28 Times Cartoons Guessed What Will Happen In The Future

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Ubiquitous

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You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need to
worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless, you are
one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family Guy, or
Futurama. Because if that's the case, you know exactly what will happen next,
and you probably can't wait to illustrate it and put in on your show. This
list compiled by Bored Panda, shares all of the times the creators of these
iconic shows have accidentally predicted how the future will look like, and
some are surprisingly accurate.

#1 Donald Trump's Presidency

In 2000, 16 years before the actual announcement, The Simpsons had already
predicted that Donald Trump will run for president and they even managed to
predict that he will win. We still have time to see if Lisa's words hold true
once Trump's presidency is over.

#2 Faulty Voting Machine

This one surprised many as The Simpsons managed to almost identically predict
the future. Back in 2008, Homer was illustrated voting for Obama during the
election but the vote automatically changing for Mitt Romney. 4 years later,
the exact same thing happened in Pennsylvania where a faulty machine had to
be removed because of changing people's votes for Mitt Romney.

#3 The Prediction Of Higgs Boson Or "God Particle"

Back in 2012, physicists confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson also
known as the "God particle". This scientific breakthrough helped explain how
everything in the universe has mass. The discovery itself is amazing but what
is even better is the fact that 14 years before this happened, Homer was
illustrated in front of a blackboard with an equation that actually predicted
the mass of the yet-to-be-discovered particle which basically means Homer was
the first scientist to share any info on Higgs Boson.

#4 Three-Eyed Fish
Three-Eyed Fish

The iconic three-eyed fish was a symbol throughout The Simpsons of the
massive pollution the town was facing and how badly it affects nature.
Funnily (or sadly) enough, a similar fish was found in Argentina near a
nuclear power plant.

#5 Disney Buying 20th Century Fox
Disney Buying 20th Century Fox

Back in 1998, the creators of The Simpsons showed Homer creating the script.
This script was produced by 20th Century Fox but in the episode, you can
notice that there's a sign in front of the studio's headquarters that says "a
division of Walt Disney Co." In fact, Disney did actually purchase 20th
Century Fox for $52.4 billion 19 years later.

#6 Nobel Prize Winner
Nobel Prize Winner

In one of their episodes, The Simpsons showed Milhouse betting on MIT
professor Bengt Holmström to win the Nobel Prize. Surprisingly, he did win
after 6 years.

#7 White Tiger Attack
Back in 1993, The Simpsons mocked Siegfried & Roy by showing them getting
mauled by their white tiger. The same thing happened in real life 10 years
later.

#8 Got Season 8 Plot Twist

Many were surprised that the unimaginable Game of Thrones Season 8 plot twist
was actually already predicted by The Simpsons. I guess we should thank The
Simpsons for the spoiler or you can thank us if you still didn't watch the
last season and came to read this list.
#9 Caitlyn Jenner's Transition

Many years before the actual transition, Family Guy already illustrated Bruce
Jenner in a rather feminine manner. In one of the series, Stewie describes
Bruce as a "beautiful Dutch woman". In another episode, the yet-to-transition
Bruce is illustrated dancing on stage for men in the navy. When these
episodes were released, nobody thought they would soon call him Caitlyn.
Creators of the show denied any further comment on why they decided to
portray Bruce the way they did.

#10 Smartwatches

Back in 1995, The Simpsons showed one of their characters wearing a watch
that you can also use as a phone. It took 20 years for the actual Apple Watch
to be released.

#11 The Censorship Of Michelangelo's David

Residents of St. Petersburg were very unhappy when a replica of
Michelangelo's David was placed in St. Anne’s Lutheran Church in central St.
Petersburg. One woman has even written a letter asking for the sculpture to
be censored. “How could you put this bloke without any trousers in the center
of St Petersburg next to a school and church?” the woman wrote in a letter.
In order to turn something negative into a positive, local authorities then
started an initiative called "Dress David" where people voted on how the
replica could be censored. There was an option "leave it as it is" and since
this story happened back in 2016 and nobody talked about it ever since, there
is a big chance that the sculpture remained uncensored although during the
voting period, David was just covered in black tape. How rude!
#12 Virtual Reality

Although many tried to illustrate what our future entertainment would look
like, Futurama's creators were the ones who perfectly predicted how virtual
reality would look and what we will use it for.

#13 Lady Gaga's Performance At The Super Bowl

The iconic Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance was actually first performed 5
years earlier in Springfield where Lady Gaga, just like in the Super Bowl,
was flying through the air while singing.

