One of the most iconic television shows of all time, as well as one of the most quoted properties in pop culture history, The Simpsons has made hundreds of jokes that we all know, remember, and reference on a daily basis. Often times, these jokes revolve around extremely absurd concepts that could only happen in a cartoon or a satire – according to the writers at the time. Sometimes, these jokes underestimate just how low humanity (and often, America) can go. The Simpsons predictions listed here all came true!
Here's a collection of hilarious Simpsons jokes that really ended up being true, happening or being repeated elsewhere. There are some crazy things The Simpsons predicted, so read on to find out what!
The Joke: In an episode from 2017 called "The Serfsons," the Simpsons find themselves in Springfieldia, an alternate fantasy universe that is demolished when a fire-breathing dragon wreaks havoc.
What Actually Happened: In the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen surprises everyone by burning King's Landing in a move against Queen Cersei. Though Dany's attack on Cersei was somewhat expected, her actions took out countless innocent commoners, which goes against her history of benevolence toward innocent peoples.
The Joke: In the episode, "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace," which aired in 1998, Homer takes his turn as an inventor and works out an equation to calculate the mass of a new particle.
What Actually Happened: Theoretical and particle physicist Simon Singh told The Independent that the equation Homer works out in "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" nearly equals the actual mass of an elementary particle called the Higgs boson, discovered over a decade later.
13 years before Canada actually legalized marijuana, Ned Flanders and Homer take a trip to Canada when prescription drugs get too expensive in Springfield in the "Midnight Rx" episode (2005). While on their trip, Ned is offered a puff of some "reeferino" by his Canadian doppelgänger—to which Ned responds, "They warned me Satan would be attractive. Let’s go!"
The Joke: In a series of flashbacks in "And Maggie Makes Three," The Simpsons reveals the cause of Homer's gradual hair loss. It seems his go-to reaction after discovering Marge is pregnant is to panic and pull out his own hair. Maggie is the final straw, rendering the beloved TV dad completely bald as he tears out the last of his locks while letting out a blood curdling scream.
What Actually Happened: Prince William and wife Kate Middleton welcomed three children from 2013 to 2014. With each subsequent birth, William's hairline receded. Internet sleuths pointed out the trajectory of Homer's hair closely matched that of Prince William's.