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By Maya Hariz
You’d think that the writers of ‘The Simpsons’ own a time traveling machine because of their freakishly accurate predictions.
‘The Simpsons’ has been running for almost 30 years, the longest-running American sitcom series is widely recognized for its humor of everything from politics to pop culture, such as – the Trump presidency, the Ebola outbreak, The God particle, Greece’s Debt Default, and even the Siegfried and Roy’s Tiger attack.
Because of the show’s continuous track record in predicting monumental events, multiple conspiracy theories has been created about ‘The Simpsons’ writers.
A quote from Al Jean in the New York Times, one of the show’s original writers and showrunner since 1998, said “The future can be forecast better than one might think”. The episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ go on the air one year after they are produced he added, “it’s just a sort of frame of mind that we’ve got that we think one year head.”
One of the most famous predictions ‘The Simpsons’ is Trump’s presidency, during the episode “Bart To The Future,” aired in 2000. Not only did ‘The Simpsons’ predict that Trump would run for president but from looks of the building in the episode it looks pretty similar to the one Donald Trump was in when he went down the elevator in real life in 2016 it was the Trump Tower. In addition, the episode shows a girl dropping a poster, which in fact happened in real life exactly the same.
‘The Simpsons’ family predicted the March 14th Ebola outbreak, that has now gone down as the largest break of Ebola in the history of West Africa. In the 1997 episode ‘The Simpsons’ Marge, the mother, and wife of the Simpsons family, holds up a for the audience hinting at the outbreak entitled “Curious George and the Ebola virus” also this same time Bart, her son, frantically points to a picture representing him in bed dying from Ebola.
‘The Simpsons’ predicted the Mass of Higgs Boson. It’s the key that answers, why objects in the universe have mass in the first place. The episode “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace” released in 1998, Homer Simpson is an inventor and is faced towards a blackboard where it is written a complicated equation. A scientist took the time to investigate the equation Homer Simpson and found out that he was writing a similar to the mass particle that hadn’t been discovered until 14 years later.
Greece’s tanked economy was also predicted by ‘The Simpsons’ in an episode in 2013 called “Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson.” There is a scene where Homer Simpson is on a news show and during the scene, a ticker goes across the bottom of the screen says “Europe puts Greece on eBay.” During that time there was no indication of Greece’s economic crisis, and three years after Greece became the first developed country to default to the International Monetary Fund, which plunged the country deeper into economic crisis.
An episode in 1993 called “Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling,” in the episode gambling is legalized in their town Springfield and opens casinos where the German magicians Gunter and Ernst are performing a routine, seeming to imitate the Las Vegas Siegfried and Roy show. A bit into the show which the duo is attacked by their white tiger came true 10 years after the release of the episode, where Roy was mauled on stage by a white Bengali tiger left him partially paralyzed and ended their show production.