horror XIX,” an electronic voting machine Homer uses changes his vote from Barack Obama to John McCain.

Four years later, a Reddit user showed an electronic voting machine changing their vote from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.

3. Voting machine errors

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In 2008’s “Treehouse of Horror XIX,” an electronic voting machine Homer uses changes his vote from Barack Obama to John McCain.

Four years later, a Reddit user showed an electronic voting machine changing their vote from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.

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4. The Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Credit: FOX

Lisa’s future fiancé dictated a message to her via his smartwatch in the 1995 episode “Lisa’s Wedding” — nearly two decades before Apple debuted the Apple Watch and its voice command capabilities.

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4. The Apple Watch

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Lisa’s future fiancé dictated a message to her via his smartwatch in the 1995 episode “Lisa’s Wedding” — nearly two decades before Apple debuted the Apple Watch and its voice command capabilities.

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5. FaceTime

FaceTime Credit: FOX

In that same “Lisa’s Wedding” episode, Lisa makes a video call to Marge on her phone.

15 years after that airing, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the world to FaceTime.

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5. FaceTime

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In that same “Lisa’s Wedding” episode, Lisa makes a video call to Marge on her phone.

15 years after that airing, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the world to FaceTime.

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6. Robot librarians

Robot librarians Credit: FOX

“Lisa’s Wedding” turns out to be even more prophetic!

In that episode, Lisa and her beau visit a library at which the librarians are androids.

In 2011, the University of Chicago opened its Mansueto Library, where 3.5 volumes are stored underground and accessed via robotic systems.

6. Robot librarians

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“Lisa’s Wedding” turns out to be even more prophetic!

In that episode, Lisa and her beau visit a library at which the librarians are androids.

In 2011, the University of Chicago opened its Mansueto Library, where 3.5 volumes are stored underground and accessed via robotic systems.

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7. Autocorrect errors

Autocorrect errors Credit: FOX

In 1994’s “Lisa on Ice,” bully Dolph tries to write “Beat Up Martin” as a note on his Apple Newton, a real-life precursor to the iPhone.

The Newton incorrectly transcribes his note as “Eat Up Martha.”

One former Apple director told Fast Company the phrase “Eat Up Martha” became a mantra for the company’s developers to nail the iPhone’s keyboard.

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7. Autocorrect errors

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In 1994’s “Lisa on Ice,” bully Dolph tries to write “Beat Up Martin” as a note on his Apple Newton, a real-life precursor to the iPhone.

The Newton incorrectly transcribes his note as “Eat Up Martha.”

One former Apple director told Fast Company the phrase “Eat Up Martha” became a mantra for the company’s developers to nail the iPhone’s keyboard.

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8. Cooking grease theft

Cooking grease theft Credit: FOX

Homer realizes he can steal and resell cooking grease at a huge profit in the 1998 episode “Lard of the Dance.”

15 years later, the New York Post reported on the rise of grease “vultures” who steal and sell cooking grease for its use in biodiesel.

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8. Cooking grease theft

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Homer realizes he can steal and resell cooking grease at a huge profit in the 1998 episode “Lard of the Dance.”

15 years later, the New York Post reported on the rise of grease “vultures” who steal and sell cooking grease for its use in biodiesel.

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9. Lemon tree theft

Lemon tree theft Credit: FOX

In a 1995 episode titled “Lemon of Troy,” kids from the nearby town of Shelbyville steal a beloved lemon tree from Springfield — and in 2011, a couple in Madison, Wisconsin, woke up to find their lemon tree missing.

9. Lemon tree theft

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In a 1995 episode titled “Lemon of Troy,” kids from the nearby town of Shelbyville steal a beloved lemon tree from Springfield — and in 2011, a couple in Madison, Wisconsin, woke up to find their lemon tree missing.

