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Did ‘The Simpsons’ predict Russia-Ukraine crisis way back in 1998!

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: It’s kind of getting creepy now how ‘the Simpsons’ has accurately predicted some of the life events in their show. In fact, some of the plot lines are eerily close to events that this animated sitcom has taken us all by shock.

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Known for making several pop-culture predictions, the Simpson, has left us surprised with its so many co-incidences with reality. And like always this time too the fans of the animated sitcom were amused to see an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ that seems to have predicted the Russian-Ukraine crisis way back in 1998! 

Notably, Russia has built up tens of thousands of troops along the Ukrainian border, an act of aggression that could spiral into the largest military conflict on European soil in decades.

Amused by the eerie similarity of the events, some fans of ‘The Simpsons’ took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, and shared videos of an 1998 episode, “called Simpson Tide,” which predicted the return of the Soviet Union and a new Cold War way, when Boris Yeltsin was president.

In this uncanny clip, we can see how Soviet Union re-emerged post a United Nations meet between Russia and the United States. Meanwhile, Lenin is seen breaking out of a glass coffin, in a zombie-like fashion, claiming he “must crush capitalism”. Although, experts are of view that even if Russia invades Ukraine, Soviet Union would never be back, but the video somehow indicates the current tensions.

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Here are a few more predictions by ‘The Simpsons’ that were true

Richard Branson’s stint in the space

As Richard Branson and his crew-mates from Virgin Galactic touched the edge of space in May 2021, several fans of this animated show claimed that the event may already have been predicted by ‘The Simpsons’ in its Season 20, which shows an astronaut in a spaceship who very much resembles the British billionaire  Richard Branson.

US Capitol Hill violence

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While the Capitol Building in Washington was being stormed by Donald Trump’s supporters protesting the results of the US presidential elections, fans of the show noted how the Capitol Hill violence was predicted in season 7 of the series in episode 18. Aired on March 17, 1996, the episode is titled “The day the Violence Died.”

The video shows characters storming the capitol holding guns, and even bombs. In the particular episode, Krusty the Clown presents ‘I’m an Amendment to Be’, depicting a Constitutional Amendment’s attempt to ban flag burning.

Kamala Harris’ purple inauguration outfit

Call it a coincidence or prediction, but popular animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons’ seemed to have already envisioned US Vice President Kamala Harris’ symbolic purple outfit 21-years ago.

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In “Bart to the Future” episode, broadcast in 2000, an adult Lisa Simpson is depicted as the incoming president of the United States, taking over from Donald Trump. The outfit that she wears is almost the same as the one worn by Kamala Harris.

Just like Lisa, Harris also sported a purple pantsuit, with a matching purple top, accompanied by pearl earrings and a necklace during her historic swearing-in as the nation’s first south Asian and Black vice president of America.

Trump’s presidential victory

Before Donald Trump’s win in the US elections in 2016, the Simpsons, back in 2000, in the Season 11 had predicted that the billionaire businessman would become the president of America. In its episode “Bart to the Future” the popular animated American TV series ‘The Simpsons’ had predicted the so unpredictable event of America’s history.

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