Ahhh 1997! What a wonderful year that was! It was the year of Titanic, which was the most popular film at the box office, grossing more than two times the amount of the movie that took second place, Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It was the year that two of my favorite movies came out, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and Barry Sonnefeld’s Men in Black. It also saw the debuts of two of my favorite television shows from back in the day, South Park and King of the Hill.
Today, we learned that 1997 may also be the year that The Simpsons predicted the 2018 World Cup final, which should come as no surprise to fans of the show and pop culture, as it has already been touted as predicting major events such as the Trump presidency, the currently pending Disney-Fox merger, and Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Halftime Show.
This time around, it’s football (ahem, soccer) that gets the nod, thanks to this clip from 1997’s “The Cartridge Family.” Specifically, it references the potential final match of the World Cup between Mexico and Portugal, and alludes to the idea of a scandal involving the Mexican team, which echoes this year’s scandal involving the Mexican team. Take a look at the clip below.
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It is also worth mentioning that if this World Cup prediction comes true, it wouldn’t be the first time The Simpsons did it. They are already on the record as having predicted Germany’s World Cup win in 2014, in an episode entitled “You Don’t Have To Live Like A Referee.”
Given the World Cup is still ongoing, this result might not come to fruition, however the prospect of it doing so should serve as exciting news for Simpson’s fans as well as people who love symmetry and/or believe in oracles.
What are your thoughts on the cultural mysticism that is The Simpsons?
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