10 Times The Simpsons Predicted Future

With 31 seasons and counting on the air, The Simpsons is undeniably a television phenomenon. Throughout its nearly 700 episodes, creator Matt Groening and his team have been so on top of the country’s cultural pulse, they’ve even managed to predict several major historical events — along with a few less momentous happenings.

Today we bring you a list of 10 times The Simpsons made eerily accurate predictions about the future. Because there are much more their accurate predictions about the future, you can expect 2nd part of this Top List in the next period.

The God Particle

Season 10, Episode 2: The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace
Predicted: 1998
Came true: 2012

The existence of the Higgs boson or “God particle” — a breakthrough that helps explain how everything in the universe has mass — wasn’t confirmed by physicists until 2012. But according to Dr. Simon Singh, the author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, after Homer decided to become an inventor in “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” he was pictured standing in front of a blackboard with an equation that predicted the mass of the yet-to-be-discovered particle.

“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,” he told the Independent. “It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.”

Team USA’s Olympic Curling Win

Season 21, Episode 12: Boy Meets Curl
Predicted: 2010
Came true: 2018

Team USA’s men’s curling team defeated Sweden in a shocking upset at the 2018 Olympics that brought yet another Simpsons storyline to real-life fruition. Mirroring events from a 2010 episode in which Marge and Homer made it onto the U.S. mixed doubles curling team, the Americans came from behind in their Feb. 25 matchup with Sweden to capture gold at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

NSA Spying Scandal

The Simpsons Movie
Predicted: 2007
Came true: 2013

When the Simpson family is forced to go into hiding following their escape from the EPA biodome enclosing Springfield, the NSA locates Marge and the kids by listening in on one of their conversations. However, it wasn’t until six years after The Simpsons Movie hit theaters that Edward Snowden first blew the whistle on the government mass surveillance of Americans’ phone and Internet records.

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The Nobel Prize

Season 22, Episode 1: Elementary School Musical
Predicted: 2010
Came true: 2016

Bengt Holmström may not have won the Nobel Prize in Economics until 2016, but one Simpsons character was betting on him six years prior. In a scene from the season 22 premiere in which Martin holds up a scorecard depicting his Nobel Prize betting pool with Lisa, Milhouse and Database, the MIT professor is clearly marked in one of Milhouse’s squares.

Greece’s Debt Default

Season 23, Episode 10: Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson
Predicted: 2012
Came true: 2015

When Homer appears as a guest commentator on cable news show Head Butt, a ticker runs across the bottom of the screen that reads, “Europe puts Greece on eBay.”

Of course, this was three years before Greece became the first developed country to default to the International Monetary Fund, plunging the country deeper into economic crisis.

FIFA’s Corruption Scandal

Season 25, Episode 16: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee
Predicted: 2014
Came true: 2015

Although the world football federation representative who asks Homer for help repairing the organization’s image isn’t explicitly named as a member of FIFA, his arrest turned out to be uncannily similar to those of the real-life FIFA officials who were arrested on corruption charges about a year later. Not to mention that the episode also correctly predicted Germany’s defeat of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.

America’s Ebola Outbreak

Season 9, Episode 3: Lisa’s Sax
Predicted: 1997
Came true: 2014

This installment saw Marge offer to read a depressed Bart a book titled Curious George and the Ebola Virus. This moment was widely circulated during the 2014 American Ebola outbreak when YouTube user Thecontroversy7 created a video laying out a theory revolving around The Simpsons‘ predictive tendencies.

Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show

Season 23, Episode 22: Lisa Goes Gaga
Predicted: 2012
Came true: 2017

Nearly five years before Lady Gaga descended from the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium for the halftime show of Super Bowl LI, her Simpsons doppelgänger performed a song for the residents of Springfield while suspended in the air. The two Mother Monsters even wore similar silver ensembles for their shows.

Donald Trump’s Presidency

Season 11, Episode 17: Bart to the Future
Predicted: 2000
Came true: 2016

When Bart flashes forward into adulthood, viewers learn that Lisa not only becomes president, but inherits “quite a budget crunch” from her predecessor, Donald Trump. “The country is broke?,” she asks her aides in one scene. “How can that be?”

At the time, the real Trump presidency was still 16 years away. However, in a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Dan Greaney explained the joke was meant as a warning to the country. “That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom,” he said. “It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.

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Disney’s Fox Takeover

Season 10, Episode 5: When You Dish Upon A Star
Predicted: 1998
Came true: 2017

After a trip to Springfield, director Ron Howard pitches a screenplay that Homer wrote to producer Brian Glazer of 20th Century Fox. At the beginning of the scene, a sign can be seen at the Fox studio lot that reveals the company is now “A Division of Walt Disney Co.”

Cut to nearly 20 years later and this sale is officially underway, with the news breaking that Disney has reached a deal to acquire $66.1 billion-worth of Fox on Dec. 14, 2017.

Inspiration for this Top List: Time’s article

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