19 years ago, an episode of "The Simpsons" predicted that Donald Trump would one day become US president.
And this wasn't the only time the writers have managed to predict the future.
The most recent prediction to come to light is from an episode two years ago, which preempted Daenerys Targaryen's big plot twist on Sunday night's penultimate episode of "Game of Thrones."
"The Simpsons" has been running for over 27 years, so it's inevitable that some themes that crop up in the show might occur in real life. But some of the plotlines are eerily close to events that have happened throughout the world.
Here are some of the strangest predictions the cartoon's writers have made since the show's launch in 1989, from Homer discovering the Higgs boson to animators drawing The Shard in London almost 20 years before it was built.
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Here are 18 times "The Simpsons" predicted the future, in order of their appearance on the show:
1. Ikan bermata tiga - Musim 2, Episod 4
Dalam episod ini dari tahun 1990, Bart menangkap ikan bermata tiga bernama Blinky di sungai oleh loji kuasa, yang menjadi tajuk utama tempatan.
Lebih dari satu dekad kemudian, seekor ikan bermata tiga ditemui di sebuah takungan di Argentina. Anehnya, takungan itu sendiri diberi makan oleh air dari loji tenaga nuklear.
2. The censorship of Michelangelo's David — Season 2, Episode 9
An episode from 1990 titled "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge" showed Springfieldians protesting against Michelangelo's statue of David being exhibited in the local museum, calling the artwork obscene for its nudity.
Satira penapisan menjadi kenyataan pada bulan Julai 2016, ketika para penyokong kempen Rusia memilih untuk mengenakan salinan patung Renaissance yang telah didirikan di St Petersburg tengah.
3. Surat dari The Beatles - Musim 2, Episod 18
In 1991, an episode of "The Simpsons" saw The Beatles' Ringo Star diligently answering fan mail that had been written decades ago.
Pada bulan September 2013, dua peminat Beatles dari Essex menerima balasan dari Paul McCartney kepada sepucuk surat dan rakaman yang mereka kirim ke band 50 tahun yang lalu. Rakaman tersebut dihantar ke sebuah teater London yang dimainkan oleh band ini tetapi ditemui bertahun-tahun kemudian dalam penjualan but kereta oleh seorang sejarawan.
In 2013, the BBC's "The One Show" reunited the pair with their letter, plus a reply from McCartney.
4. Serangan harimau Siegfried dan Roy - Musim 5, Episod 10
The Simpsons parodied entertainers Siegfried & Roy in a 1993 episode called "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalised Gambling)." During the episode, the magicians are viciously mauled by a trained white tiger while performing in a casino.
Pada tahun 2003, Roy Horn dari Siegfried dan Roy diserang semasa persembahan langsung oleh Montecore, salah satu harimau putih mereka. Dia hidup tetapi mengalami kecederaan parah dalam serangan itu.
5. Skandal Horsemeat - Musim 5, Episod 19
In 1994, Lunchlady Doris used "assorted horse parts" to make lunch for students at Springfield Elementary.
Sembilan tahun kemudian, Lembaga Keselamatan Makanan Ireland menjumpai DNA kuda di lebih satu pertiga sampel daging lembu dari pasar raya dan makanan siap, dan terdapat 85% babi di babi.
6. Autocorrect - Musim 6, Episod 8
School bullies Kearny and Dolph take a memo to "beat up Martin" on a Newton device in an episode of "The Simpsons" that aired in 1994. The memo gets quickly translated to "eat up Martha" — an early foreshadowing of autocorrect frustrations.
"The Simpsons" was lampooning Apple's underwhelming Newton — the iPhone's ancient ancestor — that had just been released, and included shoddy handwriting recognition, according to Fast Company.
Nitin Ganatra, former director of engineering iOS applications at Apple, told Fast Company that this particular moment on "The Simpsons" served as inspiration to get the iPhone keyboard right.
7. Jam Tangan Pintar - Musim 6, Episod 19
"The Simpsons" introduced the idea of a watch you could use as a phone in an episode aired in 1995, nearly 20 years before the Apple Watch was released.
8. Penemuan The Shard - Musim 6, Episod 19
The "Lisa's Wedding" episode from 1995 came with a lot of unexpected predictions. During Lisa's trip to London, we see a skyscraper behind Tower Bridge that looks eerily similar to The Shard, and it's is even in the right location.
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9. Pustakawan robot - Musim 6, Episod 19
In "Lisa's Wedding," we discover that librarians have been replaced with robots in the "Simpsons" universe.
