The Simpsons holds a special place in many of our hearts, especially since many of us have grown up alongside this hilarious cartoon and learned to love it. This American cartoon first aired in 1989 and has since become one of the most well known TV shows of all time. With over 28 seasons and countless awards, The Simpsons remains one of the most clever, funny and adored television series in the world. Although many different types of cartoons have tried to mimic The Simpsons’ simple-minded comedy, it has proved hard to do so.
The Simpsons may seem like your everyday cartoon, but somehow it is much more than that. This show has the ability to accurately predict the future and has even been at the heart of many wild conspiracy theories. With episodes that can jump decades into the future, it is a wonder that The Simpsons has been able to come up with material that winds up hitting a little too close to home. It is almost enough to make you wonder if The Simpsons writers have a time machine in their basement that they use to predict the future, or if they have connections within the U.S. government and receive top secret intel.
Whatever the case may be, it is no surprise that this popular cartoon has caused many people to begin doubting whether or not this show has any ties with outside forces, and if it has been subliminally infiltrating the minds of its viewers for decades.
15. The 9/11 Conspiracy
In an episode of The Simpsons called “The City Of New York vs. Homer Simpson,” there was an unsettling coincidence to the horrific events that occurred on what we have come to call 9/11. In this 1997 episode, Lisa is seen holding up a paper that clearly shows New York City’s skyline, with the number 9 in front of the WTC towers. Although this act has been ruled off by many people as a terrorist attack, many have fought with their suspicions on whether or not the American government was involved.
There are many conspiracy theories that surround the dreadful day that is September 11, 2001. On that date over 2,996 Americans were killed and the 6,000 left injured were scarred for life due to a terrorist attack. New York City was left in shambles with at least $10 billion in property damage, when four passenger airliners were hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists.
14. The FootBall Scandal
In 2014, The Simpsons aired an episode called “You Don’t Have To Live Like A Referee.” In this episode The Simpsons did what they do best: predict the future. When Homer is visited by the vice president of the World Football Federation, he is thrilled and surprised to be offered a job as a referee in the upcoming World Cup. Before Homer can accept, the VP gets arrested on the grounds of corruption and carried off by American officers.
Not even a year later, FIFA faced a huge hit, when claims of widespread corruption took down 14 former FIFA officials and associates. As predicted, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini were also arrested and banned from football-related activities. Later that year, another 16 officials were charged with corruption and two FIFA vice-presidents faced arrests.
13. Horse Meat Scandal
People gorge meat every single day, but the second a horse, dog or cat is brought to the cutting board they immediately cry out for animal rights. Now, if this doesn’t seem weird to you, then go on and enjoy your McDonald’s hamburger as if nothing has ever happened.
In 1994, The Simpsons came out with the episode “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song.” In this episode, we catch a glimpse of lunch lady Doris pulling out meat from an “assorted horse parts” container and feeding it to the children. 19 years later, The Simpsons‘ prediction came true when it was reported that some beef in Europe had been mixed with horse meat and sold in schools and markets. So next time you eat meat, just know that you are in the midst of a product-labeling conspiracy.
12. The Death Of Harambe
Was the death of Harambe really as necessary as people say it was? Or is it all an elaborate lie to make us forget about the heart-wrenching situation? Whatever the case may be, Harambe is gone and that is all that matters. In May of this year, a gorilla named Harambe was shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo due to an unfortunate event. A young child fell into the gorillas cage and was taken under his wing; unfortunately, many people believed Harambe’s actions were violent, and the 18-year-old gorilla was shot dead to save the boy.
In 2006, The Simpsons aired an episode called “Bart Has Two Mommies” which bears resemblances to the real-life horror that occurred at the Cincinnati Zoo. In this episode, Bart is taken hostage by a chimp, however, in this case Bart is rescued by Flanders and the primate is not killed.
