Seventeen years ago, an episode of The Simpsons predicted that Donald Trump would one day become US president. Nineteen years ago, they predicted that Disney would buy out Fox. These are only two out of the many things that The Simpsons have accurately predicted over the years with alarming accuracy, which is now leading to claims of time travel amongst the writers of the massively popular cartoon. The Fox and Trump things are impressive, but the time that Homer predicted the mass of the Higgs boson particle on a chalkboard may be some of the most insane evidence yet.
In a 1998 episode called The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer Simpson becomes an inventor and is shown in front of a complicated equation on a blackboard. According to Simon Singh, the author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, the equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson particle, aka, the God Particle. It was first predicted in 1964 by Professor Peter Higgs and five other physicists, but it wasn't until 2013 that scientists discovered proof of the Higgs boson in a $13 billion experiment. The Simpsons predicted the discovery a full 15 years ahead of time.
Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States was predicted 16 years ahead of time and the writers claim that it was more of a warning than anything. A possible future Trump presidency, said the episode's writer Dan Greaney, "just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane." The episode, broadcast correctly made the prediction 17 years ago on March 19th, 2000, and saw Bart's vision of his future in which he is a beer drinking adult, while his sister Lisa has become president, following Trump's time in office.
The Lisa's Wedding episode originally aired in 1995 and came with a few more unexpected predictions. During Lisa's trip to London, a skyscraper is seen behind Tower Bridge that looks pretty damn similar to The Shard and is even in the right location. Construction on the building started in 2009, 14 years later. Also in the episode was the idea of robot librarians, which became real over 20 years later in Singapore. Another prediction that The Simpsons nailed was the tiger attack on Siegfried and Roy that originally aired in 1993 and then happened in real-life 10 years later.
Autocorrect was introduced in an episode of The Simpsons back when you couldn't even play Snake on an old brick cellphone. In addition, the hit show predicted the three-eyed fish back in its second season, nearly 30 years ago. Bart and Lisa are fishing when they catch it, the curiosity and the fish have become one of the show's more famous bit characters. The fish has three eyes due to the nuclear waste of the Springfield Nuclear Plant where Homer works. More than ten years later, a three-eyed fish was discovered in a reservoir in Argentina. Strangely enough, the reservoir itself was fed by water from a nuclear power plant.
So, what's going on here? Another rumor suggests that Simpsons creator Matt Groening is the time traveler and that all of the ideas and predictions came from him. A few years ago, a 69-year old artist bought some Simpsons watercolor paintings at a Seattle-area thrift store and thinks they were made by Matt Groening when he was a student at the Evergreen State College, more than a decade before the Simpsons shorts began airing on The Tracey Ullman Show. Bart can be seen as a giant skateboarding and then there's the Butterfinger candy bar logo that many believe is from a time traveling Matt Groening. Coincidence or time travel? You can be the judge. And in the meantime, check out a new video that goes even further in-depth into the futuristic predictions of The Simpsons below, courtesy of The Pat McAfee Show's Facebook page.