THE soothsayers behind The Simpsons apparently foretold Sir Richard Branson's flight touching the edge of space in a commercial rocket plane seven years ago.
The Virgin Group magnate and five crewmates made history on Sunday traveling in the VSS Unity over New Mexico.
They were strapped to a carrier aircraft before detaching and blasting 50 miles above Earth before turning around gliding safely back.
The feat was apparently all too similar to a 2014 episode of The Simpsons called "The War of Art."
An art forger named Klaus Ziegler (voiced by the late Max Von Sydow) informs Lisa his “forgeries give pleasure to people all over the world.”
One of the admirers of the forger's faux art is Branson who shows up in a cameo, floating in a spaceship gazing at a painting.
A Simpson fan Aditya Kondawar first posted a tweet connecting the uncanny parallels to the episode.
“How can The Simpsons show predict every Damn thing?” he wrote.
Then Branson’s company Virgin Atlantic posted the same picture on its official Twitter handle, and commented: “The Simpsons predicted it.”
The billionaire, who founded Virgin Galactic 17 years ago, expressed his satisfaction by seeing Earth – not phony art – from the craft's windows as being even "more beautiful" than he'd imagined.
"I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a child and what surprised me was that it was more extreme than I’d dreamt," he told The Sun.
"The ride up was extreme, but it should be – a ride to space always is."
Matt Groening's animated sitcom has managed to wow audiences and fans by predicting a slew of incidents long before they actually happen.
After pro-Donald Trump supporters stormed through the US Capital in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6, many pointed to The Simpsons having conceived of it years before.
Back in season seven, episode 18 from the show titled The Day the Violence Died, characters storm the Capitol with guns and even bombs.
Hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building on just as Vice President Mike Pence and Congress members were meeting to vote and certify the election results declaring President-Elect Joe Biden to be the winner.
Back in 2000, the show scripted an episode where Donald Trump would rise to become America's president.
In the episode, Lisa refers to “inheriting quite a budget crunch from President Trump.”
There is even a scene where Trump descends from a stairwell waving to his supporters – almost exactly placing him in a real-life moment in 2015 when he announced his run for the presidency.
A 2016 episode has even teased an "Ivanka 2028" run for office.
They’ve also been credited with being years ahead of real-life where Tom Hanks appears as a pitchman pushing for a "new Grand Canyon" and claiming the US government had lost its credibility.
"This is Tom Hanks saying if you see me in person, please, please leave me be,” he said in the show.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the most notable faces to contract Covid-19 during their travels to Australia.
Fourteen years before the construction of London’s The Shard began, a skyscraper was spotted in a Simpson’s episode recreating London's skyline along with Big Ben and London Bridge.
The mauling of Roy Horn by a seven-year-old white tiger named Mantecore back in 2003 appeared to mimic the show’s 1993 episode where a German magic duo came to Springfield and get attacked by white tigers.
Roy suffered numerous injuries including a severed spine and crush injuries.
Back in 1997, The Simpsons featured a short clip of dinner ladies at Springfield Elementary chowing down on school dinners made from horsemeat.
The story would get an actual reboot in 2013 when horsemeat was discovered being served up to UK schoolchildren.
A Sun front-page headline reading “Horse ‘in school dinners’" discussed a government investigation into school dinners.
Some believe that The Simpsons had somehow predicted the tragedies on 9/11.
In the episode, Lisa held up the front page of a newspaper from a show that ran in 1997.
Theorists believe that the paper, which features the headline “New York At $9 A Day” – with the number nine in bold lettering beside the Twin Towers, resembling the number 11, was a forewarning for the attacks on New York in 2001.
The crystal ball minds behind the cartoon show even imagined that Canada would legalize marijuana back in 2005.
In the episode, Ned Flanders is offered a "reeferino" – gibberish for a cannabis joint – by his Canadian alter-ego.
Thirteen years later the country went pro-herb.
The footage was strangely similar to a scene in a 2014 episode of The Simpsons called The War of Art, the 15th episode of the show's 25th series.
In the animated program, art forger Klaus Ziegler tells Lisa his 'forgeries give pleasure to people all over the world' before people looking at art in various locations are shown.
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