‘Simpsons’ episode predicted coronavirus — and murder hornets
Did the animated Nostradamus predict the present yet again?
In its 30 years on air, “The Simpsons” has proved to be a modern prophet, seemingly anticipating everything from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the “Game of Thrones” finale to Donald Trump’s presidency and Greece defaulting on an IMF loan repayment.
Now, fans believe the show deserves credit for calling the coronavirus decades ahead of time as well as the recent sightings of Asia’s “murder hornets” in the US — all in one episode.
An observant fan has resurfaced a clip from a 1993 episode, “Marge in Chains,” where, amidst an epidemic of the “Osaka flu,” Dr. Julius Hibbert tells an angry crowd chanting for a cure that “the only cure is bed rest — anything I’d give you would only be a placebo.” The townspeople then overturn a truck in search of placebos, and in the process, crash open a case of killer bees which immediately begin swarming and causing mass panic.
The scene not only forecasts the convergence of deadly flying insects and a pandemic but the moment after the Twitter clip cuts, a man is seen eating one of the bees and declaring, “I’m cured!” In real life, the deadly murder hornets are lethal, but also considered a crunchy, zesty snack in Japan.
“S - - t the Simpsons really did predict 2020,” the fan tweeted Tuesday with a clip of the scene.
This “Simpsons” episode is the second one to be credited with predicting the current global pandemic. In late March, the 1999 episode “Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken” was called out for a scene where news anchor Kent Brockman delivers the day’s headlines from his home, as a curfew has been imposed on non-seniors. “This is Kent Brockman . . . reporting from my own home,” he says, “in accordance with the new curfew for anyone under 70.”
The plot appears to parallel the current curfew rules which have been instituted in response to the novel coronavirus.
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