The Simpsons have a long history of predicting the future.
Some of it is true – check out the three eyed fish caught near a polluted river in America a few years ago – and some of it is, well, less true – see their ‘prediction‘ that Donald Trump would become president.
There is even an episode of South Park in which Butters tries all sorts of devious plans to take over the world but is thwarted at every turn because The Simpsons have already done it.
Now, admittedly there are over 600 episodes of the show, and if you throw enough shit over nearly three decades, some of it is bound to stick.
However, on this occasion they have beaten reality to the punch by nearly 20 years and predicted one of the biggest takeover deals in recent history.
Earlier today Walt Disney agreed to take control of 20th Century Fox Inc. in a deal worth $52.4 billion (£39 billion).
These are staggering sums of money to be chucking around for a Mickey Mouse organisation.
This is important not because it’s a huge deal, but because in 1998 (November 8, to be precise) The Simpsons ran an episode called ‘When You Dish Upon A Star’ – you might remember it as the one that had guest spots from Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, and Ron Howard.
One scene shows the outside of the 20th Century Fox studio, with the iconic logo plastered on a sign – beneath the sign it reads “A Division of Walt Disney Co.”
Disney announces it has reached a deal to acquire 21st Century Fox, as predicted by a Simpsons episode that first aired on November 8, 1998. pic.twitter.com/kzloJQHeM8
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 14, 2017
This bizarre and frankly a little too coincidental fact was pointed out by Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) on Twitter with the caption: “Disney announces it has reached a deal to acquire 21st Century Fox, as predicted by a Simpsons episode that first aired on November 8, 1998.”
The deal sees Disney take control of Fox’s film studios, TV channels, and gives them the rights to many of Fox’s films and television series, including – of course – The Simpsons.
The show has already been granted at least a 29th and 30th series’ (though secretly we all know it jumped the shark years ago).
It’s a pretty long stretch to assume that the show’s creators knew all about this for 19 years and tried to alert the world to the deal well in advance, it does mean that the show’s creators were right all along. I know, kids – I’m scared too.