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10. Nobel Prize win

Nobel Prize win Credit: FOX

Milhouse accurately predicted Finnish economist Bengt Holmström would win a Nobel Prize — but that was in the 2010 episode “Elementary School Prize,” a full six years before Bengt was named a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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Milhouse accurately predicted Finnish economist Bengt Holmström would win a Nobel Prize — but that was in the 2010 episode “Elementary School Prize,” a full six years before Bengt was named a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

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11. NSA eavesdropping

NSA eavesdropping Credit: 20th Century Fox

In 2007’s The Simpsons Movie, the National Security Agency busts the Simpson family after tapping into Marge’s phone call.

Six years later, whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s telecommunications surveillance.

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11. NSA eavesdropping

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In 2007’s The Simpsons Movie, the National Security Agency busts the Simpson family after tapping into Marge’s phone call.

Six years later, whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s telecommunications surveillance.

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12. Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show Credit: FOX

Gaga soared over the 2017 Super Bowl crowd on a tether during her halftime show; and does the same thing in her Springfield show in the 2012 episode “Lisa Goes Gaga.”

She even wears a metallic leotard and knee-high boots in the animated performance, just like she did at the Super Bowl!

12. Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show

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Gaga soared over the 2017 Super Bowl crowd on a tether during her halftime show; and does the same thing in her Springfield show in the 2012 episode “Lisa Goes Gaga.”

She even wears a metallic leotard and knee-high boots in the animated performance, just like she did at the Super Bowl!

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13. The mass of the Higgs boson particle

The mass of the Higgs boson particle Credit: FOX

14 years before scientists discovered the mass of the subatomic Higgs boson particle, Homer got awfully close in the equation he wrote out in “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” a 1998 episode.

“If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets author Simon Singh told The Independent.

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13. The mass of the Higgs boson particle

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14 years before scientists discovered the mass of the subatomic Higgs boson particle, Homer got awfully close in the equation he wrote out in “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” a 1998 episode.

“If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets author Simon Singh told The Independent.

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14. Chocolate Happy Land

Chocolate Happy Land Credit: FOX

In 1991’s “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk,” Homer zones out during a performance review and daydreams of gallivanting around “The Land of Chocolate.”

In 2013, a 333,00-square foot chocolate-themed park — appropriately called Chocolate Happy Land — opened at the Shanghai World Expo.

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14. Chocolate Happy Land

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In 1991’s “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk,” Homer zones out during a performance review and daydreams of gallivanting around “The Land of Chocolate.”

In 2013, a 333,00-square foot chocolate-themed park — appropriately called Chocolate Happy Land — opened at the Shanghai World Expo.

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15. Roy Horn’s tiger attack

Roy Horn’s tiger attack Credit: FOX

In the 1993 installment “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),” two lion tamers named Gunter and Ernst — send-ups of Vegas entertainers Siegfried and Roy — are attacked by one of their white tigers.

in 2003, Roy was critically injured when the team’s white tiger Montecore bit his neck.

15. Roy Horn’s tiger attack

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In the 1993 installment “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),” two lion tamers named Gunter and Ernst — send-ups of Vegas entertainers Siegfried and Roy — are attacked by one of their white tigers.

in 2003, Roy was critically injured when the team’s white tiger Montecore bit his neck.

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16. Baby translator

Baby translator Credit: FOX

In the 1992 episode “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?,” Homer’s half-brother Herb invents a baby translator.

In 2013, a iPhone app named Cry Translator claimed to do the same thing.

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16. Baby translator

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In the 1992 episode “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?,” Homer’s half-brother Herb invents a baby translator.

In 2013, a iPhone app named Cry Translator claimed to do the same thing.

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17. Three-eyed fish

Three-eyed fish Credit: FOX

Bart finds a three-eyed fish downriver of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in the 1990 episode “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” — and fishermen caught a three-eyed fish near an Argentinian nuclear power plant in 2011.

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17. Three-eyed fish

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Bart finds a three-eyed fish downriver of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in the 1990 episode “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” — and fishermen caught a three-eyed fish near an Argentinian nuclear power plant in 2011.

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When you have a TV comedy satirize politics and culture for three decades, as The Simpsons has, you’re bound to see life imitate animated art. But the number of real-life events the FOX hit has prophesied is eerie.

Check out some of those prescient predictions in the gallery above.