You can't make this sh*t up: Simpsons writers predict a year stranger than fiction
Updated: Mar 23
While rumors that the hit cartoon “The Simpsons” predicts the future have been popular nearly since the show’s inception, proponents of the theory have once again bubbled up as the show “predicted” several recent events. From VP Harris’ inauguration day outfit to murder hornets, The Simpsons does have a strange knack for foretelling the future.
Skeptics claim that while "The Simpons" predictions can be uncanny, most can be explained by coincidences, precedent guesses and really intelligent writers. Others believe that the creator of the show, Matt Groening, must be sending us clues from the future.
Whether you believe "The Simpsons" writers are time travelers, geniuses, or just plain lucky, you have to admit these predictions are pretty impressive. Here’s some of the coincidences we found the most strange:
1. VP Harris’ nomination:
In the 2000 episode “Bart to the Future”, Lisa Simpson becomes the first female president of the United States. I know what you’re thinking, Kamala isn’t president -- and we’re bound to have a female president eventually (let’s hope). But the weird thing about this episode is Lisa wore the same outfit as Kamala on their respective inauguration days… like, the exact same outfit. Both sported a purple pantsuit and a pearl necklace with pearl earrings.
The weirdest part? Lisa was taking over for none other than President Trump.
2. Trump’s Presidency:
Not convinced The Simpsons writers are time travelers yet? Buckle up. In the same episode from 2000, The Simpsons predicted that Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Lisa, Trump’s predecessor, comments that she’s inherited “quite a budget crunch” from President Trump.
Simpsons’ creator, Matt Groening, commented in an interview with the Guardian: “We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 — but [Trump] was, of course, the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that’s still true. It’s beyond satire.”
3. COVID-19 and murder hornets
In a 1993 episode of The Simpsons, “Marge in Chains”, a Japanese factory worker inadvertently spreads a contagious flu virus across Springfield. While they’re rushing to find a cure, someone accidently knocks over a van containing “killer bees”. Not unlike the “murder hornets” who appeared during our very own pandemic!
4. Ted Cruz’s Cancun Trip:
The same 1993 episode also prophesied Senator Ted Cruz’s recent trip to Cancun during the Texas energy crisis. During the episode, Springfield Mayor Joe Quimby gives a press conference announcing there is a pandemic happening -- but it's later revealed he’s broadcasting from the waist up, and his bottom half is in swim trunks. He’s in the Bahamas.
Do you think "The Simpsons" writers are time travelers? Especially in a year that truly has been stranger than fiction, it's hard to believe that anyone could make this sh*t up.
Want to hear more of these strange Simpsons prophecies, and hear some potential explanations? Check out our latest podcast episode, dropping tomorrow, Thursday March 4!