As the longest-running TV sitcom, it comes as no surprise that "The Simpsons" got a thing or two right about the future. Yet, some of the things they predicted are totally eerie to say the least. Perhaps we should all pay closer attention to the hilarious family, since the show's vast grasps on the future are seriously uncanny.
EBOLA! Before the epidemic last year, not many people knew of the Ebola virus or really gave it much thought. Yet we were all introduced to it (briefly) when Marge tries to get a sick Bart to read none other than "Curious George and the Ebola Virus." Coincidence? We think not.
In this episode, Dolph tries to use this Apple product to write a threatening note to Martin. For one, this type of touch screen technology did not exist at the time. Additionally, the whole point of the gag was the terrible auto-correct feature that turned "Beat up Martin" into "Eat up Martha." This actually haunted engineers at the tech giant, who spent years to perfect both technologies. So we owe a big thank you to "The Simpsons."
Tomato? More like tomat-no. The episode features the family moving out to a farm. Marge soon discovers that their tomato plants have been mutated due to radiation. This exact event played out in Japan in 2011, when tomatoes (among other produce) were majorly deformed due to exposure to radiation.
Being the upstanding citizen that he is, Homer goes to vote in the presidential election and uses an electronic voting machine for the first time. Yet when he tries to vote for Obama, the machine malfunctions and selects McCain instead. Sounds eerily familiar to the voting scandal that happened in 2012.
A subtle but accurate prediction appeared as a poster hanging in a dorm promoting The Rolling Stones going on tour in 2010. While they didn't have a tour in 2010 per se (and shockingly still not in wheelchairs), they are still active in music today, with their Zip Code tour happening in 2015.
Given that the episode features a glimpse of life 15 years into the future, it's not surprising it predicted a few things right. Beside The Rolling Stones tour, there was Lisa's fiancé Hugh speaking into his smart watch. And look at the useless invention we have today. Yep, the Apple Watch. Yay!
Last one from this episode! Lisa uses the amazing inventions of the future to be able to video chat with her mom while away at college. While the machinery is a bit antiquated, the use of web cameras and face time is a very real and awesome thing.
Besides giving an awesome nod to Dr. Strangelove with the title, the episode featured the characters of Gunter and Ernst and their white tiger, with the tiger attacking them in the show. Ten years later, Roy Horn (from Siegfried and Roy) got mauled by his own tiger, which left him partially paralyzed. Dig your teeth into that one.
It was subtle, but it turned out to be a bigger prediction that anyone could guess. Take a close look at the intercom at the gate to this Burlesque house. Look familiar??!! Yeah, a lot like the iPod classic. Oh, and did we mention that the writer of this episode was Richard Appel? Pretty close to 'apple' if you ask us.
Being the brilliant entrepreneur that he is, Homer discovers he can get make easy money by stealing and reselling grease, so he makes Bart quit school to help him in his greasy endeavor. In real life, grease thieves do exist, as this article from 2011 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out. Oh, the inhumanity.
Homer's half brother Herb was a genius before his time. In the episode he created the super handy invention that translates the rambling and babbling of a baby into actual words. And what do we have nowadays? Yeah, there's an app for that.
We all know that cafeteria food leaves much to be desired, but at least we weren't eating horse meat burgers. Oh wait! Maybe we were?! (At least the kids at Springfield Elementary got the barrel with more testicles!)
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When it doesn't, steal a lemon tree. That's exactly what happened in this episode where those pesky Shelbyville kids stole the prized lemon tree from Springfield. Oddly enough, this happened in real life in 2013 in Houston.
This one is sad on many levels, but the episode depicts a game called Yard Work Simulator. While we don't exactly have this game (yet), we do for some reason have a huge amount of people addicted to playing Farmville...to the point that they spend real money on their virtual farm. Yeah, this is the society we live in.
Future Bart and Lisa are about to go to prom, so like the good mom she is, Marge takes a photo and then is instantly able to turn it into a cake. Granted, science hasn't been cool enough to invent magic yet (get on that please!), but we do have a pretty nifty invention called the 3-D printer that can print cakes. So yeah.
And this unfortunate prediction. D'oh!