by Allison Ostapowicz
First airing on Dec. 17, 1989 “The Simpsons” is still running strong on their twenty-ninth season. Most people are familiar with the iconic yellow animated family and their day-to-day life. With a show running for so many years, some coincidences are bound to happen. But with the amount of exact, specific scenarios that were predicted in some episodes, “The Simpsons” have sparked up some conversation.
These predictions go all the way back to 1993 with the Siegfried and Roy tiger attack. Siegfried and Roy were German- American duo of magicians and entertainers who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers. Being famous for their well-behaved animals, “The Simpsons” predicted that the tiger was going to turn and attack. In 2003, it actually happened and the media erupted.
“The Simpsons has been on air for almost 30 years, and the show has always had a lot of pop culture references in it. “Predictions” are bound to happen just by chance. I think the conspiracy is a stretch,” senior Mya Bell said.
In 1994, “The Simpsons” predicted auto-correct, and in 2007 auto-correct became a necessity on every phone.
One episode aired in 1995, Marge Simpson is seen calling through a screen as a way of communication.
Today, this is what we call FaceTime, but FaceTime wasn’t released to the public until 2010, meaning the episode foreshadowed it 15 years before. Also in 1995, one episode showed a smartwatch being used by kids in a movie theatre, though smartwatches were not public until 2014.
Another episode in 1995 predicted robot librarians, and in 2016 one was invented at Aberystwyth University.
A very well-known Simpsons prediction was in an episode that aired in 1997 about an Ebola outbreak, this was shown on a cover of a children’s book in the episode. In 2014 an Ebola outbreak occurred.
In 1997, Lisa Simpsons mentioned she wanted to go to New York and holds up a magazine that shows $9, to the left of a cartoon image of the twin towers, looking like the numbers 9, 1, 1.
In an episode in 1993, there is a painting on a wall that appears to be an image of the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001.
An episode aired in 1998 where Homer Simpsons did in fact predict the mass of the Higgs Boson particle, also known as the “God Particle,” while writing on a chalkboard 14 years before it was discovered in 2012.
In that same year, an episode announced that Disney took over Fox, but this takeover didn’t come into works until 2017.
One of the most known predictions of “The Simpsons” is predicting Trump’s presidency.
In an episode supposedly airing in 2000, they showed Trump becoming president. In 2016 it happened. A side-by-side image of the episode and real life of Trump waving his hand while going down an escalator sparked the interest of social media. A quick factcheck at snopes.com reveals the truth of the situation, but believers were convinced.
“The first time I ever saw the predictions was a poster of 9/11, I’ve believed it ever since. There’s too many times it happened for it to be fake,” junior Izza Imran said.
Matt Groening also created a show entitled “Futurama” in 1999, which is a show that is set 1,000 years into the future.
Although these predictions could simply just be a coincidence, some people believe that the creator of “The Simpsons,” Matt Groening is a time traveler, and “Futurama” is the documentary.