How did Mr Burns get it so right? (Picture: Fox)
It looks like The Simpsons have predicted the future, once again.
The animated series, which has been keeping fans entertained for more than 30 years, has proven to be surprisingly prophetic at times, having ‘predicted’ Donald Trump’s presidency through to the Covid pandemic.
And now, there’s something else added to the list.
This time, a fan has spotted that The Simpson’s ‘predicted’ the UK’s rising energy bills.
In a 2013 episode, titled ‘A Test Before Trying’, Mr Burns (voiced by Harry Shearer) announces rising energy prices.
He says: ‘To decide how much your electricity bills will rise, I’ve assembled a team of distinguished economists and placed plausible rate hike percentages on their bikes.
‘Now we will use unfettered free market principles to arrive at a number.’
Those ‘unfettered free market principles’ are actually dogs who chase the economists before catching one with a 17% sign on his back.
Mr Burns continues: ‘And there you have it folks, rates will rise a healthy 17%.’
As a result of Mr Burns hiking up prices, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, and all the other Springfield residents have to cut back on their energy usage.
It’s not just the fact that the energy prices are rising, it’s that The Simpsons seems to have predicted how much they’ll be rising by.
One fan noticed how in October last year, the Office for National Statistics explained: ‘After the price cap rose in Oct 2021, consumer prices for gas and electricity rose by 17.1% and 8.7% respectively.’
Fans have been blown away with The Simpsons ‘predicting’ another outcome so accurately.
‘What’s happening. How has Simpsons been so right!’ one wrote.
Another commented: ‘The Simpsons predictions boggles my brain more than anything else in this life! it’s the only question I have. How do they do it?’
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