true stories 18 Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True  

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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!

Lady Gaga Performs A High Wire Act


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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


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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."

Disney Buys Fox


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The Joke: In the 1998 episode "When You Dish Upon a Star," Homer becomes the personal assistant to Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger when they move to Springfield. He winds up pitching a script to Ron Howard, and by the end of the episode Howard is pitching that same script to 20th Century Fox. A sign outside the studio reads, "a division of Walt Disney Co."

What Actually Happened: Disney bought 21st Century Fox in December 2017 for a cool $52.4 billion.

Team USA Wins Gold In Curling


Team USA Wins Gold In Curling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True
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The Joke: In the 2010 episode "Boy Meets Curl," Homer and Marge lead the United States curling team to a gold medal over Sweden and Russia.

What Actually Happened: Team USA edged out number-one-ranked Sweden to take home the gold in the 2018 PyeongChang games.