From predictions of gadgets to predictions of Presidents, check out all of the times cartoons correctly predicted the future in the gallery below!
Donald Trump’s Presidency
The Simpsons predicted Donald Trump running for and eventually becoming the president of the United States all the way back in 2016. The truth of Lisa’s words about the debt, however, remains to be seen.
#2 Faulty Voting Machine
In one 2008 episode of The Simpsons, Homer was shown voting for Obama in the elections only for his vote to go to Mitt Romney. The same thing happened in real life 4 years later when a malfunctioning voting machine in Pennsylvania caused all voters’ votes to go to Mitt Romney.
#3 The Prediction Of Higgs Boson Or “God Particle”
In 2012, physicists confirmed that the Higgs Boson, also called the “God particle”, exists and its discovery helped explain how objects have mass. If you think this discovery is impressive, the fact that The Simpsons predicted it 14 years before should surprise you even more. In one episode, Homer was shown in front of a blackboard, writing an equation. That equation predicted the mass of the particle years before it was discovered.
#4 Three-Eyed Fish
The three-eyed fish, native to Springfield’s polluted waters, was actually found near a nuclear power plant in Argentina.
#5 Caitlyn Jenner’s Transition
In one of the episodes of Family Guy, Stewie described Bruce Jenner as a “beautiful Dutch woman” and in another Bruce was shown dancing for men in the Navy. Even though the creators of the show did not comment on why they choose to portray Bruce the way he did, they predicted his transition to Caitlyn years before.
#6 White Tiger Attack
The Simpsons showed Siegfried & Roy being mauled by one of their tigers back in 1993 and, sadly, this prediction came true in 2003 when Roy was mauled by a tiger named Mantacore.
#7 Nobel Prize Winner
The Simpsons even guessed the winner of the Nobel Prize – in one episode Milhouse bet on MIT professor Bengt Holmström winning and six years later he did!
#8 Got Season 8 Plot Twist
The Simpsons predicted the dramatic plot twist of Game of Thrones’ season 8 years before it actually happened.
The Simpsons showed characters wearing primitive smart watched all the way back in 1995, 20 years before the Apple watch was released.
#10 Disney Buying 20th Century Fox
In a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, Homer was shown submitting a script to the 20th Century Fox. A small line of text under the logo says “a division of Walt Disney Co” – something that would happen 19 years later.
#11 The Censorship Of Michelangelo’s David
When a replica of Michelangelo’s David was erected in St. Anne’s Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, the residents weren’t happy about the statue’s nudity. The city eventually created a contest called “Dress David” where people could vote on how the statue would be censored. This happened in 2016 and The Simpsons featured a censored statue of David in the episode “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge” all the way back in 1990.
#12 Virtual Reality
The writers of Futurama predicted virtual reality as a form of entertainment years before it actually became widely available.
#13 Lady Gaga’s Performance At The Super Bowl
Lady Gaga performed her epic Super Bowl performance where she flies through the air 5 years before it actually happened in an episode of The Simpsons.
#14 Horse Meat Scandal
A 1994 episode of The Simpsons showed the lunch lady preparing cafeteria lunches using “Assorted horse parts”. Nine years later, a scandal happened in Ireland after the Food Safety Authority found traces of horse DNA in over a third of supermarket beefburger samples.
#15 First Laptop
In one episode of a popular 80s cartoon called Inspector Gadget, one of the characters, Penny, is shown using a “computer book” – a gadget similar to the first Toshiba laptop released a few years later.
#16 Miss Universe Mix Up
Back in 2015, a hilarious and cringe-worthy mix up happened during the Miss Universe contest when the wrong winner was announced. The same situation happened in one of Futurama’s 1999 episodes.
#17 The First Digital Camera
The laptop wasn’t the only thing Inspector Gadget predicted. In an episode called “The Infiltration”, Penny is shown using a device that looks oddly similar to a digital camera. Even though it was shown attached to the computer book, failing to predict internal memory, it’s was still a pretty close guess.
#18 A Self-Parking And Self-Driving Car
Inspector Gadget predicted self-parking cars all the way back in the 80s.
#19 Drone Cameras
This 2000 episode of Futurama shows floating cameras – an early prediction of what later would become drones.
#20 The Ebola Virus
Curious George and the Ebola Virus” was a fictional book shown in one of the episodes of The Simpsons, 17 years before the outbreak of the virus.
#21 The Shard Building In London
A Simpsons episode called “Lisa’s Wedding” predicted the Shard Building in London 14 years before it was actually built – they even guessed the location pretty accurately!
#22 The Birth Of Autocorrect
Character Dolph was shown using a device called Apple Newton in a 1994 episode of The Simpsons. He tries writing ”Beat up Martin” only for the machine to turn it into “Eat up Martha”. After autocorrect launched in 2005, the creators admitted they referred to this episode when creating the product.
#23 The Rise And Fall Of Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus’ breakthrough and eventual meltdown was predicted by the creators of South Park in a 2008 episode called “Britney’s New Look”.
#24 The Death Of Osama Bin Laden
An episode of South Park that aired on October 13, 2010, showed Osama Bin Laden being shot by special forces – something that would happen in real life eight months later.
#25 The Fall Of The World Trade Center
A 2001 episode of Johnny Bravo eerily managed to predict the 9/11 events in a poster shown in the background. Four years before, in an episode of The Simpsons, Lisa was shown holding a magazine with a huge number 9 shown next to the Twin Tower. Even though it sounds a little far fetched, you have to agree that the coincidences are rather strong.
#26 Financial Crisis In Greece
Homer was a guest of a news show in a 2012 episode of The Simpsons called “Politically Inept With Homer Simpson”. A line on the bottom of the screen said ‘Europe puts Greece on eBay’ and three years later Greece became the first developed country to enter a debt crisis.
#27 Ebola Outbreak
A few days before the Ebola outbreak in USA, it was correctly predicted in a South Park episode called “Gluten Free Ebola”.
#28 First Generation Ipod
In a 1996 episode of The Simpsons, a device strangely familiar to the iPod was shown on a gate. Five years later, Apple released the first generation iPod.