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Why ‘The Simpsons’ can read the future

Why ‘The Simpsons’ can read the future

A few weeks ago, when Walt Disney Co. announced its $52.4 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox, lots of people took to Twitter to point out that the merger had been foretold almost two decades earlier, in a 1998 episode of the cartoon comedy show “The Simpsons.”

This was far from the first case of a joke from “The Simpsons” coming true. In the March 2000 episode “Bart to the Future,” for example, newly inaugurated President Lisa Simpson complains that “we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” thus anticipating not only the presidency of Donald Trump but the now-almost-certain increase in federal deficits during his time in office (although in the...

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