Movies and shows that predicted the future

'The Simpsons' strikes again, this time predicting the Titanic sub disaster

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22/06/24 | StarsInsider

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In the world of fiction, anything is possible. Yet there are some movie/show plots and storylines that include creative and seemingly foreshadowing details that later end up becoming startlingly true.

The story of the missing Titanic submersible has dominated headlines around the world since news of the disaster first broke on June 18. The submersible, an underwater craft, was part of an expensive tourist experience operated by OceanGate Expeditions. The eight-day journey included an underwater exploration of the famous Titanic shipwreck. The submersible left the supporting ship on Sunday morning to begin the two-hour descent to the wreckage. They lost contact with the sub after an hour and 45 minutes. It's unclear where they were at the time and why they lost contact. Search operations began that day with extreme time pressure, as the five passengers on the sub were left with only a few days worth of oxygen. Those on board reportedly include the OceanGate CEO and founder Stockton Rush, British businessman Hamish Harding, French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood and his son. Oxygen levels are expected to run out shortly and the rescue mission has yet to turn up any trace of the sub. 

While the world waits for news and prays for the safe return of the missing sub, fans of 'The Simpsons' couldn't help but notice that the disaster is reminiscent of an episode released in 2006. The episode sees Homer reunite with his long-lost father, Mason Fairbanks, who salvages lost treasure from the ocean floor for a living. He takes Homer with him on an expedition and the two descend in small submarines, finding the wreckage of an old ship. However, things go wrong when Homer loses sight of Mason, and then finds his own sub trapped as his oxygen supply reaches a critical level. Luckily, Homer wakes up in the hospital surrounded by his family. The episode was written by Mike Reiss, who actually took a trip on the missing OceanGate submersible. This certainly isn't the first time that a major news story has had eery similarities to a classic episode of 'The Simpsons.

Click through this gallery and take a look back at series and films that looked forward to predict world events, new technology, and social and cultural change.

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