Given that The Simpsons has been running for over 25 years you could probably draw links with pretty much any major world event, and yet, some people remain convinced the cartoon predicted the current Ebola pandemic back in 1997.
In a scene from the episode 'Lisa's Sax' being shared today, Marge suggests a sick Bart read a book entitled 'Curious George and the Ebola Virus'.
She then asks him if he wants "to colour something", at which point he ominously points at a drawing depicting some kind of apocalypse where he is dead, there is blood and bodies everywhere and the sky appears to cry.
The clip was posted as part of a discussion video by user Controversy7, who wrote alongside it:
"Is there something we are not being told? Is it by pure chance & coincidence that the Simpsons would do predictive programming? There has been numerous predictions from The Simpsons which revealed futuristic events which came to pass. What of the Ebola recurrence in 2014? Is it planned or is it just by natural means? Ebola was not in the 90's, but it happened long ago in the mid 70's... But The Simpsons reveal in late 90's Ebola virus... Interesting right?"
Unbelievably many people lapped it up, with one viewer commenting: "Thank you for telling the truth about these things" and another adding: "Thank you so very much for this video! Very good information. You have done an excellent job on this. Puppets on their strings, they think. NOT!"
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1/7 25 March 2014
This outbreak of the Ebola virus first emerged in the Guéckédou region of Guinea, at a crossroads with both Liberia and Sierra Leone
2/7 31 March
On 31 March the WHO confirmed the outbreak was now international, spreading first into Liberia's northern-most Lofa region
3/7 27 May
The virus spread to Sierra Leone at the end of May - just as agencies were hoping the worst was over
4/7 27 July
In Sierra Leone the virus boomed, and then it spread to Nigeria when the Liberian diplomat Patrick Sawyer flew from Monrovia to Lagos
5/7 9 August
The Nigeria cases sparked fears around the world, and there have now been deaths in Spain and Saudi Arabia involving people who had travelled to West Africa. The numbers of cases continue to rise
6/7 17-20 September
In mid-September, Senegal confirmed its first case linked to the Ebola outbreak, a development the WHO described as a top priority emergency. Numbers of cases continued to grow exponentially in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as experts warned they could number one million by January if not contained
7/7 8 October
Two cases of Ebola have now been reported in the US and Europe - the first times the virus has been contracted among health workers outside Africa
There is really little coincidence and certainly no clairvoyance about the scene though.
Ebola has been around since the 70s, and though this latest outbreak has been the worst yet, it killed 254 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1995 and 224 in Uganda in 2000. The idea that the creators of the Simpsons are somehow in collusion with the US government to spread Ebola can be confined to the bin along with the theory that Pitbull predicted MH370's disappearance.Reuse content