As all fans of The Simpsons will know, the show has an uncanny knack of predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency, the Covid pandemic and even the 9/11 tragedy.
And now, viewers are convinced it’s predicted something even more unlikely – the Metaverse.
What is the Metaverse, exactly? Well, it’s a world of endless, interconnected virtual communities where people can meet, work and play, using virtual reality headsets, augmented reality glasses, smartphone apps or other devices.
It was championed by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, now known as Meta, last year.
And now, The Simpsons is said to have predicted it more than 10 years ago – at least according to certain fans, that is.
Season 23 episode Holidays of Future Passed, which first aired in 2011, sees Lisa Simpsons head into the ‘ultra net’. It sees people interact in an immersive online world in scenes pretty similar to the kinds of virtual reality world we’ve seen teased over recent months.
While it might be a push to say it predicted every detail of the Metaverse, it’s not unlike the world teased by Mark Zuckerberg last year.
People online seem pretty convinced, with one social media user writing: ‘The Simpsons predicting the Metaverse in 2011.’
Another added: ‘Did simpsons predict Metaverse or did mark zuckerberg steal that idea from simpsons? (sic).’
It’s not the first time the show has appeared to make predictions eerily close to the truth – and we doubt it’ll be the last.
It comes after The Simpsons writer addressed the show’s somewhat psychic ability to predict some of the biggest events on the planet over the last 32 years.
Al Jean, who is one of the original writers of the series, gave his verdict on how the show has managed to do it.
Speaking to NME, Al noted how one of his fellow writers gave a very simple explanation: ‘If you write 700 episodes, and you don’t predict anything, then you’re pretty bad. If you throw enough darts, you’re going to get some bullseyes…’
Other phenomenons which the show is said to have predicted correctly include the Capitol Riots of 2021, Richard Branson going into space and even the horsemeat scandal.
Al went on to add: ‘The 9/11 one is so bizarre… There was a brochure reading $9 a day with an 11 styled up like the towers. That was in ‘96, which was crazy, like this insane coincidence.
‘But mostly it’s just educated guesses. Stanley Kubrick made the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 and there’s Zoom and iPads in it.
‘That’s because he had futurologists helping construct what the world might look like in 30 years’ time.’
The Simpsons is available to stream on Disney Plus.