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‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Canada Legalising Cannabis

Once again, we have another fine example of life imitating The Simpsons, this time in the form of Canada legalising cannabis.

In the episode Midnight Rx from 13 years ago, Homer, Abe, Apu and Flanders skip across the border and begin smuggling prescription drugs into the US.

While there, they bump into a guy who is basically a Canadian version of our good friend Ned, and the pair hit off, naturally.

Things take a bit of turn when the Canadian ‘Ned’ offers Flanders a spliff, telling him ‘it’s legal’ in Canada, much to the shock and horror of Neddy, who mutters: “They warned me Satan would be attractive.”

However, as we all know, cannabis was only legalised in Canada this week – although, many have commented previously to say that the laws were so chilled in the country that the drug was pretty much classed as legal anyway.

This is just another in a long line of weirdly accurate predictions to come from the long-running sitcom. In the past the show has managed to correctly guess the outcome of the men’s curling final, in which Team US narrowly beat Sweden to win; the horse meat scandal and that Disney would buy out 20th Century Fox. Pretty creepy, eh?

The show even managed to predict that Donald Trump would be president, which, to be fair was a bizarre claim at the time, but look at us now.


In the episode, Bart to the Future, aired in 2000, Lisa is president and as she sits in the Oval Office, she tells her team: “We’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump.”

Explaining where the storyline came from, Matt Groening told The Guardian: “We predicted that he would be president back in 2000 – but [Trump] was of course the most absurd placeholder joke name that we could think of at the time, and that’s still true. It’s beyond satire.”

Of course, the real question here is ‘is The Simpsons actually predicting the future or are we all just happily acting our favourite TV show?’

Featured Image Credit: Fox/The Simpsons

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