“The Simpsons” is an American animated sitcom that has made it’s way into american pop culture. The show is on season 27 following the Simpson family in their middle-class, American life. “The Simpsons” comedy relies heavily on jokes that parody and satirize American culture, society, television, pop culture, and the human condition. One of the stranger aspects of the show is that it seems to have a hobby of predicting the future – even inspiring conspiracy theories.
2012 Voting Machine Scandal
In Season 20, Episode 4, “Treehouse of Horror XIX,” which aired in 2008, Homer’s voting machine changed his vote from Barack Obama to John McCain in a presidential election. In the 2012 Presidential election, there was a scandal in which the electronic voting machines would change the votes from Barack Obama to Mitt Romney.
In Season 6, Episode 19, “Lisa’s Wedding,” which aired in 1995, Lisa’s “future” fiance verbally communicates through his wrist watch. Eight years later this would become a reality when smart watches are available to the general public.
Horse Meat Scandal
In Season 5, Episode 19, “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song” The secret ingredient in the food at the elementary school turns out to be “assorted horse parts.” In 2013, The horsemeat scandal revealed that several fast food establishments food contained traces of varied horse meats.
In Season 11, Episode 7, “Eight Misbehavin’,” which aired in 1999, Liquor store owner Apu and his wife Manjula have a set of octuplets (eight babies) after over-experimenting with fertility drugs. In 2009, Nadya Suleman, later dubbed octomom, gave birth to a full set of octuplets after using IVF Treatment.
Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack
In Season 5, Episode 10, “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),” which aired in 1993, A tiger attacked Gunter and Ernst during their magic show. 10-years-later, Famous Magicians, Siegfried and Roy – who are known for their magic shows that incorporate tigers in their act comes to an end. Roy was viciously mauled by one of their trained white tigers during the show.
In Season 9, Episode 1, “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson,” which aired in 1997, Homer becomes angry at the city of New York, over several parking tickets and becomes angry with the city, as a whole. Many shots of the World Trade Center and lines like, “They stick all the jerks in Tower One,” caused this episode to be removed from air time after the 2001, September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Also, a magazine in the episode shows a “9” with the twin towers, which later became an iconic symbolism for 9/11.
*BONUS* Alan Rickman and David Bowie
In Season 24, Episode 12, “Love is a Many-Splintered Thing,” which aired in 2013, There is a scene that pays tribute to Alan Rickman’s films “Love Actually” and “Harry Potter,” while Bowie’s song “All the Young Dudes” plays in the background. This scene, at the time, seemed to just be a mash up of very British culture, but, earlier this month after, both, David Bowie and Alan Rickman passed away just days apart, this scene seems to have more meaning.