1.In an episode of The Simpsons released in 2000, Bart traveled to the future. His sister Lisa was president and she referred to her predecessor as “President Trump.”
2.In Season 7 of Parks and Recreation (which aired in 2015 but took place in 2017), Tom’s ex-girlfriend mentioned the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016. A year after the episode was released, the Chicago Cubs actually won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
3.In the 1993 film Demolition Man, when John Spartan was sent to the cryo-prison, it showed “Scott Peterson” on the inmate list. Scott Peterson is a man who killed his wife and unborn child in 2002 — nine years after Demolition Man was released.
4.In 30 Rock they called out Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment five years before the allegations against him became public knowledge.
5.In the pilot episode of The Lone Gunmen (an X-Files spinoff), computer hackers took control of a passenger plane and tried to fly it into the World Trade Center. The episode aired in March 2001 — six months before the Sept. 11 attacks.
6.In a 1949 episode of the Merrie Melodies cartoon, a dog freaked out over the thought of living in “the city” and began screaming out his hallucinations about it. He said he saw “the towers” falling. Many perceive this to be a Sept. 11 prediction.
7.In a 2007 episode of Scrubs, the janitor said the United States should look for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Bin Laden was found hiding in Pakistan in 2011 — four years later.
8.In Lost (which aired between 2004 and 2010), the character Desmond Hume lived isolated in a bunker for years, unable to go outside. His lifestyle resembled what many of us are currently experiencing because of the coronavirus self-isolating.
9.In the 2011 film Contagion, doctors raced against time to develop a vaccine to halt the spread of a deadly virus that affected the respiratory system. Sound familiar? Oh, and the outbreak was first identified in China and originated from a bat. Experts have said bats are a “possible source” of the coronavirus.
10.In a 2009 episode of Supernatural, Dean was sent to the future. The country had been run down by something called the Croatoan virus and everyone was hoarding toilet paper. Huh. A virus that starts with a “C,” and people stockpiling TP. Again…sound familiar?
11.In the 2010 movie Tangled, Rapunzel lived, quarantined, in a tower away from a kingdom called “Corona.”
12.In the 1988 anime film Akira, the 2020 Olympics were held in Tokyo. There was a signboard in one scene that had a countdown to the Olympics, and underneath it, there was white graffiti that said: “just cancel it.” This year, the summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, and have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
13.In the Netflix docuseries Pandemic, a Los Angeles doctor-filmmaker explored the history of viral illnesses, as well as the best ways to prevent the spread of the next outbreak. The series was released Jan. 22, 2020, less than two months before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.
14.In Star Trek: The Next Generation (which aired in the ’80s and ’90s), the characters used devices called PADDs — aka Personal Access Display Devices. The technology looked a lot like the iPad, which wasn’t invented until around 30 years later.