The Simpsons has become a cultural crystal ball that may be too accurate for anyone to be truly comfortable with the future. They’ve predicted the rise of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States, and now they’ve accurately foreseen not only the introduction of mixed-gender doubles into Olympic curling (which wasn’t seen at the time in the Olympics), but the United States’ first gold medal win in the sport. They even had the opponent tabbed — Sweden.
The prescient curling prediction came from 2010 Simpsons episode “Boy Meets Curl,” which was based on Homer and Marge forming a mixed curling team with Agnes and Seymour Skinner. They’re chosen to represent the U.S., then head off to Vancouver where they eventually defeat Sweden and everyone celebrates with a big “woohoo!”
The latest prediction comes after The Simpsons called Fox’s purchase by Disney, as well as the discovery of the Higgs-Boson particle. But when it comes to coincidences, Simpsons writers refer to Harvard’s “the law of truly large numbers.” The Simpsons have been on the air, making outlandish predictions for nearly 30 years, so in the hundreds of episodes and thousands of jokes, some accurate “predictions” are bound to pop up. Even outlandish ones like the United States defeating Sweden in curling to take home Olympic gold.
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