9/11 predicts an ‘insane coincidence’: ‘The Simpsons’ showrunner

One of the original writers of “The Simpsons” has revealed why he thinks the show has such an eerie ability to accurately guess the future.

In fact, in its over 30 years in the air, the animated Nostradamus has been credited with predicting everything from Roy Horn being crushed by a tiger to fish with three eyes, Apple’s keyboards having a bug, the great “Game of Thrones” surprising ending, European beef being contaminated with horsemeat and, perhaps most famously, the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

The showrunner of “The Simpsons”, Al Jean, who has been writing for the show since it premiered in 1989, believes the trick to its accurate predictions is both luck and the sheer amount of episodes produced.

“One of our writers, the guy whose episode predicted Donald Trump as president, said it best: ‘If you write 700 episodes and you do not predict anything, then you’re pretty bad. If you throw enough arrows, you’ll get some bullseyes, “Jean told NME recently, yet he finds the show’s unintentional 9/11 prediction particularly strange.

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The episode premiered in 1996, years before the Twin Towers fell in the terrorist attacks.
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“9/11 is so bizarre,” Jean said of the episode. “In the episode of World Trade Center, [‘The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson’], there was a brochure that read $ 9 a day with an 11 that was lined up like the towers. It was in ’96, which was insane, like this insane coincidence. ”

However, it’s not just Providence that makes “The Simpsons” writers so good at casually looking beyond the present – it’s intelligence as well.

“[Mostly] it’s just qualified guesses, ”Jean continued. “Stanley Kubrick made the movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ in 1968, and there’s Zoom and iPads in it – but that’s because he had futurists who helped him construct what the world could look like in 30 years.”

As for the show’s own future, Jean says another “Simpsons” movie may be on the way, though animators already have more than enough on their plates to create the TV show.

“We’re damned over high ratings,” Jean said. “We are still on the air as a TV show, and it takes a lot of time. I was working on [first] film at the same time as the show, and it almost killed the animators. But we have an idea, it’s just that we’re waiting to see what the environment is. ”

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