The Simpsons have been on the air for over 29 years! Over the last 600 episodes, Matt Groening has shocked the world by not only staying on top of cultural references but eerily predicting future events. Some may call it a coincidence, but we think these are some pretty unbelievable predictions.
Came true: 2010
When Lisa’s Wedding first premiered, watching Lisa have a face-to-face online chat with her mother to announce her engagement seemed outrageous. But, 15 years later, Apple announced the ‘newly’ developed “FaceTime” which allowed people to chat face-to-face with anyone across the globe via technological devices. It wasn’t a completely new concept thanks to The Simpsons.
I Came in Like a Wrecking Ball!
Came true: 2013
The “Wrecking Ball” was used by Homer Simpson on a demolition vehicle in an attempt to save his family. But, he ended up failing as the wrecking ball swung back, destroying a cabin and pinning down Homer. This might look familiar because Miley Cyrus was seen swinging on a Wrecking Ball during her infamous music video in 2013. Who did it better?
The Beginning of Autocorrect
Came true: 2007
During an assembly at Springfield Elementary School, Kearney asks Dolph to type “Beat up Martin” on his “Newton” – the earliest iPhone. When the device comprehends the message, it changes the text to “Eat up Martha”. This foreshadows Apple users’ common annoyance – messaging errors – that relates to the iPhone’s autocorrect technology. Funny enough, Apple’s director of engineering mentioned that “Eat up Martha” is stated when the keyboard needs to be fixed.
“Average Joe” Astronaut
Came true: 2013
During an episode of The Simpsons, NASA became concerned with the decline in public interest in space exploration, so they held an “average joe” contest. Homer Simpson fit the description perfectly and joined the civilian space exploration program. Weirdly enough, just 20 years later, an ‘average joe’, Oliver Knight, embarked on an “out of this world space odyssey”.