The Simpsons are known as the show that predicts the future. They knew Donald Trump will become president and … Turns out, they also foresaw the rise of Greta Thunberg. 10 years ago. In the seventeenth episode of the twentieth season, “The Good, the Sad and the Drugly,” Lisa was assigned to write a report on what Springfield will look like in the year 2059. When she discovered online reports about soap being used for drinks instead of water, a world war over a tiny drop of oil, a parking lot yet to be filled forever, and the last polar bear committing suicide, she was filled with anxiety and depression and terrified her classmates with her dark visions of the oceans rising from global warming, turning humanity and the lowlands into a desert and darkness falling upon Nineveh. Sounds familiar?
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After Thunberg’s speech at the UN, people started comparing its tone to Lisa’s presentation, and you can’t really blame them for that. Some even took it further, saying that Greta is Lisa’s real-life version. And it’s not that far-fetched, too. Think about it, Lisa is a thoughtful, intelligent, outspoken young girl who doesn’t shy away from important topics no matter how many adults try to silence her. She’s the most prominent activist on the entire show. Kinda the same way that Greta is currently our’s.
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Watch Lisa’s presentation below
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Here’s what people had to say about it
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The fans of Greta Thunberg and The Simpsons also created this image to fit the famous death stare Greta recently gave president Trump
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Here are some other things the Simpsons predicted:
Donald Trump’s Presidency
In 2000, 16 years before the actual announcement, The Simpsons had already predicted that Donald Trump will run for president and they even managed to predict that he will win. We still have time to see if Lisa’s words hold true once Trump’s presidency is over.
Faulty Voting Machine
This one surprised many as The Simpsons managed to almost identically predict the future. Back in 2008, Homer was illustrated voting for Obama during the election but the vote automatically changing for Mitt Romney. 4 years later, the exact same thing happened in Pennsylvania where a faulty machine had to be removed because of changing people’s votes for Mitt Romney.
The Prediction Of Higgs Boson Or “God Particle”
Back in 2012, physicists confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson also known as the “God particle”. This scientific breakthrough helped explain how everything in the universe has mass. The discovery itself is amazing but what is even better is the fact that 14 years before this happened, Homer was illustrated in front of a blackboard with an equation that actually predicted the mass of the yet-to-be-discovered particle which basically means Homer was the first scientist to share any info on Higgs Boson.
The iconic three-eyed fish was a symbol throughout The Simpsons of the massive pollution the town was facing and how badly it affects nature. Funnily (or sadly) enough, a similar fish was found in Argentina near a nuclear power plant.
Disney Buying 20th Century Fox
Back in 1998, the creators of The Simpsons showed Homer creating the script. This script was produced by 20th Century Fox but in the episode, you can notice that there’s a sign in front of the studio’s headquarters that says “a division of Walt Disney Co.” In fact, Disney did actually purchase 20th Century Fox for $52.4 billion 19 years later.
Nobel Prize Winner
In one of their episodes, The Simpsons showed Milhouse betting on MIT professor Bengt Holmström to win the Nobel Prize. Surprisingly, he did win after 6 years.
White Tiger Attack
Back in 1993, The Simpsons mocked Siegfried & Roy by showing them getting mauled by their white tiger. The same thing happened in real life 10 years later.
Got Season 8 Plot Twist
Many were surprised that the unimaginable Game of Thrones Season 8 plot twist was actually already predicted by The Simpsons. I guess we should thank The Simpsons for the spoiler or you can thank us if you still didn’t watch the last season and came to read this list.
Back in 1995, The Simpsons showed one of their characters wearing a watch that you can also use as a phone. It took 20 years for the actual Apple Watch to be released.