From predicting the election of US President Donald Trump to the invention of smartwatches, The Simpsons featured storylines which were eerily close to real-life happenings. Now, when the world is scrambling to contain the deadly coronavirus pandemic, internet users noted that the animated series came close to predicting the ongoing crisis as well.
An episode titled ‘Marge in China’ from 1993 became an internet sensation as it shows a mysterious virus from Asia invading the town of Springfield. In the episode, the virus starts in Japan, where a sick factory employee sneezes into numerous packages conlang juicers which is later bought by people in Springfield. The opening of the packages leads to spreading of the virus. While the series named the virus ‘Osaka Flu’, the symptoms of the flu were eerily similar to that of COVID-19.
Similar to coronavirus, the ‘Osaka flu’ also spreads quickly through the town and Springfield citizens battle the flu same way as the entire world is currently handling the deadly virus. In the clip shared on Twitter, one can see the Springfield resident demanding a cure. The episode also predicts the ‘murderous hornets’ as the town people also unleash a swarm of killer bees.
The prophetic nature of The Simpson’s continues to shock and amaze. Presenting: The Year 2020— Coy Jandreau (@CoyJandreau) May 6, 2020
Since being shared, the video has been viewed more than six million times. The clip has left several internet users amazed. One Twitter user even wrote, “Wait maybe this caused 2020? Did the Simpsons fly too close to the sun?”.
When will yall realize that everything is planned lmao the Simpsons isn't predicting anything. Things are put in our faces all the time and no one notices shit— Bacon, Egg and Sneeze (@TyQuazeDaGifMan) May 6, 2020
it's the power of probability: the simpsons churned out many episodes that made fun of pop culture on a regular basis, so it was inevitable that a few of their satirical predictions would come true.— Mythic Suns (@BENONTWlTTER) May 6, 2020
If we live long enough, we'll eventually see every Simpsons gag play out in real life.— Sean Whitmore (@SeanWhitmore) May 6, 2020
usually i get annoyed when ppl are like "simpsons predicted [insert easily predictable stuff here]" but this is way too specific omg— jon "aaaaaahhhh" butter (@thejonbutter) May 6, 2020
They even got the killer hornets right.— JoeyWaggoner (@JW_Cartoonist) May 6, 2020
Maybe we should just ask the Simpsons writers what's going to happen next.