'The Simpsons did it first': Fans suggest cartoon predicted decapitation of Christopher Columbus statue in Boston

“The prediction was true.” Another joked: “Thanks Christopher Columbus, but The Simpsons did it first.” The long-running cartoon is renowned for its ability to “predict” the future, with a litany of global news events being seemingly anticipated in scenes from the show’s considerable back catalogue of episodes. However, the scenario depicted in the episode involved an infectious virus travelling to the US from Osaka, Japan – not Wuhan, China, where some have theorised the coronavirus originated.