#14 Horse Meat Scandal

In the 1994 episode of the "Simpsons", the lunch lady known as Doris was
using "assorted horse parts" while preparing meals for high school students
of Springfield Elementary. Then nine years after the episode aired, a huge
scandal happened when Ireland's Food Safety Authority found horse DNA in over
one-third of the beefburger samples from supermarkets and ready meals, and
pork in 85% of them.

#15 Miss Universe Mix Up

It is known to most of us that the hilarious and tragic Miss Universe mix up
that happened in 2015 was a surprise to everybody watching the show. Well,
apparently, the creators of Futuruma already knew this might happen as they
illustrated the exact same situation in their show back in 1999. While
comparing the images, most of us can definitely notice the striking
similarities.

#16 First Laptop

Inspector Gadget already has a reputation for predicting the future of
technology and some of the devices they used in the show are unbelievably
similar to what major companies created many years later. For example, one of
the characters from the show named Penny was using her "computer book" that
looks strikingly similar to the first Toshiba laptop that was released a
couple of years after the show.

#17 Drone Cameras

In this particular image, we can see floating cameras that we now know as
drone cameras.Something that is now often used in media and movies was only a
vague idea illustrated by Futurama back in 2000.

#18 The First Digital Camera

Inspector Gadget took a a dive into the future and in the episode "The
Infiltration", the show's character Penny Gadget was holding a device that
clearly resembles a digital camera. The device was attached to her computer-
book and it was used to snap photographs. Of course it failed to predict the
usage of internal memory or memory cards, but it's still an impressive
prediction that gained public attention. The design of the camera, of course,
looks old-fashioned mainly because of the vanity of the cameras in that
period.

#19 A Self-Parking And Self-Driving Car

Now, almost every luxurious car has self-parking and sometimes even self-
driving abilities that were absolutely unimaginable back in the '80s. It's
safe to say that Inspector Gadget was definitely a technology prophet as his
car had all of those abilities many years before any company managed to
actually create them.

#20 The Ebola Virus

17 years before the actual outbreak of the Ebola virus, Marge was already
illustrated by The Simpsons' creators giving a book to Bart. The title of the
book reads "Curious George and the Ebola Virus".

#21 The Shard Building In London

Another episode of the Simpsons, "Lisa's Wedding", predicted the iconic Shard
Building in London 14 years before it was built. Looking back at the episode
now, it's fascinating to see that not just the shape and look of the Shard is
incredibly similar but also the location is the same.

#22 The Fall Of The World Trade Center

In a 2001 episode, "Chain Gang Johnny", the creators of Johnny Bravo managed
to predict the tragic events of 9/11 and the fall of the Twin Towers. Given
the fact that the episode aired just a few months before the actual disaster,
many conspiracy theorists wonder: could it have been a subliminal message or
a not-so-subtle warning? Well, it did say, "Coming soon", but we'll never
know.

The Simpsons predicted the disaster way back in 1997 when the family plans a
trip to New York. It's all fun until we notice the cover of the magazine that
Lisa holds up as it eerily shows the Twin Towers next to a big number 9.
Again, subliminal message? Honest prediction of 9/11? We'll leave it to the
conspiracy theorists.

#23 Financial Crisis In Greece

In a 2012 episode, "Politically Inept With Homer Simpson", Homer appears as a
guest on a news show. A headline flashes at the bottom of the screen: 'Europe
puts Greece on eBay'. Even though Europe didn't actually sell a whole country
online, three years later in 2015, Greece became the first developed country
to enter a large scale debt crisis.

#24 The Birth Of Autocorrect

In a 1994 episode, "Lisa on Ice", Dolph uses an Apple Newton - a digital
assistant. When he tries to write ''Beat up Martin'', the machine changes it
to "Eat up Martha" which could mark the very beginning of the now infamous
autocorrect fails. With the official launch of autocorrect in 2005, it's been
reported that the original employees fondly referred to this episode of The
Simpsons when creating the actual product.

#25 The Rise And Fall Of Miley Cyrus

South Park has been spot on with pop culture as well. An episode from 2008,
''Britney's New Look'', accurately prophesied that ''Miley Cyrus, though only
15 years old, is already on her way to becoming a major superstar'' and would
be the next star after Britney to have a meltdown. The cartoon wasn't far off
at all.


