Back at it again! The Simpsons might have accurately predicted which two teams will go head to head in the World Cup finals on July 15. Find six other predictions from The Simpsons that came true below.
In an episode from 1997 titled, The Cartridge Family, The Simpsons creators showcase a match between Mexico and Portugal. The match was marketed as one ‘to determine the greatest nation on Earth’. Since it wasn’t a World Cup match but a regular one played out in Springfield, there isn’t much reason to see this as a trajectory for the World Cup.
However, as Eco pointed out, one specific detail has made Mexican and Portuguese fans think their teams are sure to qualify until the finals. There is a reference in the episode to the scandal that hit the Mexican team before the start of the World Cup about their partying with several women. For dedicated fans, this was enough of a sign that the popular sitcom have successfully predicted the future again.
With 29 seasons and counting, The Simpsons is one of the most well-known animated series of all time. However, it has now gained notoriety for its eerie predictions of the future. Here’s five other times when The Simpsons accurately predicted the future.
1. The closure of Toys R Us
While it took almost everyone by shock even in 2017, The Simpsons saw it coming back in 2004. In the episode Marge vs Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays, a group of adults without children destroy all kid-friendly places in Springfield, specifically including Toys R Us.
In a 1995 episode titled Lisa’s Wedding, Lisa talks to Marge using her phone’s video chat abilities. The futuristic episode accurately predicted the installment of Facetime in iPhones by a margin of 15 years.
3. The God Particle
In 1998, in an episode titled, The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer is seen standing in front of an equation that was confirmed all the way in 2012 as the equation predicting the mass of the Higgs boson particle, which helps explain why everything in the universe has mass. As Dr. Simon Singh told The Independent, “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. It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.”
4. The NSA Spying Scandal
In 2007, The Simpsons Movie showcases the NSA locating Marge and the kids by listening in on their telephone conversations. However, it wasn’t until 5 years later in 2013 that Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of American phone and Internet records.
5. Greece’s debt to the IMF
In 2012, in an episode titled Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson, Homer appears on as a commentator on a show called Head Butt. While he’s on the show, a ticker at the bottom of the screen reads “Europe puts Greece on eBay“. This was three years before Greece actually defaulted on their debt to the International Monetary Fund.
6. Donald Trump’s Presidency
One of the most notorious predictions the show has made that came true was the Presidency of Donald Trump. In 2000, in a futuristic episode titled Bart to the Future, Lisa is President. Viewers learn she’s inherited a broke country from her predecessor Donald Trump. This is 16 years before Donald Trump became President in a shocking election.
In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Dan Greaney explained, “That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane.”
Given the insight the creators of the show have that the rest of the world clearly doesn’t, the World Cup final might as well turn out to be what they predicted.