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11 Times The Future Stole Its Ideas From Tracy Jordan

August 10, 2021 56 votes 14 voters 2.2k views11 items

List RulesVote up the historical events you know only happened because Tracy did it first!

Tracy Jordan, the fictionalized version of SNL star Tracy Morgan, is undoubtely one of the best parts about 30 Rock. He's an unstable comedian with a knack for having some of the worst ideas of all time, from the Tracy Jordan Meat Machine, to his video game Dong Slayer, to Jefferson, a movie about the life of Thomas Jefferson where Tracy plays every single role. And yet, despite his reputation for insanity, it seems as if a whole lot of his ideas ended up coming true years after 30 Rock went off the air. Maybe Tracy isn't so crazy after all — or maybe the real world has become just as crazy as he is. 

Take a look at these examples we pulled of Tracy Jordan's ideas coming to life and vote up the ones that you think the fictional comedian deserves credit for. 

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    The KFC Double Down Sandwich (2010)

    The KFC Double Down sandwich got a lot of incredulous reactions when it was first released in 2010, but we're guessing that's exactly what its creators were expecting when they decided to put together a sandwich with a fried chicken fillet where the bread should be. Then the host of the satirical news show The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert called the sandwich "the warped creation of a syphillitic brain." Who knew that brain was Tracy Jordan's?

    The sandwich bears a striking similarity to the work of the "Tracy Jordan Meat Machine," a fictional invention that Tracy markets in the first season of 30 Rock. Jordan's machine gets rid of the need for bread in a sandwich by turning various meats into "one delicious food ball." That episode, called "The Rural Juror," aired three years before anyone knew what a Double Down was. 

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    Chrissy Teigen's "Relatable" Tweets (2021) 

    In February 2021, Chrissy Teigen posted an anecdote to Twitter that not many people found to be all that relatable. "One time [husband John Legend] and I were at a restaurant and the waiter recommended a nice Cabernet," she tweeted. "We got the bill and it was 13,000 dollars. HOW DO U CASUALLY RECOMMEND THAT WINE. We didn’t even finish it and it had been cleared!!!”

    11 years earlier, Tracy Jordan revealed that he, too, had lost his ability to relate to the common man by telling an anecdote about his retractable roof to a janitor. The episode, titled "Season 4," aired on May 13, 2010.

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    Pornographic Video Games (2010s) 

    A major arc for Tracy's character at the end of Season 2 is his effort to produce a pornographic video game. In the show, nobody thinks Tracy will succeed — but it turns out that both on TV, and in the real world, his ambition is 100% possible (and creepy). 

    Versions of pornographic virtual reality systems have been attempted many times in the last hundred years, but most can agree that nothing close to accessible for most gamers came around until the 2010s, when VR systems like the Oculus Rift began to hit the market. Given that the episodes where Tracy is developing Dong Slayer (yes, that's the name of the game) aired in 2008, we count this as a win for Tracy.

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    Solid Gold Shoes (2018)

    In a 2009 episode of 30 Rock, Tracy struggles to lug himself around in a pair of solid gold sneakers as part of a half-baked scheme to stop his wife Angie from leaving him, reasoning that if he keeps spending his money on useless crap, there won't be enough money for Angie to take in a divorce. In 2018, a pair of LeBron 15s worth $100,000 went up for sale — the shoes were made of crocodile skin and finished with 24 karat gold. Coincidence? Or did history steal yet another Tracy Jordan idea?

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