15 Times “The Simpsons” Accurately Predicted the Future


Ever since first airing in 1989, “The Simpsons” has accurately (and somewhat bizarrely) predicted the future on more than one occasion.

From the unfortunate mauling of Roy Horn in 2003, to that creepy three-eyed fish in 2011, to Donald Trump‘s presidency in 2016, the writers of this long-running animated comedy seem to have found some kind of crazily-accurate window into the future.

While cool and sometimes funny, these predications kind of give me the heebie-jeebies — and make me nervous for whatever else they could’ve predicted.

15 Times “The Simpsons” Bizarrely Predicted The Future:

1. Voting Machine

In 2008, Homer’s voting machine changed his vote.

And in 2012, a voting machine in Pennsylvania was found turning votes for President Obama into votes for Mitt Romney.

2. Mutant Tomatoes

In 1999, the Simpsons stumbled across some tomatoes who had been cross-bred with tobacco.

And in 2013, some strange fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes, turned up in villages surrounding Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.


3. Three-Eyed Fish

In 1990, Bart caught a three-eyed fish while fishing in a river by a power plant.

And in 2011, a three-eyed fish was found in Argentinian reservoir. And, just to add to the weirdness, the reservoir it was found in was fed by water from a nuclear power plant.


4. Robotic Librarians

In 1995, Lisa’s librarian was a robot.

And in 2016, students from the University of Aberystwyth built a prototype for a walking library robot.

Aberystwyth University

5. Horse Meat

In 1994, Lunchlady Doris used horse meat to make lunches at Springfield Elementary.

And in 2013, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland found horse DNA in over one third of the “beef” burger samples from supermarkets, frozen dinners and fast food chains.

6. Siegfried & Roy’s Tiger Attack

In 1993, entertainers Gunter and Ernest were mauled by a trained white tiger while giving a performance at a casino.

And in 2003, Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, was attacked by one of their trained white tigers, Montecore, while performing at MGM Mirage Hotel-Casino.

7. Letter from The Beatles

In 1991, “The Simpsons” version of Ringo Starr answered fan mail that had been written decades prior.

“They took the time to write me, and I don’t care if it takes me another 20 years. I’m going to answer every one of them.”

And in 2013, two Beatles fans received a a reply from Paul McCartney to a letter they mailed 50 years prior.


8. Hamburger Earmuffs

In 1998, Professor Fink made a pair of hamburger earmuffs.

And in 2010, a pair of hamburger earmuffs hit the market.


9. Farmville

In 1998, the kids of Springfield were addicted to a game called Yard Work Simulator.


And in 2009, a game called Farmville was released.

10. Michelangelo’s David

In 1990, the residents of Springfield protesting against Michelangelo’s statue of David being exhibited in the local museum. They said he was obscene because of his lack of modesty.

And in 2016, the people of Russia voted on whether or not to clothe a copy of the statue that was being displayed in central St Petersburg.


11. iPod

In 1996, an intercom looked exactly like the future first-generation iPod.


And in 2001, well…


12. Wrecking Ball

In 1994, Homer swung around on a wrecking ball.

And in 2013, Miley Cyrus did the same thing.

13. The Shard

In 1995, during Lisa’s trip to London, we see a structure behind the Tower Bridge that looks strikingly similar to The Shard, which wasn’t built until 2009.

It’s even in the right location.

Crazy, huh?

14. Ebola Outbreak

In 1997, Marge suggests Bart read a book entitled “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” At the time, Ebola wasn’t widely spread or often talked about.

And then, in 2014, it was at the top of everyone’s minds and news agenda.

15. President Trump

In 2000, “The Simpsons” predicted Donald Trump’s run for presidency.


And in 2016… Well, you know the rest.