11. Trump For President
If you’ve been following the current election, then you know that the United States of America has been getting a bad reputation ever since Donald Trump stepped foot on political grounds. The American people are at a loss, and have to pick between two undesirable candidates for the 2016 election. Now, as most of us know The Simpsons have predicted the future many times before and come up victorious. In 2000, The Simpsons aired an episode called “Bart to the Future” which has recently begun to get some attention because of the unsetting prediction that Trump would in fact, become the president of America.
In this episode, Lisa has become the president of the United States and is desperately trying to get the economy back on track after former President Trump brought it crashing to the ground. If The Simpsons are right, then Secretary Clinton stands no chance, and the world is at risk.
10. The Invention Of The Smartwatch
The Simpsons has the ability to accurately predict the future, and although many people will refuse to believe this, the facts are all there. From current events to new technologies, The Simpsons has time and time again been in the middle of strange conspiracy theories and predictions. In an episode called “Lisa’s Wedding,” which aired in 1995, we are taken to year 2010 and introduced to what The Simpsons thought the future would look like.
In this episode, we get to meet Lisa’s fiancé Hugh, who is a stuck up and tech-savy individual with a great dislike for Lisa’s family. At one point, we see Hugh talking into his watch, which bears a significant resemblance to our current days smart watch. Many people have found this to be weird, especially since The Simpsons had no way of knowing what the future would be like, or did they?
9. Greece Economy Crisis
In 2012, The Simpsons also predicted another world-wide event before it happened in real-life. During an episode called “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson,” Homer was shown looking puzzled on the news as his two fellow anchors swooned over each other. At the bottom of the screen, seemingly forgotten and unimportant, was the phrase, “Europe puts Greece on eBay.” Now, this statement would never have received much thought if it weren’t for the fact that three years later, Greece would declare itself bankrupt and many of its banks would be shut down as a result.
In June 2015, the world was told about Greece’s inability to make its IMF loan repayment, after it was refused for its third bailout loan. Now, it can be argued that The Simpsons might have received wind of Greece’s spiralling recession ahead of time, especially since it first started in 2010, but either way it does ring a little strange.
8. Tiger Attack Prediction
In 1993, The Simpsons came out with an episode called “$pringfield.” In this episode, we are introduced to a quirky duo called Gunter and Ernst as they perform a magic show at Mr. Burns’ casino. Throughout the show, the German duo is accompanied by their trademark white tigers as they perform a variety of tricks. Things take a turn for the worst when a white tiger viciously attacks the duo mid-show.
If you don’t already know, The Simpsons based Gunter and Ernst off of two real-life performers named Siegfried and Roy. These men, were once famous for their live-tiger shows in Las Vegas until a similar accident occurred. Now, what are the odds that a cartoon would have predicted the fate of these two performers 10 years before the incident? Well, apparently the odds were grand because sure enough, 10 years later, Roy was attacked by his white tiger in the middle of a Las Vegas show.
7. The Farm Ville Prediction
In 1998, The Simpsons aired an episode called “Bart Carny.” In this episode, Homer takes his family to the local carnival where they end up causing more trouble than good. After desperately trying to get Bart and Lisa to do some yard work, Marge becomes annoyed at her children’s laziness. Instead of punishing them, Homer comes home and announces that a carnival is passing through Springfield and immediately takes the family to it.
Funny enough, once the Simpsons arrive at the carnival, Bart and Lisa see their classmates playing a game called “Yard Work Simulator” and immediately want to try it out themselves. However, Marge tells them that if they wanted to do ward work they should have done it at home and drags them away from the game. In 2010, a similar game called FarmVille came out in the real world and took it by storm. People became obsessed with the game that bore extreme similarities to The Simpsons‘ “Yard Work Simulator.”
6. Ebola Prediction
In 1997, an episode of The Simpsons predicted the outbreak of the Ebola virus. During an episode called “Lisa’s Sax,” Marge is seen trying to nurse Bart back from an awful illness. While he is under the weather, Marge tries to pursue him to read a book called “Curious George and the Ebola Virus.” Afterwards, Marge suggests that Bart draw a picture to pass by time, and he replies, “I already did.” Marge then looks to the window to see a picture of the sun crying on top of a pile of dead bodies.
The Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola river in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is a rare and deadly disease that has been suspected to stem from nonhuman primates. Ironically, The Simpsons chose to use Curious George as an example. The Ebola virus then resurfaced in 2014, and caused a reported 11,315 deaths across the globe.
5. Mutant Tomato Prediction
In an episode called “E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt),” Homer becomes obsessed with a Zorro movie and begins challenging people to duels by slapping them with a glove. That is until, one day he slaps the wrong man and gets himself into a duel he cannot win. Homer and his family flee to his family’s old farm house and seek refuge. Homer becomes a farmer and eventually creates something called a Tomacco: a hybrid between tomatoes, tobacco and plutonium. This highly addictive strain lands Homer a $150 million deal with a tobacco company.
In this episode, The Simpsons predict that radiation will eventually cause tomatoes to go awry. In 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan exploded and caused a strain of side effects. Flowers, vegetables and fruits took a direct hit and sprouted many mutations .One specific picture of a mutated tomato caused many people to speculate over The Simpsons 1999 prediction.
4. Syrian War Prediction
The Simpsons have been known to drop subtile hints on their TV show, but these hints can usually be debated by coincidence. However, when it come to The Simpsons predicting the Syrian war back in 2001, it becomes a little impossible to sweep this premonition under the rug.
In 2001, an episode called “New Kids On the Blecch,” clearly showed a group of Arab men with guns standing near a truck displaying the Syrian flag. Now, this causes issues because back in 2001, the Syrian opposition had yet to be invented or even make headlines – resulting in many people believing that the horrors and genocide happening in Syria, were in fact premeditated. An Egyptian television station has made claims that the makers of The Simpsons had previous knowledge on the governments desire to overthrow the Arab government, and that it aided in a global conspiracy.
3. Homer Died A Long Time Ago
There is one particular theory that will surely make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. What if The Simpsons actually took place in Homer’s mind and not in real cartoon life? Now, hear me out. In a 1992 episode called “Homer the Heretic,” Homer is seen having a conversation with God. In this episode, Homer tells God that he is so curious about what happens after death, that he can no longer wait. God responds, “You can’t wait six months?”
Six months later, in a 1993 episode called “So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show,” Homer ends up in a hospital bed, after being crushed by a vending machine. Now this is where things get weird, as many fans believe that Homer never wakes up from his coma, and the rest of the show’s episodes go on in his head. This would explain why the characters never age, and how Bart, Lisa and Maggie are always the same age.
2. The Wrecking Ball Prediction
In 2007, The Simpsons Movie was unleashed. It may have seemed like a harmless cartoon at the time, but years later the movie has been known to have made some interesting predictions. Is it a coincidence or a conspiracy? Well, I don’t know about you, but a coincidence sounds like an excuse to me.
In 2013, Miley Cyrus came out with her song “Wrecking Ball,” which instantly became a hit. However, many people were left with an unsettling feeling after viewing the song’s music video. These people wandered the streets aimlessly with a wicked sense of déjà vu, after hours or even days of tiresome contemplation they realized that Homer Simpson had already accomplished what Cyrus was desperately trying to convey. Although these people might have been angered by the idea of Homer being ripped off by the celebrity, they quickly forgot about it as they watched Cyrus swing back and forth like a hypnotist’s pocket watch.
1. NSA Scandal
Once again, The Simpsons knew exactly what was happening before we did. Thankfully they chose to inform us on the NSA before we said anything too incriminating. The Simpsons Movie came out in 2007 and about 6 years later, the public was surprised to find out that there was a lot more truth to the cartoon than most of us initially believed.
There is a particular scene where Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart are on a train quietly speaking about their fugitive status. Lisa, the brainiac, quickly tells them to stop talking about the subject, because she fears that the government is spying on them. Marge laughs it off as paranoia and reassures her that no one is listening, but turns out to be horribly wrong.
In 2013, a former CIA employee named Edward Snowden informed the press on how the NSA can record and listen in to nearly every single conversation or email that they desire. Proving that The Simpsons had it right the entire time.