'The Simpsons' and coronavirus/murder hornets? Shows and movies that predicted the future

Did the same 1993 episode also predict Kobe Bryant's death?

Stars Insider

08/05/20 | StarsInsider

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In the world of fiction, anything is possible. Yet there are some movie/show plots and story lines that include creative and seemingly foreshadowing details that later end up becoming startlingly true.

'The Simpsons' are repeat offenders in this regard, but a 1993 episode really outdoes itself. In 'Marge in Chains,' a virus called Osaka Flu takes over Springfield after residents order juicers from Asia (more specifically, Japan). In that same episode, a box is knocked over that releases killer bees! What's more,  a news reporter in a helicopter is heard repeatedly saying “going around and around,” which some conspiracy theorists are saying foreshadowed Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash. It's all a bit of a stretch, but it could be argued that the episode summed up some of the major dramas of 2020.

Click through this gallery and take a look back at other series and films that looked forward to predict world events, new technology, and social and cultural change.

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