#26 The Death Of Osama Bin Laden

The Simpsons wasn't the only cartoon to predict major political events. In an
episode that aired on October 13, 2010, South Park showed Osama Bin Laden,
the leader of Al-Qaeda, being shot in the head and killed by special forces.
Only eight months later, the real Osama was killed by Navy SEALs in a very
similar fashion.

#27 Ebola Outbreak

''Gluten Free Ebola'', an episode of South Park was released a few days prior
to the virus outbreak that started sweeping through USA.

#28 First Generation Ipod

Five years before Apple announced the first iPod, The Simpsons already had an
idea of what the invention would be like. Seen in an episode from 1996, the
device closely resembles the first generation iPod not only in design but
also in the purpose of communicating messages and music.

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Rhino

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Jun 5, 2019, 9:10:37 PM6/5/19
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I thought the Simpsons depicted a fish with FIVE eyes, not three? Or
maybe they did both. Has anyone found a fish with five eyes yet?
And Dick Tracy did it in comic books when I was a kid, long before The
Simpsons ever aired. There were also Dick Tracy cartoons if I remember
correctly.
How can a camera be vain? It's an inanimate object. Or did the writer
mean "variety"?

> #19 A Self-Parking And Self-Driving Car
>
> Now, almost every luxurious car has self-parking and sometimes even self-
> driving abilities that were absolutely unimaginable back in the '80s. It's
> safe to say that Inspector Gadget was definitely a technology prophet as his
> car had all of those abilities many years before any company managed to
> actually create them.
>
The first work on self-driving cars happened in the 1930s! That's
according to a YouTube video I saw a couple of years back when doing a
paper on self-driving cars.
And Star Trek's communicators were the inspiration for the modern cell
phone. Of course the original Star Trek was not a cartoon but it was
followed by Star Trek: The Animated Series which *was* a cartoon and
featured communicators.

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https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/the-simpsons-three-eyed-
fish.jpg?x57343

https://thesocietypages.org/edsociety/files/2015/03/blinky-the-3-eyed-
fish.gif
https://youtu.be/_JxHDsDwB2E
or 'bathroom'

> > #19 A Self-Parking And Self-Driving Car
> >
> > Now, almost every luxurious car has self-parking and sometimes even self-
> > driving abilities that were absolutely unimaginable back in the '80s. It's
> > safe to say that Inspector Gadget was definitely a technology prophet as his
> > car had all of those abilities many years before any company managed to
> > actually create them.
> The first work on self-driving cars happened in the 1930s! That's
> according to a YouTube video I saw a couple of years back when doing a
> paper on self-driving cars.

George Jetson had a self FLYING car in the 60s. And there were any number of
ghost inhabited vehicles.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-
h3IJixwn3EY/Uoj0mOXCSbI/AAAAAAAACUQ/N9wXPv5cB0E/s1600/terratin.jpg

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Roger Blake

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On 2019-06-04, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net> wrote:
> You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need to
> worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless, you are
> one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family Guy, or
> Futurama.

I'm still waiting for smellevision to replace television.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qvjwLmrHo

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In article <2019060...@news.eternal-september.org>,
Roger Blake <rogb...@iname.invalid> wrote:
>On 2019-06-04, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net> wrote:
>> You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need to
>> worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless, you are
>> one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family Guy, or
>> Futurama.
>
>I'm still waiting for smellevision to replace television.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qvjwLmrHo
>

Just as long as you never pwess the wed button!

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Ubiquitous

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No, Blinkie(?) was always three-eyed.
I thought he meant it in the same sense as "vanity press", but "variety" makes more sense.

Ubiquitous

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rogb...@iname.invalid wrote:
>On 2019-06-04, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net> wrote:

>> You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need to
>> worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless, you
>> are one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family Guy, or
>> Futurama.
>
>I'm still waiting for smellevision to replace television.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qvjwLmrHo

Hey! That was last year!

Paul S Person

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Jun 6, 2019, 12:38:00 PM6/6/19
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On Thu, 6 Jun 2019 03:03:13 -0000 (UTC), Roger Blake
<rogb...@iname.invalid> wrote:

>On 2019-06-04, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net> wrote:
>> You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need to
>> worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless, you are
>> one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family Guy, or
>> Futurama.
>
>I'm still waiting for smellevision to replace television.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qvjwLmrHo

Shouldn't be too hard.

Smellorama was in theaters back in, what, the 50's?

