People have been trying to predict the future for as long as we’ve been around as a species—Nostradamus, the Mayans, Miss Cleo (may she rest in peace). They’ve all taken their shots (and subsequent misses) at predicting what is to come in our lifetimes. Most notably, we seem to keep missing the end of the world, may it come soon and swiftly. But perhaps we’ve been looking in the wrong place. If any one entity is going to correctly forecast our demise, it’s likely going to be the long-running animated series, The Simpsons.
For over three decades, the series has thrived with a dedicated audience invested in the hijinks of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. But the catch is that despite many of its storylines being asinine beyond belief, they end up getting mimicked in real life later on. Whether that’s strange, unconscious manifestation or clairvoyance is up to you to decide, but it’s impossible to look at The Simpsons and not feel a bit uneasy about how spot on the FOX show seems to be about what’s to come. Even creepier, the show seems to be getting it right with increasing accuracy.
“It’s a little sad that something you put in a show as a joke because it was so crazy came true,” longtime Simpsons showrunner Al Jean told Esquire shortly after they predicted Donald Trump becoming president.
Below is a look at some of their greatest hits. From tiger attacks to Trump presidency, it’s best to keep an eye on The Simpsons. Wise are those who prepare via an animated TV series.
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