Premonitions that came true?
Successful television
Over 700 episodes
Covid-19 or Osaka flu?
Was it really Coronavirus?
Deniers
Invasion of bees and locusts
Ebola
A football match between Brazil and Germany
Neymar's injury
FIFA corruption
The real 200 banknote
Donald Trump, president
First female leader of the United States?
Mutant fish
Three-eyed tararia
The magazine and the twin towers
Fox and Disney
New technology
An apple as its brand
Videoconference
Smart watch
Lady Gaga's big show
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Predictions in 'The Simpsons' - have they always come true?
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Premonitions that came true?

Do you believe in premonitions or do you only see coincidences? This question has a lot to do with the animated series 'The Simpsons.' It depicts numerous situations that, over time, became reality - or at least in part. A president, a pandemic, a lost game... These are just some of them.

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Successful television

The series was created in 1987 by Matt Groening. Thanks to its wit and character, it became a huge hit with the masses. 'The Simpsons' even surpassed 30 years on the air.

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Over 700 episodes

With more than 700 episodes in 33 seasons, 'The Simpsons' is among the series with the most episodes in the history of television. In addition, it went to the big screen in 2007 - coinciding with its 20th anniversary. 'The Simpsons Movie' grossed around 526 million dollars worldwide.

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Covid-19 or Osaka flu?

The first of the 'premonitions' of The Simpsons dates back to 1993, when the episode 'Marge in Chains' was released. The city of Springfield is plunged into panic due to a disease of Asian origin: the Osaka Flu.

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Was it really Coronavirus?

Like Covid-19, the 'Osaka flu', as it was called in the series, was extremely contagious and was transmitted through the respiratory tract.

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Deniers

The same episode showed a familiar figure from the current pandemic: the denialist. We could see medical professionals denying the existence of the virus, such as Doctor Julius Hibbert who suggested that it was all a false alarm and that the affected patients just needed to rest.

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Invasion of bees and locusts

For some, the 'Osaka Flu' was not the only 'premonition' in 'The Simpsons.' In a moment of widespread anger, a group of people overturn a truck full of bees that escape and invade the city. In a somewhat more forced 'prediction' than the previous one, viewers have compared this scene in the series to the locust invasion that took place in several areas of Argentina and Paraguay in 2020.

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Ebola

Ebola was another disease referred to in the series in 1997. The episode 'Lisa's Saxophone' shows how Marge gives Bart a book entitled 'Curious George and the Ebola Virus'. It's a moment that many remembered during the outbreak of the disease that began in Guinea in December 2013 and affected several countries throughout the following year.

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A football match between Brazil and Germany

Another accurate prediction from 'The Simpsons' is related to the world of football. In the episode 'You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee', from season 25 in 2013, the Simpson family travels to Rio de Janeiro to watch a match between Brazil and Germany in which the Cariocas are defeated. Just one year later, in the 2014 World Cup, the two teams met in the semi-finals in the same stadium with a 7-1 result in favor of the Germans.

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Neymar's injury

Also, in that same episode, 'The Simpsons' witnessed the star of the Brazilian team fall injured and leave the field on a stretcher. Do you remember what happened to Neymar in that World Cup? The reality is that he was not injured against Germany but in the previous match against Colombia, where he suffered a fractured vertebra that prevented him from playing the rest of the tournament.

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FIFA corruption

But there were more premonitions that would end up coming true. In the same episode, the FIFA president was arrested on corruption charges, something very similar to what happened two years later, in 2015. Seven of the organisation's leaders were arrested on the same charges, which also led to the resignation of the president, Joseph Blatter.

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The real 200 banknote

The 'football' episode was completed with one more premonition. 'The Simpsons' predicted that Brazil would put a 200 reais note into circulation. And so it happened. The Brazilian Central Bank would do so in 2020 in the face of the significant demand for cash due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Donald Trump, president

In the episode 'Bart to the Future', first aired in 2000, Lisa becomes the first female president of the United States, replacing Donald Trump. So far, Americans have not had a female leader, but they have had Trump, who was in office from 2017 to 2020.

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First female leader of the United States?

The first female president of the United States has not yet arrived, but many are hoping that the 'Bart to the Future' storyline will come true. Perhaps that president will be Kamala Harris, who's been wearing outfits very similar to the one Lisa wore in that very episode.

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Mutant fish

The environment has been a recurring theme throughout the history of 'The Simpsons.' In 1990 the episode 'Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes in Every Fish' featured fish in the local river that were mutated by the effects of the Springfield nuclear power plant where Homer works.

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Three-eyed tararia

Several years later, in 2011, the website Infobae reported the news of a group of fishermen who claimed that they had found a three-eyed tarariid fish (hoplias) in a lake in Córdoba (Argentina). They looked very similar to the one we have seen in 'The Simpsons.' Curiously, the place where they found it was also very close to a nuclear power station.

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The magazine and the twin towers

In the episode 'New York City vs. Homer Simpson,' which aired in 1997, the Simpson family travels to the Big Apple. The World Trade Center is of great importance, as it is the place where their car is clamped, and Homer has to go from one twin tower to another in order to relieve himself. In the middle of all this, we can see the cover of a magazine in which the two towers can be seen forming the number 11 and whose price was 9 dollars. Years later, on 11 September 2001, that place was destroyed by a terrorist attack...

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Fox and Disney

In 1998, the episode 'When You Criticise a Star' featured a sign saying that Fox was owned by the Disney group as a subsidiary. At the time that deal seemed impossible. Nevertheless, 21 years later, in 2019, Disney bought Fox in what many called "one of the biggest deals in Hollywood history."

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New technology

'The Simpsons' also predicted major advances in the world of technology. An example is the episode 'Lisa on Ice' in 1994. At that time, mobile phones were still the size of a brick. However, 'The Simpsons' showed a small, touch-screen device... with spellcheck!

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An apple as its brand

As if that weren't enough, if we look closely at the super-tech phone in the scene, we can see that it has a brand logo... an apple! Not only was it a long time before the rise of smartphones in general, but the first iPhone in particular would not be launched on the market until 13 years later.

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Videoconference

Videoconferencing has become very popular due to teleworking and the confinement of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in 'Lisa's wedding' - episode 19 of season 6 in 1995 - the little girl can be seen talking to Marge via this tool. Once again, they anticipated something that today is commonplace and widely used by everyone, but which at the time seemed so futuristic.

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Smart watch

It's not just smartphones. 'The Simpsons' also predicted that we would be wearing smartwatches. In the future world of that 1995 episode, Lisa's fiancé talked on the phone and read messages through his watch. Quite a coincidence, isn't it?

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Lady Gaga's big show

And we couldn't finish this review of 'The Simpsons' predictions without remembering the episode 'Lisa is Gaga', which was first aired in 2012. That episode featured Lady Gaga putting on a great show in Springfield. The funny thing about all this is that in 2017 the music diva performed at the Superbowl, flying on steel cables, just as she did in the series.

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