‘The Simpsons’ is one of the most, if not the most popular animated sitcoms of all time. It has been running since 1989 and is famous for its parodical depiction of the typical American society. But that’s not the only thing it is known for. In the past couple of decades, the show has made some eerie predictions that have come true. This had made a lot of people wonder whether the writers of the show are time travelers or some divine prophets.
How do they know about these things and how their alleged predictions are spot-on? These are the questions that are in a lot of people’s minds. Many predictions have been made, ranging from the war between Russia and Ukraine to coronavirus in over 700 episodes that have come out so far. But one question that looms over the heads of many is “did the Simpsons predict 9/11”?
This theory comes from episode 1 season 9 of the sitcom “The city of New York VS. Homer Simpson”. In a scene from the episode, Lisa is holding a New York flyer with 9 dollars written in the middle in big font. Other than that, the twin towers are also visible beside it but their shape makes them look like an 11. Everything combined makes it seem like the flyer is hinting at the incident of 9/11. But the weird thing about this is that this episode came out in 1997 which is about four years before the 9/11 attacks happened.
Did They Really Predict It?
With all these instances that referred to the attacks, it is quite obvious that people believed this prediction to be more than a coincidence. However, Josh Weinstein has debunked all these theories. Josh has helped write quite a lot of episodes for the sitcom and has claimed the theory to be completely false. He said that it was just a big coincidence.
His answer is clear from a comment where he answers the question of a fan regarding the truth behind the theories from the show. He states that the towers are shown because that’s where that particular episode is set. Furthermore, the reason behind the 9 dollars is that it seemed like a comically little amount for a bus fare. His answer helped clear a lot of the conspiracies surrounding this prediction.
The reason behind most of these theories seems to be the smart brains of the writers. They make calculated assumptions about what might happen in the future and write accordingly. And out of the 700-plus episodes, something has to be true. We can easily say that more than the characters, it is the writers that have made the show what it is. And with so many smart and creative minds, some crazy things are bound to happen. But even though this 9/11 prediction theory is an insane coincidence, it is something that even the writers find to be utterly bizarre.
Some Other Predictions Done By The Simpsons
Other than the “Simpsons predict 9/11” theory, there are quite a few other alleged predictions that the show has made that have gained interest from a lot of people. These include everything from significant events in pop culture to political happenings. Here are two of the most popular ones.
1. Trump’s Presidency
This is another crazy prediction made by The Simpsons. It originated from episode 17 of season 11 of the sitcom which aired in March of 2000. The episode takes place in the future when Lisa gets elected President of the United States. She is concerned about the country’s financial situation after Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump ended up becoming president years later in 2016. The financial condition of America was also not the best during his years as POTUS.
2. Disney Acquiring Fox
This prediction is from episode 5 of season 10 which came out in the year 1998. In the episode, viewers can see a sign of the 20th Century Fox. Below it is written “A division of Walt Disney Co.” It seemed like a random joke at that time, but Disney ended up buying 21 Century Fox in the year 2017. The acquisition was finalized 2 years later.
The Walt Disney Company to Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., After Spinoff of Certain Businesses, for $52.4 Billion in Stock: https://t.co/XeOzZXaRBn
— The Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) December 14, 2017
After learning about the comments from the writers who worked on that episode, it would now hopefully be clear that this incident was not a 9/11 prediction but a mere coincidence. This theory does make your head spiral since it’s hard to reason with logic, but it is best to let the misinformation clear out.
There are still going to be some people that would claim this information to be false and would be firm on the beliefs that the show is somehow connected to that day. In the end, it’s up to you to choose what you want to believe and what you don’t want to believe.