One of America's longest-running cartoon series, The Simpsons, has a history of poking fun at culture and world events, but check out the following wild predictions and references in the show that later came true!
After more than 600 episodes over 29 seasons, it's no surprise that some of the show's social commentary and comedy bits came true, but the striking thing is how wild and improbable some of them are!
Even some of the minor and straightforward predictions the show made came true years later. For example, in the 1995 episode, “Lisa's Wedding,” there's a scene in the future in which Marge talks to her daughter Lisa using video chat features on her phone that closely resemble those of the FaceTime app.
That episode predated FaceTime by 15 years!
But the show also mentioned many more odd and specific events that came true, such as the Ebola virus…
Curious George and the Ebola Virus
In 1997 an episode entitled, “Lisa's Sax” showed Marge reading a story to her troublesome son, Bart. The title of the story she read from was Curious George and the Ebola Virus. At the time this seemed just a darkly humorous joke, but it eerily presaged the horrible real-life outbreak later.
In 2013-2014 the Ebola virus ran rampant in an epidemic in West Africa. The world watched in fear as more than 11,000 people died in the region. Later, a few carriers of the virus unwittingly carried the deadly disease to other nations, but the spread was eventually halted, thanks to the efforts of health authorities and epidemiology experts.
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