If you wanna hint of the future don’t go to Tarot cards,fortune teller-just watch the Simpsons

Quite a coincidence
a Simpsons episode back in 1993

The Simpsons writer jokes the show predicted coronavirus outbreak in 1993

George Griffiths
Saturday 14 Mar 2020 10:05 am
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The Simpsons writer admits the show predicted the coronavirus in 1993 (Picture: Fox)

A writer for The Simpsons has joked that, yes, basically the show did predict the outbreak of coronavirus all the way back in 1993.

You’re welcome?

Mike Reiss, who served as a showrunner on the hit animated comedy, took to Twitter to re-share a video of the 21st episode of the show’s fourth season, Marge In Chains, where the residents of Springfield become struck down with Osaka Flu.

Reiss wrote: ‘The whole “Simpsons predicted it” thing is silly, but The Simpsons predicted it.’

Well, that’s us told.

The episode in question revolves around the residents of Springfield becoming addicted to juicing, leading them to mass order fancy blenders.

Things took a turn for the worst, however, when workers in Japan assembling the blenders get sick and spread disease to Springfield.

The whole ‘Simpsons predicted it’ thing is silly, but the Simpsons predicted it.https://t.co/aUdEw2cfUZ— Mike Reiss (@MikeReissWriter) March 14, 2020
After the Osaka Flu spreads, the residents of the town descend into mass hysteria.

Oh, and Marge gets arrested for shoplifting because of course.

Osaka Flu hit Springfield in 1993 (Picture: Fox)
The disease in question here may have originated in Osaka, Japan instead of Wuhan, China but we appreciate the effort of the writers.

Of course, this is The Simpsons we’re talking about so news that the programme has eerily predicted current events is nothing new.


All the predictions The Simpsons got right about 2021

Just in the last few days we’ve realised that the show may have also predicted Tom Hanks contracting coronavirus too all the way back in 2007.

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