The famous American animated sitcom, The Simpsons, has always been in the limelight for predicting the future. Running since 1989, the show has predicted various events well ahead in time; as suggested by one of you, let’s take a look at some of the most famous predictions made by The Simpsons in this week’s Trivia Thursday.
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In this week’s Trivia Thursday, let us have a look at the events predicted by The Simpsons animated sitcom.
Smart Watches (S06 E19)
“The Simpsons” had smart watches almost 20 years before the first actual smartwatch. In a 1995 episode in which the show is set in the future, Lisa’s husband is shown speaking to a phone on his wrist. The first smartwatch wasn’t created until 2013.
Discovery Of Higgs Boson Equation (S08 E01)
In a 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer writes out an equation on a chalkboard. If solved, “you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” says Simon Singh, a Science Author. The mass was first predicted in 1964 by Professor Peter Higgs and five other physicists, but it wasn’t proven until 2013.
2016 Nobel Prize Winner (S22 E01)
In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and, in 2016 Holmstrom and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize.
Ebola Epidemic (S09 E03)
The Simpsons predicted the Ebola epidemic 14 years before it happened. In the episode, Marge tells a sick Bart to read a book, titled ‘Curious George and the Ebola Virus’. The Western African Ebola virus epidemic was one of the worst epidemics in the history of Africa and led to the death of thousands.
Disney Owning Fox (S10 E05)
Back in 1998, a quick scene in “The Simpsons” showed 20th Century Fox as “a Division of Walt Disney Co.” And in March 2019, Disney completed its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets.
Donald Trump Presidency (S11 E17)
In an episode from 2000 titled “Bart to the Future” that flashes forward to the future, Lisa becomes “the first straight female” president and takes over after Donald Trump, who ruined the economy.