The Simpsons has been weirdly accurate at predicting future events. From mutant tomatoes to Facetime and the horse meat scandal, they’ve really not missed a beat – and last night’s episode was no exception.
Now, if you’re a golf fan, you’ll know that legendary golfer Arnold Palmer died last night. On that same night, Palmer was coincidentally mentioned numerous times on Sunday’s season premiere of The Simpsons.
And it’s an incredibly spooky coincidence. Or as some have said, a prediction.
While telling Marge of a prank he’s planning, Homer explains that he and Carl are going to ‘Arnold Palmer’ Lenny by shooting him with water guns full of iced tea and lemonade.
Marge doesn’t understand, so Homer tells her, ‘Arnold Palmer was a golfer’ who ‘made up this drink where it’s not a full glass of lemonade or a full glass of iced tea.’
The timing of the episode was just minutes before news of Palmer’s death was first reported.
Naturally, everyone thought the coincidence was extremely eerie:
Creepy coincidence, the Simpsons had a longish Arnold Palmer joke in tonight’s premiere.
— Jason Carlin (@the2scoops) September 26, 2016
In an unbelievable coincidence, the Simpsons season premiere tonight mentions Arnold Palmer FOUR times. #truth
— Erin Davis (@erindavis) September 26, 2016
There was an Arnold Palmer reference tonight on The Simpsons. So weird. pic.twitter.com/4obYfm2B5T
— Kirk Nawrotzky (@KirkNawrotzky) September 26, 2016
The Simpsons airs an extended Arnold Palmer joke just as news of the legendary golfer's death breaks. Another uncanny Simpsons coincidence.
— Adrian Wyllie (@WyllieForGov) September 26, 2016
Arnold Palmer was mentioned on the Simpsons tonight and promptly died having achieved all of life's greatest moments.
— NolaChick (@TheNolaChick) September 26, 2016
And this isn’t the first time The Simpsons has predicted a celebrity death. The show has also inadvertently paid tribute to Prince, David Bowie, and Alan Rickman.
Is this proof that The Simpsons can predict the future? Probably not, but it would be unfair to rule it out completely…