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!
Canada Legalizes Marijuana
13 years before Canada actually legalized marijuana, Ned Flanders and Homer take a trip to Canada when prescription drugs get too expensive in Springville 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!"
Prince William's Receding Hairline
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.
Lady Gaga Performs A High Wire Act
The Joke: In an effort to raise the self esteem of Springfield - and boost the spirits of Lisa Simpson - Lady Gaga decides to hold a concert in the Season 23, Episode 22 titled "Lisa Goes Gaga."
During her show, Lady Gaga zooms over the audience wearing a wire and a platinum silver outfit. As the crowd looks on she blasts pyrotechnics from her breasts and sings about loving and accepting yourself.
What Actually Happened: During the Super Bowl LI halftime show, which aired almost five years after The Simpsons episode, Lady Gaga flew over the audience on a wire. People pointed out the similarities between the performance and the cartoon in not only her wire act, but in her outfit as well. Unfortunately for Gaga fans, she didn't shoot sparks out of her boobs.
Bengt Holmström Wins the Nobel Prize
The Joke: In the Season 22 premiere, Milhouse and Lisa participated in a who-will-win-the-Nobel-Prize betting pool. For Economics, Milhouse, who lost to Martin, selected Bengt Holmström.
What Actually Happened: In 2016, Bengt Holmström of MIT and Oliver Hart of Harvard were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics "for work on contact theory and how to evaluate whether things should be government-run or privately owned."