As well as being one of the longest TV series (29 seasons and counting), The Simpsons has a brilliant track record of predicting the future.
Some might call it a gift – others would call it a curse – as they’ve correctly forewarned us about the outbreak of Ebola, the horsemeat scandal and the discovery of the Higgs boson equation. They even correctly guessed Donald Trump would one day become President of the United States back in 2002!
Now it looks like the show may have inadvertently predicted the two teams to play in the finals of the World Cup on July 15.
Thanks to an episode dating all the way back to 1997 Mexico and Portugal fans are convinced they’ll be the final two teams to duke it out for the coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
In the fifth episode from season nine, The Cartridge Family, a match ‘to determine which nation is the greatest on earth’ is played out between Mexico and Portugal. For some strange reason, it was played in the town of Springfield – it wasn’t even a World Cup tournament. I usually find it best not to overthink these things, after all this is a show where the town’s celebrity clown encourages his monkey assistant to smoke like a chimney.
As the match was played in the States – where they call ‘football’ ‘soccer’, and ‘American football’ ‘football’ – the residents of Springfield quickly realised they found the beautiful game quite boring. So instead they indulged in another pastime football fans used to enjoy, good old football hooliganism [Note: we at UNILAD do not encourage or promote that kind of behaviour].
While the match couldn’t determine a winner, passionate Portuguese and Mexican fans are convinced the two teams will meet at next month’s finals.
According to Portuguese newspaper Eco:
Although there is no clear indication of what year the match takes places in, one detail has led viewers to believe that it’s the 2018 World Cup final.
There seems to be a reference to the scandal that recently plagued the Mexican team who allegedly partied with several women before the beginning of the tournament.
The final might just be possible following Portugal’s dramatic draw with Iran on Monday (June 25) which saw them finish second in Group B behind 2010 World Cup winners Spain. It places them in the top half of the draw for the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, Mexico sits pretty at the top of Group F as they go into their final group game, against Sweden (K.O 15:00 BST June 27), having already qualified. If they win it means they remain top of the group and cannot meet Portugal until the final, according to the BBC.
Last March saw staple toy store Toys R Us close down, killing your childhood dreams, hopes and ambitions in the process. While it was inevitable in the current topsy-turvy economy if you asked someone in 2004 if it would’ve happened you’d most likely tell them ‘not in a million years’. You know who saw it coming in 2004?
You guessed it. The Simpsons soothsayers predicted the closures before the company themselves, according to fans of the show on Twitter.
In 2004’s episode of Marge vs Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays, a group of childless adults set out destroying every child-friendly thing in the fictional town of Springfield.
The group trashes ball pits, burn ‘children at play’ signs and deface Toys R Us by turning the logo’s backward ‘R’ to the proper direction as kids stand outside the store in tears.
The Simpsons predicted Toys R Us would close. pic.twitter.com/D2negagjWR
— Markell Bailey (@tenorbuds) March 22, 2018
Why is it the writers on The Simpsons never predict good things?
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