The Simpsons wildest predictions – smartwatches, virus outbreak and horse meat

The Simpsons wildest predictions – smartwatches, virus outbreak and horse meat


The Simpsons has been on-air for 32 years and bringing joy to fans around the world – but weirdly it's given a number of predictions about real life situations that eventually happened.

From technological advances that are now everyday items, to outbreaks of diseases and even weird coincidences with architecture and celebrities.

There have been 33 seasons of The Simpsons, more than 700 episodes and, of course, the 2007 movie spin-off.

And who could forget the countless video games, books and merchandise that has now turned the franchise into a billion-dollar business.

As the animated series turns 32, Daily Star is taking a look at some of the weirdest predictions to come out of the show.


In the 1995 season six episode Lisa's Wedding, fans watched Lisa Simpson's husband speaking into a phone that was on his wrist.

The episode was set in the future, but the first smartwatch wasn't actually created until 2013.

Nowadays, they're everywhere, with people able to do way more than just tell the time from their wrists.

The Simpsons has also predicted tech such as the games Guitar Hero and Farmville.


The Simpsons fans are adamant that the series predicted the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the 1997 episode, Lisa's Sax.

In the episode, Marge suggested that an unwell Bart should read a book called Curious George and the Ebola Virus.

Of course, Ebola had been around for a while, but wasn't very widespread back then.

Years later in 2014, fans picked up on the scene and began wondering if the Ebola outbreak had been planned all along.


Similarly with Ebola, The Simpsons seemed to predict the dreaded coronavirus outbreak of 2020 in a 1993 episode.

In the season four episode Marge in Chains, Springfield is hit with the "Osaka Flu" after it was accidentally spread by a Japanese factory worker.

People in the town rushed to find a cure, but, years later, the similarity to Covid was picked up.

However former Simpsons writer Bill Oakley slammed the comparison, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "I don’t like it being used for nefarious purposes. The idea that anyone misappropriates it to make coronavirus seem like an Asian plot is terrible. In terms of trying to place blame on Asia — I think that is gross.”

The Shard

Another from the 1995 episode Lisa's Wedding, viewers saw the London skyline when Lisa took a trip to the UK capital.

Viewers got a glimpse of Big Ben and Tower Bridge and behind the iconic bride there was a pointed skyscraper that looks a lot like The Shard – and it's even in the right location.

Construction on The Shard – which is the tallest building in the UK – didn't start until 2009.

Horse Meat Scandal

In the 1994 season five episode Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song, Lunchlady Doris could be seen cooking up lunch for Springfield Elementary students.

But she could be seen rooting through a barrel labelled "assorted horse parts now with more testicles".

Fast forward to nine years later, and, in 2013, traces of horse DNA was found in beef products in the UK. There was also pig found in beef burger samples.

Disney buys Fox

In 1998, The Simpsons – which is a Fox show – seemed to predict that their own studio would get bought up by Disney.

In the season 10 episode When You Dish Upon A Star, Homer pitches a script which gets produced at 20th Century Fox, which had a sign outside that read: "A division of Walt Disney Co."

In December 2017, Disney bought 21st Century Fox for a reported $52.4billion (£39b).

Old Beatles Letter

A 1991 episode from season two – Brush with Greatness – predicted a seriously weird coincidence with the Beatles.

In it, Ringo Star could be seen answering fan mail that had been sent to the band decades ago.

In real life in September 2013, two Essex Beatles fans got a reply from Paul McCartney from a letter they'd sent 50 years ago.

BBC favourite The One Show reunited the fans with the letter, which had been found at a car boot sale by a historian, and got them a reply from Paul.

Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack

In 1993, The Simpsons predicted a devastating tiger attack.

The episode – $pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalised Gambling) – saw magicians Siegfriend and Roy mauled by a tiger they'd trained while they performed at a casino.

Then, 20 years later in 2003, Roy Horn of the duo was attacked by a tiger during one of their tigers, getting severe injuries but living.

What was even spookier was, The Simpsons showed a white tiger in the attack – and Roy was mauled by Montecore, who was also a white tiger.

Lady Gaga

Not quite as much of a throwback episode, but the season 23 finale – Lisa Goes Gaga – predicted Lady Gaga's Super Bowl LI halftime performance.

The 2012 episode showed Lady Gaga, whose voice appeared in the episode, hanging midair as she performed for Springfield residents.

Five years later and she was flying around from the roof of the Houston NRG Stadium, performing at the Super Bowl.

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