The Simpsons' unbelievable prediction about Richard Branson's space trip

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It seems as though The Simpsons has once again made a scarily accurate prediction, this time regarding Sir Richard Branson.

The billionaire strapped into his Virgin Galactic passenger rocket plane along with six employees and soared into space on July 11.

"The whole thing was just magical," Branson said when he touched back down to Earth, but perhaps what was most impressive was the fact the expedition made a scene from a 2014 episode of The Simpsons a reality.

Sir Richard Branson at zero gravity while onboard the Virgin Galactic on July 11, 2021. (Source: Virgin Galactic via Sipa USA
Sir Richard Branson at zero gravity while onboard the Virgin Galactic on July 11, 2021. (Source: Virgin Galactic via Sipa USA

One Twitter user shared a comparison of two pictures — one of Branson experiencing zero gravity in space and one of an animated Branson in The Simpsons in space.

"How can The Simpsons show predict every Damn thing?" Aditya Kondawar wrote on Twitter.

Simpsons depiction 'weirdly similar' to reality

The episode, The War of Art, was from season 25, which came out in 2014.

In the episode, the Simpsons acquire a painting from the Van Houten's yard sale. When they get home and remove the frame, they see the signature of Johan Oldenveldt and discover he is a famous artist.

However, the family finds out the painting is actually a forgery painted by Klaus Ziegler, who Homer and Lisa meet in the final minutes of the episode.

While Lisa degrades Ziegler for his career as an art forger, he claims "beauty is beauty".

"My forgeries give pleasure to people all over the world," he says.

While he is giving his speech to Lisa, characters are seen viewing art around the world, and in Branson's case, reclining mid-air in space.

On Twitter people pointed out Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004, so it could have just been a matter of time before Branson made his way to space.

However, some argued there were similarities between The Simpson's depiction of Branson's spacecraft and the real one.

"So weird how similar they are...the round windows...that would've been crazy if he had sunglasses too," someone said on Twitter.

"It's designed pretty close, was the design out then? That's what's weird to me. I don't know," another person said.

Richard Branson arrives for an appearance on the Late Show in New York City..
Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004, so perhaps it was just a matter of time before Sir Richard Branson made it to space. Source: PA via AAP

For a while now, many people have speculated the writers of The Simpsons can somehow predict the future, with several episodes featuring things which would go on to happen, or have a striking resemblance to things that do.

Earlier this year, fans claimed the cartoon predicted the insurrection on January 6 back in 2020 during the Halloween episode, the episode featured several similarities to what actually transpired that day.

Fans also claim the show predicted the Covid-19 pandemic in a 1993 episode titled Marge in Chains, where Springfield residents mail order ‘Juice Looseners’, which are shipped from Osaka in Japan.

One of the workers in the Japan-based factory is sick and the illness spreads to Springfield when residents receive their juicers.

Donald Trump's presidency was also famously predicted in an episode titled 'Bart to the Future', which aired in 2000.

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