In honor of The Simpsons‘ recent 30 year anniversary, SEMrush has provided some digital statistics for the long-running animated series. SEMrush creates competitive intelligence solutions and so they were able to provide data for this article. As we begin a new year, we close out the old one leaving behind many unresolved questions. Chief among them, at least according to SEMrush is the big one: “What did The Simpsons predict?”
If you ask most people about The Simpsons, they know exactly who you are talking about. I mean, who hasn’t heard the phrase “Eat My Shorts!” famously spouted by Bart Simpson? In fact, according to SEMrush’s data, Bart Simpson is the most Googled character in America. Seconded by Homer Simpson (in 2nd place) by 17%, Sideshow Bob (3rd place) by 76%, and Marge Simpson.
So it’s easy to see why as culture continues to grow, people are asking, “is that cartoon predicting the future?” So much so in fact one of the most commonly Googled questions is “did The Simpsons predict Trump?” As we enter a new year, the hot topic seems to be, “did Simpsons predict World War III?” Because if they did, the recent killing of a top Iranian general raises the sort of flags that rile people up.
That being said, The Simpsons are pretty popular. It makes one wonder just how many of The Simpsons predictions have come true. So I checked, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, all I can say is ¡Ay, caramba!, because I don’t know how you can explain these spot-on predictions other than The Simpsons writing team being made of up a room full of mystics.
The Hollywood Reporter went as far as to create a list complete with 30 times The Simpsons predictions have come true. We all have heard about the famous episode that predicted businessman and reality star Donald Trump would win the Presidency. But there are several more that literally made my jaw drop. I mean a one-off prediction, that’s lucky. But at this rate, I’m hoping they do an episode showing some million dollar lottery numbers. So let’s not forget the time The Simpsons predicted Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox. There was also the time they predicted the FIFA corruption scandal. And there was even an episode featuring Homer scribbling a math equation on a chalkboard that a full decade later looked pretty similar to the scientific discovery of the Higgs Boson Particle. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m hoping we get another 30 years more of The Simpsons.
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