Posted on July 27 2018
Homer Simpsons wrote the equation for what is now known as “The God Particle” 15 years before science made the discovery.
When we think of The Simpsons most people usually think of the quirky dysfunctional fictional family, that are a lot closer to us in their behaviour than most would like to admit. The idea of time travel, precognition or media planned events probably do not come to mind for the average person. However, it seems like The Simpsons have shared very specific stories and information on many occasions, which later turned out to be true.
- Trump As President
In 2000, in the episode called Bart to the Future, Lisa (as a presidential candidate) referenced the “current” president Mr Trump. They also shared images that looked remarkably similar to future events that would include trump as president.
- Disney Buying 21st Century Fox
In 2016 Disney paid $52.4 billion for 21st Century Fox, who prior to this deal actually owned The Simpsons. 20 years ago they made this prediction in 1998 a tweaked logo showed the 21st Century Fox logo with the words “A division of Walt Disney CO”
- NSA Spying
In a scene from The Simpsons 2007 movie- Marge, Lisa and Bart are trying to lay low while they rescue Springfield from destruction. Lisa tells her family to keep quiet, to which Marge says “It’s not as if the government are listening to everyones conversations”. The scene then goes to the NSA where they are listening to everyones conversations.
This would later become reality when Ed Snowden would blow the whistle on the NSA’s spying scandal in 2013, 6 years later.
- The Ebola Virus.
In a 1997 episode called ‘Lisa’s Sax’ Marge gives Bart a book to read called ‘Curious George and the Ebola Virus’. This was when the virus was pretty much unknown. 17 years later there would be an outbreak and it would be top of the news agenda.
- Yoko Ono’s Floating Plum
In the 1993 Simpsons episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” Yoko ordered “a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man’s hat.” Very specific:
In a 2016 exhibition put on by Ono, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, submitted a piece of his art which was: a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man’s hat.
- The Three Eyed Fish
In the 1990 episode named “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” Bart caught a three eyed fish named Blinky, who was a result of contaminated water from a nuclear power plant.
Quite worryingly in 2011, a real three-eyed fish was found in contaminated water from a nuclear power plant in Argentina.
8. Horse Meat
While still on the subject of Animal mistreatment, The Simpsons also predicted the horsemeat scandal. In a 1994 episode, you can see the Springfield Elementary school lunch lady adding “assorted horse parts’, with “more testicles”
9 years later in 2013 the horsemeat scandal broke out across Europe, with the authorities finding horse meat in over a third of beef burger samples from UK supermarkets.
- When Michelangelo’s David Was Forced To Cover Up
In “Itchy and Scratchy and Marge” a 1990 episode, Michelangelo’s David was forced into censorship, as locals protested about the statue’s nudity.
In 2001, this story came true in a Florida-based shop, which had a replica of the statue. A few outraged citizens thought of the statue as “indecent” and successfully campaigned to have the naked statue clothed.
The God Particle
Perhaps the most unlikely and amazing of all the predictions is that of the God Particle. In the 1998 episode “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace” Homer wrote a formula on a blackboard which correctly predicted the mass of the Higgs boson (The God Particle)