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The Simpsons ‘Predicted' Richard Branson’s Spaceflight Back In 2014

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The Simpsons ‘Predicted' Richard Branson’s Spaceflight Back In 2014

Yet again fans think The Simpsons have managed to 'predict the future' after a 2014 episode resurfaced showing Richard Branson on his spaceflight.

Last Sunday (11 July), Branson, 70, experienced a successful launch to the edge of space, travelling on his aircraft Virgin Galactic flight.

Branson was on board in his Virgin space plane in it's first fully crewed test.

Fans took to Twitter to point out that The Simpsons had depicted the billionaire in a similar situation years ago.

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In a 25th Season episode, named 'The Art of War', Richard Branson appears very briefly as a passenger on a spaceship, although he wasn't actually casted to voice his character. He has acted for them before, the most memorable moment being when Mr Burns labels him, "Stupid Branson" in a 2015 episode.

Despite the idea that The Simpsons had 'done it again' in terms of predicting a future event, Mr Branson actually announced in 2004 that he was going to space, whilst the episode was aired in 2014 - so not quite the 'prediction' in comparison to the others.

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More amazingly though, The Simpsons have seemed to correctly predict the future many times. The show has rightly called a disease that is similar to coronavirus, along with the addition of smart watches and not to mention a USA contestant winning the Olympic gold medal for curling.

One thing that The Simpsons certainly did predict, however, was that Donald Trump would become the President of the United States.

Fans also think that The Simpsons predicted Kamala Harris as Vice President, in an episode where Lisa becomes the first female President of the United States in an episode from 2000. Although that's not the exact same thing, fans thought that it was close enough.

In terms of being close in the well documented, 'Battle of the Billionaires', the Virgin boss beat Amazon Boss, Jeff Bezos, to the punch.

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Bezos has also been working on going to space and is planning to make a similar journey on 20 July, travelling on his Blue Origin spacecraft.

There is an argument from Blue Orgin, saying that Mr Branson's trip to the edge of space doesn't count as an actual trip to space. This is because he didn't cross the Kármán line that is said to define the barrier of entry to space.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Mr Branson seemed to be delighted with the space mission that he has been planning for nearly 20 years.

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He said: "Seventeen years of hard work to get us this far."

The whole flight lasted under 15 minutes and was up and back down again in a short space of time.

Words: Anish Vij

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

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