Disney’s Fox Takeover and 6 More Simpsons Predictions Came True in 2017

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The longest-running American sitcom and animated program The Simpsons is a unique phenomenon. The 28-season show is also famous for its accurate predictions about the future. Nexter offers to recollect in memory most impressive future predictions realized in 2017.  

Disney’s Fox Takeover – Season 10, Episode 5

The Simpsons predicted 20th Century Fox would be owned by Disney in late 1998. After a trip to Springfield, director Ron Howard pitches a screenplay that Homer wrote to producer Brian Glazer of 20th Century Fox. At the beginning of the scene, a sign can be seen at the Fox studio lot that reveals the company is now “A Division of Walt DisneyCo.”

On December 14, 2017 Disney purchased 21st Century Fox for an estimated $52.4 billion.

Donald Trump’s Presidency – Season 11, Episode 17

When Bart travels to the future, we learn that Lisa not only becomes president, but inherits “quite a budget crunch” from the previous president, Donald Trump. “The country is broke?,” she asks her aides in one scene. “How can that be?”. At the time, the real Trump presidency was still 16 years away.

Smart watches – Season 6, Episode 19

“The Simpsons” introduced the idea of a watch you could use as a phone in an episode aired in 1995, nearly 20 years before the Apple Watch was released.

Ebola outbreak — Season 9, Episode 3

We see Marge offers to read a depressed Bart a book titled Curious George and the Ebola Virus. This moment became viral in 2014 during American Ebola outbreak when YouTube user created a laying out a theory revolving around The Simpsons‘ predictive tendencies.

Nobel Prize Winner – Season 22, Episode 1

MIT professor Bengt Holmström won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2016, 6 years after he was bet on to win the Nobel Prize on “The Simpsons.”

The God Particle – Season 10, Episode 2

The existence of the Higgs boson or “God particle” — a breakthrough that helps explain how everything in the universe has mass — wasn’t confirmed by physicists until 2012. But according to Dr. Simon Singh, the author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, after Homer decided to become an inventor in “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” he was pictured standing in front of a blackboard with an equation that predicted the mass of the yet-to-be-discovered particle.

The FIFA scandal and Germany’s win – Season 25, Episode 16

In “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee” Homer is asked to be a referee by the world football federation. He ends up getting arrested and Germany wins the tournament in the 2014 episode.

In 2015 two FIFA presidents were accused of widespread corruption and banned from football-related activities for eight years, according to BBC. There were also 14 FIFA officials who were indicted for corruption. In addition, Germany won the World Cup.


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