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21 Times "The Simpsons" Bizarrely Predicted The Future

Mutant vegetables? Stolen lemon trees? Robot librarians? It’s all happening.

1. In 1999, radiation spawned mutant tomatoes.

Season 11, Episode 5, “E-I-E-I-D’oh!”
Full mutant vegetable article here.

2. In 2008, Homer’s voting machine changed his vote.

Season 20, Episode 4, “Treehouse of Horror XIX”
Full faulty machine article here.

3. In 1995, an entire lemon tree was stolen.

Season 6, Episode 24, “Lemon of Troy”
Full lemon theft article here.

4. In 1995, Lisa’s “future” fiancé could verbally communicate with his watch.

Season 6, Episode 19, “Lisa’s Wedding”
Full “Smartwatch” segment here.

5. In 1996, TV evangelists worshipped “the all-mighty dollar.”

Season 7, Episode 12, “Team Homer”
Full pope article here.

6. In 1994, horse meat was a secret ingredient.

Season 5, Episode 19, “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song”
Full horse article here.

7. In 1998, Professor Fink made hamburger earmuffs.

Season 10, Episode 2, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”
Full hamburger earmuffs article here.

8. In 1994, an Apple product wasn’t always sure what its owner was trying to say.

Season 6, Episode 8, “Lisa on Ice”
FUN FACT: “Eat up Martha” helped design the iPhone. Read about that here.

9. In 1991, Ringo took decades to respond to his fans.

“They took the time to write me, and I don’t care if it takes me another 20 years. I’m going to answer every one of them.”

Season 2, Episode 18, “Brush With Greatness”
Full Beatles article here.

10. In 1998, Springfield kids were stoked about a yard work simulator.

Season 9, Episode 12, “Bart Carny”

11. In 1995, Lisa’s “future” college librarian was a robot.

Season 6, Episode 19, “Lisa’s Wedding”
Full robot librarian article here.

12. In 1992, Herb Powell built a baby translator.

Season 3, Episode 24, “Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?”
Full baby translator article here.

13. In 1995, a “future” dorm room had a Rolling Stones tour poster.

Season 6, Episode 19, “Lisa’s Wedding”

14. In 2002, before Guitar Hero existed, Mick and Keith gave Homer a Guitar Hero jacket.

Season 14, Episode 2, “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation”
Full “Guitar Hero” clip here.

15. In 1991, Homer dreamed of the Land of Chocolate during a meeting.

Season 3, Episode 11, “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”
See full chocolate land article here.

16. In 1996, a high-tech intercom looked exactly like what would become the first-generation iPod.

Season 8, Episode 5, “Bart After Dark”
Full iPod commercial here.

17. In 1993, Gunter and Ernst were attacked by one of their tigers.

Season 5, Episode 10, “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)”
Full article here.

18. In 1998, Homer stole used cooking grease to turn into quick cash.

Season 10, Episode 1, “Lard of the Dance”
Full grease article here.

19. In 1995, “future” phones had video capabilities.

Season 6, Episode 19, “Lisa’s Wedding”
Full iPhone FaceTime commercial here.

20. In 2009, a sign was not a cop.

Season 20, Episode 13, “Gone Maggie Gone”
More of our photos of tourists ignoring shutdown signs here.

21. And in 1994, Homer did that thing.

Season 6, Episode 5, “Sideshow Bob Roberts”
Full “Wrecking Ball” music video here.

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