11 Simpsons Predictions That Came True

Yucky soy snacks? Check. Crazy celebrities? Got 'em.
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2010 6:00 PM CDT
This undated image made available by Fox Broadcasting Co. shows the cartoon family the Simpsons, from left: Lisa, Marge, Maggie, Homer and Bart, posing in front of their home.   (AP Photo/Fox Broadcasting Co.)

(Newser) – During its sixth season in 1995, The Simpsons gazed into the future—specifically, 2010—in the “Lisa’s Wedding” episode. Writing at 11points.com, Sam Greenspan lists 11 things about this year the episode got right:

  • Soy snacks: Not only did the show predict their popularity, it also “nailed their horrible, horrible flavor.”
  • Celebrity arrests: “During Kent Brockman's newscast, he lets viewers know that if they see any celebrities, consider them dangerous”—and today, “celebrities really do get arrested at a prodigious rate.”

  • Rolling Stones still at it: A poster for the “Rolling Stones Steel Wheelchair Tour 2010” is shown, and the band is now “old but still going strong,” Greenspan writes. They “really ignored the whole ‘live fast, die young’ credo of rock-and-roll.”
  • Credit cards everywhere: In the Simpsons episode, plastic is used at a vending machine. And it’s true: “2010 is the time when we'll happily jam our credit cards into anything. We sure as hell aren't going to carry around a bunch of cash anymore. We're not cavemen after all.”
  • Thousands of cable channels: Yep, got that, Greenspan concludes: “And yet we still watch the same Simpsons episodes over and over and over.”
For the complete list, click here—or for the follow-up, 11 predictions the show got wrong, click here.

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