As we've seen over the last couple of years, The Simpsons has an uncanny ability to seemingly predict the future. Whether it's the Ebola virus, or the rise of Donald Trump's political career, Matt Groening and his team seem to somehow be able to look into the future with some certainty, as seen here.
It's a trend which shows no sign of slowing down - after one eagle-eyed viewer noticed yet another apparent prediction: Richard Branson's trip to space.
Mere hours before 30 million English men, women and children had their hearts broken in the Euro 2020 final, Branson was 53 miles above the earth as he and a lucky few ventured into space. It was Virgin Galactic's first passenger trip outside of the atmosphere, and a huge step forwards for commercial space travel. You could read all about Branson's journey to space here.
It didn't take long for someone to notice the similarities between Branson in space and an astronaut featured in an old Simpsons episode, who possesses a striking resemblance. Twitter user Aditya Kondawar was the first to make the connection in this tweet:
The picture Aditya shared shows a still from season 20 episode 'The Burns and the Bees', which first aired nearly 13 years ago in 2008. Coincidently, Branson's billionaire rival Jeff Bezos featured in the episode, creating yet another spooky connection as the pair were in a race to become the first billionaire in space.
Branson has actually had several guest appearances on The Simpsons before, and it's safe to say that the cartoon version of himself looks very similar to the astronaut relaxing in zero gravity.
Over a decade later it seems as though life is imitating art, or rather animation.
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