11 Times Cartoon Shows Predicted World Events Before They Happened
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11 Times Cartoon Shows Predicted World Events Before They Happened

Oyekunle Idowu

It is easier to read into the past than predict the future. Yet, the following predictions announced events that actually occurred after. Let's kick off with the most famous predictions.

1. The Donald Trump presidency

In ‘The Simpsons’ Season 11, Episode 17, titled "Bart to the Future", Lisa became president of the United States. In a cabinet meeting, she offhandedly mentioned, "We inherited quite the budget crunch from President Trump." It initially was a reference to Trump attempting a run as a Reform Party candidate. But the words gained much more validity when Trump was elected president in 2016.

2. Horsemeat scandal

In ‘The Simpsons’, Season 5, Episode 19, Lunchlady Doris used "assorted horse parts" to make lunch for students at Springfield Elementary.

Nine years later, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found horse DNA in over one-third of beefburger samples from supermarkets and ready meals.

3. The Higgs-Boson Equation

In ‘The Simpsons’, Season 10, Episode 2, titled "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace," Homer became an aspirational inventor. He was shown in front of a blackboard, writing out a mathematical equation. More than a decade later, in 2012 to be precise, physicists discovered the Higgs-Boson particle, also called the "God particle." Apparently, the equation represents the mass of particles similar to Homer's work.

4. FIFA's corruption scandal and World Cup results (Season 25, Episode 16: "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee")

The Simpsons' take on the World Cup involves Homer being brought into the world of refereeing, mainly due to the FIFA organization having a shortage from massive corruption. Though he gets the temptation, he decides to call the big game fairly, leading to Germany winning the World Cup. The show enjoyed a one-two punch (or kick) of precognition. First, Germany did end up winning the title that same year. But what followed in 2015 was not as joyous, as FIFA employees underwent a slew of arrests following accusations of bribery, fraud and money laundering.

5. Robotic librarians — Season 6, Episode 19

Robotics students from the University of Aberystwyth built a prototype for a walking library robot, meanwhile scientists in Singapore have begun testing their own robotic librarians.

More than 20 years ago, in "Lisa's Wedding," we discovered that librarians had been replaced with robots in the "Simpsons" universe.

6. The Fall Of The World Trade Center

A 2001 episode of ‘Johnny Bravo’ eerily managed to predict the 9/11 events in a poster shown in the background. Four years before, in an episode of ‘The Simpsons’, Lisa was shown holding a magazine with a huge number 9 next to the Twin Towers.

7. The Death Of Osama Bin Laden

On October 13, 2010, South Park aired an episode that showed Osama Bin Laden being shot by special forces. Eight months later, it came to fruition.

8. The Ebola Virus

In an episode primarily set in 1990, Marge attempted to cheer up a forlorn Bart with a reading of a fictional book, entitled "Curious George and the Ebola Virus." Although the disease had existed way before the episode, Ebola as a virus had its largest outbreak on record in 2014 and 2015.

9. Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash

The death of the superstar basketball player, who passed away at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash, was hauntingly predicted four years ago in an episode of a cartoon, titled "Legends of Chamberlain Heights."

In the episode, which has now been removed from the Comedy Central website, features the basketball legend crashing in a helicopter.

10. Coronavirus Predicted

In 1993 ‘The Simpsons’ episode, ‘Marge In Chains,’ Springfield was hit with something called the “Osaka Flu,” which caused many townspeople, including most of the Simpsons family to fall ill. Technically, the coronavirus originated from China and Osaka is in Japan, but that’s just nitpicking, especially in the context of Simpson's conspiracy theories here.

11. Miss Universe Mix Up

Back in 2015, a hilarious and cringe-worthy mix up happened during the Miss Universe contest when the wrong winner was announced. The same situation happened in one of Futurama’s 1999 episodes.

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