As fans of the hit animated comedy know, The Simpsons has an uncanny ability to predict the future. Here is another example.
As you may have heard, the United States’ curling team won their first ever Olympic gold medal on February 24, defeating Sweden’s curling team 10-7. The victory came as a surprise to most; almost everyone expected Sweden to win. The United States isn’t really known for curling, after all, and Sweden’s team is considered top notch.
Actually, the United States was almost eliminated just a week prior to their surprising win. This was the result of losing to Norway, but the United States then went on to win five in a row. They actually beat Canada twice in four days.
So while most of us were sort of surprised by the United States’ victory, the writers of The Simpsons probably weren’t. They predicted a similar victory eight years ago.
Simpsons visste redan 2010 😭🥌🥌 pic.twitter.com/DgQLrLAXTr
— Eurosport Sverige (@EurosportSE) February 24, 2018
In an episode called “Boy Meets Curl”, The Simpsons’ characters Homer and Marge start a curling team with Seymour Skinner and his mother Agnes. They eventually end up competing in the Winter Olympics in 2010, which were held in Vancouver, Canada.
At the end of the episode, they end up defeating Sweden and taking home a gold medal.
The episode initially aired on February 14, 2010—over eight years ago. The writers wanted to make an episode revolving around the Olympics that could be aired during the games; they considered having Homer compete in four-man bobsled, but changed their mind because curling could involve both Homer and Marge.
In order to make the episode as accurate as possible, the writers actually visited a real curling club and even played the sport themselves. They also consulted with mixed curling champions as well as the United States Curling Association’s chief operating officer.
The episode, which featured well-known American sportscaster Bob Costas playing a caricature of himself, was well received by both critics and viewers.
— Fan ProJect Staff (@fannproject) February 24, 2018
The writers of the episode did use a little artistic license; while curling was an Olympic sport back in 2010, mixed-doubles was not an Olympic event at the time—although it now is. The writers wanted to explore issues regarding spouses competing together, though, and wanted a plot that revolved around both Homer and Marge.
The Simpsons really does seem to have the ability to predict future events that would have once seemed unlikely. For example, years ago, few ever really expected Donald J. Trump to eventually become the 45th President of the United States.
However, back in 2000, the show predicted he would one day become the leader of the free world. This occurred in an episode called “Bart To The Future”. In that episode, the character of Lisa becomes President after Donald Trump, and she has to fix a budget crisis created by him.
That episode wasn’t very well received when it first aired; in fact, in 2003, it was named the worst episode of the Simpsons. However, the episode definitely ended up getting a lot of attention in November of 2016 when Donald Trump managed to win the presidency of the United States.
The Simpsons also managed to predict the spread of the Ebola virus. If you’ll recall, back in 2014 there was an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Curiously, during a 1997 episode of The Simpsons, Marge suggests that Bart—who has a fever—should read a book called “Curious George and the Ebola Virus”.
It was a kind of funny joke at the time, but Ebola is no laughing matter. The fatality rate of Ebola is almost 50 percent—or higher, depending on the strain of the virus—and the virus has killed thousands of people.
The Simpsons even predicted the 2013 horsemeat scandal way back in 1994. For those unfamiliar with the scandal, which occurred in Europe, it was found that foods advertised as containing beef actually contained a certain amount of horse meat. This came to light when horse DNA was found in frozen burgers sold in supermarkets in Ireland and Great Britain.
During a 1994 episode of The Simpsons, a cafeteria lunch lady uses horse meat when preparing the children’s school meals.
So The Simpsons is pretty good at predicting unlikely things—and we can now add the United States’ curling victory to that list. Time will tell if the long-running animated series has predicted other improbable things.