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17 Ways Idiocracy Has Actually Come True

Updated October 21, 2019 336.4k views17 items

Though it was a box office bomb when first released in 2006, Idiocracy gave viewers a vision of the future that has come true in startling ways. It's the story of an average man frozen in a capsule who thaws out 500 years from now to find a world overrun by garbage, idiocy, corporatism, and violence. The things Idiocracy predicted have gone from dystopian nightmare to everyday life much faster than 500 years.

Just like the movie, people are fatter than ever and pay less attention to the world around them. Portion sizes are bigger, police officers are more aggressive, advertising is more pervasive... and oh yeah, Donald Trump might be president. While we aren't quite at the level of watering our crops with energy drinks or the president firing off a machine gun during a speech, we've still got 490 years until we catch up with the movie's time frame.

Here are the myriad ways Idiocracy predicted the modern world, just a decade ago.
  • The Dumbing Down of the English Language Continues Unabated

    Idiocracy described the future of English as deteriorating into "a hybrid of hillbilly, valley girl, inner-city slang, and various grunts." What are new words like "amazeballs," "cray cray," "YOLO," "selfie," or "turnt," if not this very combination?
  • We're Going Through a Drought - Just Like Idiocracy

    California is in the midst of a historically bad drought, which has been particularly bad for farmers. In Idiocracy, the future is plagued by dust storms and dead crops. Of course, that's because the crops are being watered with Brawndo energy drink. Fixing the Golden State's drought will be much harder.
  • People Don't Pay Attention to What's Around Them

    When Frito's wall exploded as Joe's cryogenic capsule blasted through it, he doesn't turn away from his TV and recliner/toilet. How could someone not notice when their house nearly collapses? Ask the kid who was nearly hit in the face by a baseball bat at a Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training game because he was so distracted by his phone.
  • Restaurant Portions Are Gigantic

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    Restaurant portion sizes have exploded in the last 20 years, almost doubling in calories and heft. Are we on the verge of Idiocracy's massive fast food behemoths like "Extra Big Ass Taco?"