From Donald Trump’s presidency to Fox’s merger with Disney to Siegfried and Roy’s tiger attack, The Simpsons has predicted many events. But the predictions of this show do not always come true.
1. Big Ben digital clock
When Lisa goes to London to meet her fiancé’s parents, the iconic Big Ben clock is replaced by a digital one. But in the real world, Big Ben still uses an analog clock to tell Londoners the time.
2. Laser eye surgery causes the eyes to disappear within 10 years
When Bart and Ralph Wiggum visit the elderly Ned Flanders, they discover that he has a vision impairment, an unfortunate side effect of laser eye surgery that was invented in 1987 before LASIK was perfected in 1999.
“I never should have had that laser surgery,” Flanders explains. “It was great at first, but you know after 10 years, your eyes will fall.”
3. Rocky 7: Adrian’s Revenge
When Bart is surrounded by a room with Roman numeral doors, he must figure out which door is the seventh; The only door behind which the deadly tiger is not behind. He deduces the Roman numeral seven from the numbering of the Rocky movies: “Rocky V plus Rocky II equals Rocky VII: Hadrian’s Revenge.”
At the time, there was no Rocky 7, but there was no Adrian’s Revenge in Michael B. Jordan’s seventh installment of the Rocky series.
4. Smell Ya Later will replace goodbye
In a future where Bart is dying and living with Ralph and Lisa is the President of the United States, Smell Ya Later has replaced Goodbye as the standard goodbye. Not only has Smell Ya Later not become a goodbye phrase these days, it’s rarely even used in casual conversation.
5. Fox network becomes a porn channel
When Homer and Marge watch Fox on TV in the future, they comment that Fox has gradually turned into a porn channel. Although Fox airs many adult-oriented TV shows and cartoons, this has yet to happen to the Fox network.
6. The separation of Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney, two famous television actors
When the original Skinner goes missing, Chief Wiggum goes to a psychologist to find him. The psychologist has no clue where to find Skinner, but reports on the separation of Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney, the actors of the popular TV series “Simon & Simon”, who were married in real life. But the couple never broke up, and this was another wrong prediction of The Simpsons.
7. iPods make people their slaves
In the episode “Marge’s Ice Cream”, Marge becomes a sculptor who works exclusively with discarded ice cream sticks. She is disappointed when Homer accidentally destroys all of her statues. But Marge builds a giant statue of Homer to show that she has forgiven him.
The episode jumps 200 years into the future, where a statue of Homer is all that remains of Western art. In this dark and dystopian future, humanity has been captured by giant iPods that whip people with their headphones.
8. Only the five richest kings of Europe will own a computer
Professor Frink is one of the smartest people in Springfield, but he was wrong about the future of computers. “I predict that within 10 years, computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000 times bigger and more expensive, and only the five richest kings of Europe will own them,” Frink said.
He was right that computers were getting more powerful, but they got smaller instead of bigger, and users didn’t have to be a rich European monarch to buy one.
9. virtual fudge
Fudge is a kind of chocolate candy. In one episode, in the future, Homer and Marge can be seen eating virtual fudge through a straw behind their VR headset. But Homer complains that virtual fudge isn’t as good as cyber fudge.
Scientists have made significant advances in food processing, but virtual food has yet to be invented.
10. The British will save America in World War III
When Lisa’s fiancé meets her family, Homer takes her to a cafe for drinks. “An English boy, huh?” Mo says. “You know, we saved you in World War II.” “Yeah, well, we saved you in World War III, too,” Hugh quips.
Fortunately, World War III hasn’t happened yet, so it’s unclear which country would save the other if such a world conflict were to occur.
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