1A Three-Eyed Fish Caught Near A Power Plant
Twenty years later, three Argentinean fishermen were shocked when they pulled up a three-eyed fish from the Chorro de Agua Caliente reservoir. Just like Blinky, this fish was swimming in a body of water that receives water from the local power plant. Unlike Mr. Burns though, the three men were smart enough not to try a taste of the mutated fish and instead turned it over to a lab for testing. (Source 1 | Source 2)
2A Voting Booth Malfunction Opposing Obama
While other shows have made light of rigged voting machines, a cell phone video of the real-life voting machine shows the error is strikingly similar to the one seen on The Simpsons (although, fortunately, no real voters were swallowed and murdered by their voting machines).
3The Blood-Spraying Billboard
That was in 1992. Fast forward to 2008, when Kill Bill was first played on TV2 in New Zealand and Saatchi & Saatchi was hired to promote the premiere. The team installed billboards in some of the biggest Auckland intersections that appeared to spray blood off the billboard and even onto the street below. The cars that got painted were props, and were driven by innocent passers-by like the couple in the Itchy and Scratchy ad. In 1992 it seemed preposterous that such a gory billboard would exist but once again, The Simpsons were just looking into the future. (Source 1 | Source 2)
4A Tiger Mauling His Magician Master
In 2003, Siegfried and Roy were on stage with a white tiger when the animal turned on Roy, mauling him in front of a massive audience. While some argued that it was only a matter of time before the wild animal reverted to its natural instincts, The Simpsons' version was undeniably close to the real incident, though it aired almost ten years earlier. (Source 1 | Source 2)
You might be thinking, so why is this on the list if The Simpsons merely referenced a news story two years after it broke? Well, the The Simpsons Movie wasn't the first time the writers of the show referenced NSA snooping. Just look at this screen grab from the 1997 episode "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)." That's right, in this quick gag, The Simpsons writers made light of NSA spying years before the government agency even started their modern surveillance program as part of the War on Terror. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3)
In 1998, Bart and Homer start stealing grease to resell to recycling plants. Ten years later, the New York Times reported a spike in grease theft sparked by the product's price doubling as biodiesel took off.
Coincidence? Maybe, but The Simpsons still did it first. (Source)
7An Airplane Restaurant
As you might have guessed by the name, The Airplane Restaurant is a restaurant that operates inside of an old, grounded plane. Fortunately for parents who visit, the simulated turbulence created when employees use a stick to push up and down on the wings has remained in the realm of fiction. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)
9The Mass of the Higgs Boson
But there are those out there who believe The Simpsons were mockingly bragging about having advanced knowledge about a plot to destroy the Twin Towers on September 11th. These conspiracy theorists argue that the show is ran by the Illuminati and has made light of the ebola outbreak of 2014 as well. Like many conspiracy theories, this one is hard for the average person to swallow, but those who wear tin hats and constantly worry about Freemasons and the Illuminati will certainly be concerned.
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