Lebih dari 20 tahun kemudian, pelajar robotik dari University of Aberystwyth membina prototaip untuk robot perpustakaan berjalan, sementara para saintis di Singapura telah mula menguji pustakawan robot mereka sendiri.
10. Penemuan persamaan Higgs boson - Musim 8, Episod 1
In a 1998 episode called "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace," Homer Simpson becomes an inventor and is shown in front of a complicated equation on a blackboard.
According to Simon Singh, the author of "The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets," the equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson particle. It was first predicted in 1964 by Professor Peter Higgs and five other physicists, but it wasn't until 2013 that scientists discovered proof of the Higgs boson in a £10.4 billion ($13 billion) experiment.
11. Wabak Ebola - Musim 9, Episod 3
Some people maintain that "The Simpsons" predicted the 2014 outbreak of Ebola 17 years before it happened. In a scene from the episode "Lisa's Sax," Marge suggests a sick Bart read a book titled "Curious George and the Ebola Virus." The virus wasn't particularly widespread in the 1990s, but years later it was the top of the news agenda.
Ebola pertama kali ditemui pada tahun 1976, dan walaupun wabah terbaru ini adalah yang terburuk, ia membunuh 254 orang di Republik Demokratik Kongo pada tahun 1995 dan 224 di Uganda pada tahun 2000.
12. Disney membeli 20th Century Fox - Musim 10, Episod 5
In the episode "When You Dish Upon a Star" that originally aired in 1998, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer produce a script Homer pitches. The script is being produced at 20th Century Fox, and a sign in front of the studio's headquarters reveals that it is "a division of Walt Disney Co."
On December 14, 2017, Disney purchased 21st Century Fox for an estimated $52.4 billion, acquiring Fox's film studio (20th Century Fox), in addition to a bulk of its television production assets. The media conglomerate also has access to popular entertainment properties like "X-Men," "Avatar," and "The Simpsons."
13. Penemuan tanaman tomat - Musim 11, Episod 5
In 1999, Homer uses nuclear energy to create a hybrid of tomato and tobacco plants: the "tomacco."
This inspired US "Simpsons" fan Rob Baur to create his own plant. In 2003, Baur grafted together a tobacco root and a tomato stem to make "tomacco." Writers for "The Simpsons" were so impressed that they invited Baur and his family to their offices and ate the tomacco fruit themselves.
14. Mesin pengundian yang rosak - Musim 20, Episod 4
In 2008, "The Simpsons" showed Homer trying to vote for Barack Obama in the US general election, but a faulty machine changed his vote.
Four years later, a voting machine in Pennsylvania had to be removed after it kept changing people's votes for Barack Obama to ones for his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
15. AS mengalahkan Sweden ketika melengkung di temasya Olimpik - Musim 21, Episod 12
Dalam salah satu kegelisahan terbesar di Olimpik Musim Sejuk 2018, pasukan curling AS memenangi emas berbanding pasukan kegemaran, Sweden.
This historical win was predicted in a 2010 episode of "The Simpsons," called "Boy Meets Curl." In the episode, Marge and Homer Simpson compete in curling at the Vancouver Olympics and beat Sweden.
In real life the U.S. Men's Olympic Curling Team won a gold medal after defeating Sweden even though they were behind, which is exactly how it played out on "The Simpsons." The victory is the second curling medal ever for the United States (not including Marge and Homer's, of course).
16. Pemenang Hadiah Nobel - Musim 22, Episod 1
MIT professor Bengt Holmström won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2016, six years after he was bet on to win the Nobel Prize on "The Simpsons."
Holmström's name appears on a betting scorecard when Martin, Lisa, Database, and Milhouse bet on Nobel Prize winners.
17. Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show — Season 23, Episode 22
Pada tahun 2012, Lady Gaga membuat persembahan untuk bandar Springfield yang tergantung di udara. Lima tahun kemudian, dia terbang dari bumbung Stadium Houston NRG dalam kehidupan nyata untuk melakukan pertunjukan separuh masa Super Bowl.
18. Daenerys Targaryen's big plot twist in 'Game of Thrones' — Season 29, Episode 1
Warning: Spoilers ahead for HBO's "Game of Thrones" season eight, episode five, "The Bells."
On the latest episode of "Game of Thrones," Daenerys Targaryen shocked fans when she and her dragon laid waste to an already surrendered King's Landing, obliterating thousands of innocent people.
In 2017, on a season 29 episode of "The Simpsons" titled "The Serfsons," which spoofed various aspects of "Game of Thrones" — including the Three-Eyed Raven and the Night King — Homer revives a dragon that proceeds to incinerate a village.
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