“The Simpsons” have always been known for clever storylines and hidden insights – and 16 years ago they predicted Donald Trump would become president of the United States.
Early morning Nov. 9 2016, it became reality after a shocking upset that left many reeling.
The episode – “Bart to the Future” – allows Bart to see his future-self in which he’s broke and still living with his parents, whereas his little sister, Lisa, becomes president of the United States – following The Donald’s time in office.
“How bad is it? The country is broke? How can it be?”
Canadian immigration website crashes during American election
As we hope this doesn’t actually come to fruition we take a close look at some other eerie cartoon predictions that did come to life:
Family Guy – Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation
In a 2009 episode of Family Guy, while on the set of “The Hills,” Stewie spots Brody Jenner and tells Brian he “can’t believe THAT came out of Bruce Jenner’s vagina,” to which Brian corrects him to tell him Bruce Jenner is, in fact, a man.
“No, Brian, that’s what the press would have you believe but he’s not,” Stewie says to Brian.
Clinton supporter Katy Perry reveals her parents voted Trump
“Bruce Jenner is a woman. An elegant, beautiful, Dutch woman,” he adds.
Simpsons – Siegfried Roy tiger attack
In 2003, a 380-pound white tiger mauled and seriously injured illusionist Roy Horn on a Las Vegas stage.
“The Simpsons” predicted it ten years before it happened in the episode “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling” which sees Mr. Burns open up a casino.
Celebrities disappointed as Donald Trump is elected president
Gunter and Ernst – a parody of the Las Vegas pair – perform in the Monty Burns Casino and are fatally attacked by their trademark tiger, Anastasia.
South Park – Confederate Flag uproar
In season four of “South Park,” the townspeople debate changing their town flag as it has racist connotations – but some people defend the flag because it’s been there since the time of their ancestors.
In 2015, the state of Mississippi’s flag was the topic of hot debate after college students called on schools and lawmakers to rename buildings named after white supremacists and remove the Confederate flag – which 72% of African-Americans in the U.S. polled felt was racist.
Russia celebrates as Trump takes White House on Election Day
“That flag represents a time when blacks were persecuted by whites,” Chef says in one scene.
American Dad – Fast and the Furious 7 and a fatal accident
In the eighth season of “American Dad,” Steve and his friends are on a hike when they stumble upon a plane crash.
The boys check out the plane and find a dead victim sitting in his seat with the script of “Fast and the Furious 7” on his lap. Steve picks up the script and starts reading it aloud to his friends.
The episode – called “American Stepdad” – aired in 2011 and “Fast and the Furious Star” Paul Walker died two years later in 2013 in a tragic car accident. He died during the making of “Fast and the Furious 7” – an eerie premonition? Perhaps.
SpongeBob Squarepants predicts Google Chrome
In an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants where Squidward travels into the future, SpongeBob surmises to his tentacled-friend that “everything is Chrome in the future!”
“It’s not possible – he’s lying!” Squidward shrieks.
Could he be talking about popular web browser Google Chrome? Some cartoon-conspiracy theorists seem to think so.
Send a Letter to the Editor