New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Over the course of its 31 seasons and 681 episodes so far, iconic American animation series ‘The Simpsons’ has come close to predicting the future just so accurately a lot many times. Be it anticipating a face-time like interaction in future in a 1993 episode, predicting Donald Trump becoming the US president in an episode released in 2000 or highlighting the massive economic crisis Greece would face in 2010s in a 2002-released episode —this Matt Groenic creation predicted it all. The latest among this is the precise anticipation of the biggest crisis the world has faced so far in this century, the Coronavirus outbreak.

In an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ released in 1993 "Marge in Chains" (season 4, episode 21) a mysterious virus from Asia has been shown to be invading the town of Springfield in the US. A sick factory employee in Japan sneezes into numerous packages containing juices that everyone from Homer Simpson to Principal Skinner orders in the United States, and hence catches up the ‘contagious’ infection.

When the other Springfield residents also open their boxes of juices imported from Japan, they are caught by ‘Osaka virus’. In the next few minutes of the episode, the town of Springfield is shown to have got overwhelmed by the Osaka virus, which is similar to what the world is going through at present in its coronavirus infested times.

Then, the Springfield residents are shown to have mobilized in the premises of a hospital where they demand the cure. And incredibly enough, the mob confronts a truck which they think must be carrying the cure in it. However as they knock the truck, a crate labeled "Killer Bees" crashes to the ground, opening and unleashing a large swarm of the deadly insects into the crowd already sickened by the ‘Osaka virus’.

The pragmatic cache is, that, similar to what’s shown in the above-mentioned ‘The Simpsons’ episode, Asian giant Hornets aka ‘murder Hornets’ were recently spotted for the first time in the state of Washington in the United States.

Among its other modern-day-Nostradamus kind predictions, ‘The Simpsons’ came eerily close to finding the mass of Higgs Boson in an episode released in 1998, and also anticipated Disney buying Fox Network in 1999. So maybe ‘The Simpsons’ deserved to be binge watched amid the lockdown in place in most of the world.

‘The Simpsons’ is the longest running show in the modern television history with its first season having aired much before the first millennial was born – in 1989. After 31 seasons, one of the show’s longtime producers said in November 2019 that the show is not ending and will continue for some more years. The show has continues to have massive following such as. Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Emilia Clarke (‘Khaleesi’ of Game of Thrones), Priyanka Chopra and Leonardo dicaprio among others. However, from time to time, the makers have been accused of stereotyping Asians, with vastly exaggerated Asian representations from characters such as Appu.

Posted By: abhinav gupta