11 times The Simpsons accurately predicted the future
Sixteen years ago, an episode of “The Simpsons” predicted that Donald Trump would one day become US president. And this wasn't the only time the writers had managed to predict the future. Here are 11 times “The Simpsons” predicted the future.
11. Faulty voting machines — Season 20, Episode 4
In 2008, "The Simpsons" showed Homer trying to vote for Barack Obama in the US general election, but a faulty machine changed his vote.
Four years later, a voting machine in Pennsylvania had to be removed after it kept changing people's votes for Barack Obama to ones for his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
10. The invention of the tomacco plant — Season 11, Episode 5
In 1999, Homer uses nuclear energy to create a hybrid of tomato and tobacco plants: the "tomacco."
This inspired US "Simpsons" fan Rob Baur to create his own plant. In 2003, Baur grafted together a tobacco root and a tomato stem to make "tomacco." Writers for "The Simpsons" were so impressed that they invited Baur and his family to their offices and ate the tomacco fruit themselves.
9. Ebola outbreak — Season 9, Episode 3
Some people maintain that "The Simpsons" predicted the 2014 outbreak of Ebola 17 years before it happened. In a scene from the episode "Lisa's Sax," Marge suggests a sick Bart read a book titled "Curious George and the Ebola Virus." The virus wasn't particularly widespread in the 1990s, but years later it was the top of the news agenda.
Ebola was first discovered in 1976, and though this latest outbreak has been the worst yet, it killed 254 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1995 and 224 in Uganda in 2000.