All you need is a scratch-and-sniff card and enough patience to only
release one smell at a time.
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Paul S Person

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Jun 6, 2019, 12:41:50 PM6/6/19
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On Tue, 04 Jun 2019 07:09:12 -0400, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net>
wrote:

>You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need to
>worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless, you are
>one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family Guy, or
>Futurama. Because if that's the case, you know exactly what will happen next,
>and you probably can't wait to illustrate it and put in on your show. This
>list compiled by Bored Panda, shares all of the times the creators of these
>iconic shows have accidentally predicted how the future will look like, and
>some are surprisingly accurate.

<snippo predictions to avoid another really long post with a really
small new text appendix>

And researchers are trying to produce holographic movies, inspired by
Princess Leia. No word on actual holodecks, although it's only a
matter of time.

These aren't so much predictions as inspirations: kids saw the shows
and succeeded in making their dreams real.

IIRC, Arthur C Clarke predicted/inspired communications satellites,
just by writing books and short stories.

This is next cousin to "self-fulfilling prophecy".

And, if #1 actually /inspired/ The Donald to run for President, the
people producing it have a /lot/ to answer for!

Ubiquitous

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pspe...@ix.netcom.invalid wrote:
> Roger Blake <rogb...@iname.invalid> wrote:
>>On 2019-06-04, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net> wrote:

>>> You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need
>>> to worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless,
>>> you are one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family
>>> Guy, or Futurama.
>>
>>I'm still waiting for smellevision to replace television.
>>
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qvjwLmrHo
>
>Shouldn't be too hard.
>
>Smellorama was in theaters back in, what, the 50's?

If memory serves, it was used in a John Waters movie in the 1980's.

anim8rfsk

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Thu, 06 Jun 2019 12:22:25 -0700 Ubiquitous<web...@polaris.net> wrote:

> pspe...@ix.netcom.invalid wrote:
> > Roger Blake <rogb...@iname.invalid> wrote:
> > > On 2019-06-04, Ubiquitous<web...@polaris.net> wrote:
>
> > > > You never really know what the future holds, so there is really no need
> > > > to worry since none of us can really tell what will happen next. Unless,
> > > > you are one of the creators of Inspector Gadget, The Simpsons, Family
> > > > Guy, or Futurama.
> > >
> > > I'm still waiting for smellevision to replace television.
> > >
> > > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qvjwLmrHo
> >
> > Shouldn't be too hard.
> >
> > Smellorama was in theaters back in, what, the 50's?
>
> If memory serves, it was used in a John Waters movie in the 1980's.

Smellorama is a kid's show joke.

Smell-O-Vision got used once, in 1960's 'Scent of Mystery' by Mike Todd.

John Waters put out Polyester in "Odorama" in 1982. His twist on it was
scratch 'n' sniff cards instead of pumping fumes into the theater.

Ubiquitous

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supe...@super70s.invalid wrote:

>I guess when you have umpteen hundred episodes over 30 years you're
>bound to predict every discovery under the sun sooner or later.

It's a shame people don't apply this lesson to "pyschics" and others who
claim to tell the future.

Paul S Person

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On Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:26:14 -0500, super70s
<supe...@super70s.invalid> wrote:

>I guess when you have umpteen hundred episodes over 30 years you're
>bound to predict every discovery under the sun sooner or later.

Particularly when your young fans grow up and are in a position to try
and implement them.

Paul S Person

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On Thu, 06 Jun 2019 21:22:08 -0400, Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net>
wrote:

>supe...@super70s.invalid wrote:
>
>>I guess when you have umpteen hundred episodes over 30 years you're
>>bound to predict every discovery under the sun sooner or later.
>
>It's a shame people don't apply this lesson to "pyschics" and others who
>claim to tell the future.

A stopped watch tells the correct time twice a day.

And a lot of people /do/ apply this lesson to psychics, dreams,
deja-vu, and so on.

Ubiquitous

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pspe...@ix.netcom.invalid wrote:
> Ubiquitous <web...@polaris.net> wrote:
>>supe...@super70s.invalid wrote:

>>>I guess when you have umpteen hundred episodes over 30 years you're
>>>bound to predict every discovery under the sun sooner or later.
>>
>>It's a shame people don't apply this lesson to "pyschics" and others who
>>claim to tell the future.
>
>A stopped watch tells the correct time twice a day.
>
>And a lot of people /do/ apply this lesson to psychics, dreams,
>deja-vu, and so on.

If they believe in them, they haven't applied the lesson.
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