The 2014 episode of The Simpsons depicted entrepreneur Richard Branson floating in area seven years earlier than his current journey to the sting of area.
The writers of The Simpsons seem to have exercised their prophetic knowledge as soon as once more by predicting Sir Richard Branson’s history-making journey to the sting of area on July eleventh all the way in which again in 2014. The Simpsons is not any stranger to correct predictions of future occasions over the present’s many episodes and seasons. Previous predictions have together with smart-watches, the Disney-Fox merger, Donald Trump’s presidency, and even the British horsemeat-scandal in a 1998 episode. Whereas the writers have rejected the present being labelled as a contemporary Nostradamus, there are possibly one too many correct predictions to be thought of coincidence.
On July 11, Branson, Virgin Galactic founder and entrepreneur, flew 85km (282,000ft or 53 miles) to the sting of area within the rocket-plane Unity that his firm has been creating for 17 years. The billionaire’s flight additionally marked the profitable flight of a space-tourism craft, beating out rivals Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the process. The journey lasted an hour and served as a take a look at of Virgin Galactic’s tourism expertise, which Branson goals to launch commercially subsequent 12 months.
Persevering with their pattern of oddly prophetic moments, plainly Branson’s journey was predicted by The Simpsons again in 2014. Twitter consumer Aditya Kondawar pointed this out in a viral tweet whereas asking: “How can The Simpsons present predict each Rattling factor?” together with screenshots from Branson’s area flight and the episode in query. In episode 15 of the present’s twenty fifth season, titled “The Warfare of Artwork”, Lisa and Homer meet and artwork forger named Klaus Ziegler voiced by Max von Sydow. Whereas being admonished by Lisa, Ziegler factors out that his forgeries have introduced happiness to individuals all world wide resulting in a collection of cutaways to show this level, together with one in every of Branson admiring a portray whereas floating in an area shuttle. You may see Kondwar’s full tweet beneath:
Maybe the prediction is not as off-the-wall as it could appear nonetheless, particularly when you think about that Branson’s firm had been creating a viable type of area tourism since 2004. With that in thoughts, the prediction is not as a lot of a wildcard as a few of The Simpson’s different predictions – like Donald Trump turning into President – nevertheless it’s nonetheless entertaining nonetheless. Somewhat, it is extra of a appropriate pastiche of the entrepreneur whose difficult foray into area tourism has develop into one thing of a defining function over the previous twenty years.
Branson’s look within the episode is not his first inside The Simpsons both, with the entrepreneur first showing within the season 20 episode, “The Burns and the Bees” and once more in a totally voiced look within the season 26 episode, “The Princess Information” as a neighbor of Mr. Burns, with a relationship between the 2 akin to Homer and Ned Flanders. These episodes have suitably parodied Branson in a manner that audiences would sometimes count on of The Simpsons, however by no means in such a prescient method as his area flight within the 2014 episode. Nonetheless, now that Branson has efficiently achieved his lifelong ambition of touring to area, The Simpsons will certainly put it to use for additional ribbing in episodes going ahead.
Supply: Aditya Kondawar
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