The Simpsons boss calls spooky 9/11 prediction an 'insane coincidence'

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.

The long-running animated show recently got involved in a crossover event with Disney for Disney Plus Day last week, which saw Homer sit down for a drink with Goofy in a new short.

But one thing about the cartoon which has always perplexed fans is its scarily good foresight for what might happen in the future.

Events that have seemingly been called by The Simpsons so far include Donald Trump’s presidency, the Covid pandemic and even the 9/11 tragedy.

Now, Al Jean, who is one of the original writers of the series has finally given their 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: ‘[He said] “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…”’

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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.’

Elsewhere, the show has been breaking ground in recent months, confirming Smithers is set to fall in love after coming out as gay in 2016.

Last month, The Simpsons also paid tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a special episode including a breast cancer survivor, who had a unilateral mastectomy.

This meant the character had only one breast with a visible scar on her chest, which the show was hugely praised for by fans.

The Simpsons is available to stream on Disney Plus.

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