People Think 'The Simpsons' Predicted Monkeypox Outbreak

Continuing its eerie string of accurate predictions about real world events, The Simpsons fans are claiming that the show also predicted the rise of monkeypox.

The rise of the viral disease has been documented globally, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaring monkeypox a public health emergency in the United States.

Illinois, California and New York have declared a state of emergency over the spread of monkeypox, a viral disease which causes flu-like symptoms and skin afflictions such as rashes, pimples or blisters.

People are being put on high alert for the disease, but it seems that The Simpsons inadvertently warned people years ago.

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Fans are claiming that "The Simpsons" also preducted the monkeypox outbreak, though some of the predictions were intentionally misleading. 20th Television

A clip dating all the way back to 1995 seems to show Bart and Milhouse both getting sick after playing with a monkey.

Season 7 Episode 3 "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" sees a monkey crawl over Bart's head which gives him lice, meanwhile Milhouse notably has a fever and gets more sick as a result.

This clip, and another example which we'll highlight in a second, led to hundreds of people reacting to The Simpsons allegedly predicting the rise of monkeypox.

"Why the government not getting on they heels on how they writers write this s***" one Twitter user wrote while other comments included, "Matt Groening is a time traveler..." and "The Simpsons is really cartoon Black Mirror."

Others were quick to point out that monkeypox is not a new phenomenon as the first case was diagnosed in humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970.

There was also a mild outbreak in the U.S. in 2003 when 71 cases of monkeypox were reported in the Midwest.

Another instance of The Simpsons allegedly predicting monkeypox arose on the internet, spreading across multiple social media platforms. It gained millions of views on TikTok in the process too.

The image in question shows Homer Simpson with a pet monkey, followed by Homer broken out in rashes. This is misleading, as the pictures are taken from different episodes, as Homer caught chickenpox from Maggie which is why he has rashes.

While some were wise enough to point out the two events came from different episodes, others reacted with amazement as The Simpsons has again predicted real world happenings.

Groening's long-running cartoon has become well known for allegedly predicting future events.

Across its massive 728 episodes, there have been many notable examples of when The Simpsons' gag or storyline has come true. These include a mention of "President Trump" in the 2000 episode "Bart to the Future," the Fox and Disney merger predicted in 1998's "When You Wish Upon a Star" and the COVID-19 pandemic in 1993's "Marge in Chains."