Have you ever watched an old re-run of a Sci-Fi when suddenly your mind gets blown because you realize that the writers predicted the future? It happens way more than you think. How do these writers know? Check out just how often they predict the future with eerie accuracy.
Back to the Future Part 2 — Cubs in the World Series
Back to the Future Part 2 was only a year off when it predicted that the Chicago Cubs — the most lovable losers in sports — would be in the 2015 World Series.
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Back to the Future Part 2 — Self-Lacing Shoelaces From Nike
Marty McFly’s self-lacing Nike sneakers finally became a reality in November 2016, when Nike released the HyperAdapt 1.0.
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The Simpsons — Donald Trump As President
In a 2000 episode of The Simpsons, a future version of Lisa Simpson was tasked with repairing the country after President Trump sent the nation into financial ruin.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids — Radio-Controlled Lawn Mower
Pesky neighbor kid Tommy Pervis nearly sliced up the miniature cast of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids with a remote-controlled lawn mower — a real thing today, thanks to the brand SPIDER.
Chris Rock Show — OJ Simpson’s Book
Years before OJ’s ill fated “If I Did It” book, The Chris Rock Show featured OJ’s new videotape, “I Didn’t Kill My Wife, But If I Did Here’s How I’d Do It”
Minority Report — Gesture-Based Technology
The 2002 futuristic crime drama Minority Report featured Tom Cruise interacting with gesture-based user interfaces, which are popular today.
The Truman Show — Reality Television
The Truman Show was the original reality TV program, as Jim Carrey’s life was on display for millions to see. It’s no surprise that Big Brother came along only a few years later.
Total Recall — Full-Body Scanners
Before scanners took over the American airport, they were featured in the Schwarzenegger film Total Recall.
Blade Runner — Human-Like Artificial Intelligence
In Blade Runner, androids known as replicants were virtually identical to humans. Technology hasn’t made it this far, but with Siri and other advanced technology, replicants don’t seem far off anymore.
The Lone Gunmen — September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack
In the most shocking and tragic TV prediction, a spin-off of The X-Files somehow anticipated that planes would be hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center.
Family Guy — Bruce Jenner As A Female
Several years before Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn, Family Guy suggested that the famous athlete and reality star was (according to Stewie Griffin) an “elegant, beautiful” woman.
Scrubs — Osama Bin Laden In Pakistan
A seemingly innocuous comment by Scrubs’ resident janitor that the United States should search for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan turned out to be exactly where the terrorist mastermind was hiding all along.
2001: A Space Odyssey — Tablet Computers
Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film was ahead of the times when it predicted how humans would interact with technology in the future, with tablet devices and computers that could comprehend human speech.
Demolition Man — Teleconferencing and Video Calls
Taco Bell may not have won the fast food wars outright, but Demolition Man did accurately predict video call technology such as Skype.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story — ESPN 8 The Ocho
While ESPN 8 The Ocho may not technically exist, Dodgeball still nailed the concept of the massive proliferation of cable sports channels.
BASEketball – Confusing Overtime Rules In Sports
The NFL and NHL change their overtime rules seemingly every year. Perhaps they should adopt the convoluted system used to decide BASEketball games instead.
Seinfeld — Nonfat Yogurt That Makes People Fat
Non-fat yogurt was all the rage in 1993, when an episode of Seinfeld featured Elaine and Jerry packing on pounds despite their dessert being non-fat. More than a decade later, health-conscious consumers rejected the non-fat, yet high-sugar snack.
Futurama: Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
Elon Musk’s ambitious Hyperloop transportation system is a glorified version of the tubes featured prominently in Futurama.
You’ve Got Mail — Online Dating
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were ahead of the curve in 1998, when You’ve Got Mail showed the world how online dating could work. Online dating has since become one of the most popular means of meeting significant others, although most people now do it via smartphones, not computers.
The Cable Guy — Modern Homes and Web Integration
Jim Carrey’s rant at the end of The Cable Guy accurately predicted a future in which smart TVs rule the living room.
Zoolander — The Blue Steel Look and Selfies
Long before people were making duck faces in their Instagram selfies, Derek Zoolander was perfecting the Blue Steel look in 2001’s Zoolander.
WarGames — Hacking and Cyber Warfare
In 1983, Matthew Broderick’s character in WarGames demonstrated the importance of cyber security. Today, unfortunately, hacking is a huge risk for corporations and government entities alike.
Black Mirror — David Cameron’s Pig Love
Black Mirror’s speculative fiction was a little too on the nose in its first episode, especially after rumors came out regarding British Prime Minister David Cameron and his appreciation for pigs.
Blade Runner — Digital Billboards
Large, attention-grabbing digital billboards brought Blade Runner‘s futuristic world to life. Today, these advanced billboards advertise foot doctors and divorce lawyers.
Person of Interest — Edward Snowden
A year before NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden became a household name, the CBS drama Person of Interest aired an episode featuring a young whistleblower who attempted to expose the NSA.
Idiocracy — Reality Star As President
In the future posited by Idiocracy, a loud-mouth reality TV star is elected president, echoing Donald Trump’s real-life election in 2016.
Quantum Leap — Steelers In Super Bowl XXX
Scott Bakula’s time travel show Quantum Leap accurately predicted that the Steelers would play in Super Bowl XXX.
Star Trek — 1969 Moon Landing On A Wednesday
Two years before man landed on the moon on a Wednesday in 1969, Star Trek predicted that man would land on the moon on a Wednesday…in 1969.
Second Chance — Muammar Gaddafi’s Death
The only notable thing about the short-lived TV show Second Chance was that it featured a dead Muammar Gaddafi arriving in the afterlife in 2011. Gaddafi died in October of 2011.
The Simpsons — Smart Watches
In a 1995 episode of The Simpsons set in the future, Lisa’s fiance used his smart watch to set up an alternate marriage proposal after his original plan fizzled out.
The Matrix — Alternate Reality
Living in The Matrix may not be possible just yet, but there are several alternate reality video games such as Second Life that make it feel possible to inhabit a virtual world.
Zabil Jsem Einsteina, Panove — Selfie Stick
The obscure Czech science fiction film Zabil Jsem Einsteina, Panove featured an item suspiciously similar to the selfie stick.
Face/Off — Facial Implants and Reconstruction
John Travolta and Nicholas Cage traded faces in the 1997 film Face/Off, and in 2010, the world’s first full face transplant procedure was completed in Spain.
South Park — Confederate Flag Uproar
The town of South Park argued over their flag and whether it should be changed well over a decade before South Carolina did the same.
American Dad — 7th Fast And The Furious Film
Steve Smith and his friends on American Dad found the script to Fast and the Furious 7, several years before the actual Furious 7 hit theaters.
The Jetsons — Digital News
The Jetsons accurately predicted more than a half dozen futuristic items back in the 1960s, including digital newspapers read on large screens.
The Net — Online Pizza Delivery
Sandra Bullock’s 1995 computer thriller The Net painted computers in a poor light, but with one exception: online pizza delivery.
The Twilight Zone — Job Automation
The 1964 Twilight Zone episode “The Brain Center at Whipple’s” warned viewers about computers and robots stealing jobs from human workers. Today, automation is a top fear among employees in a variety of industries.
Star Trek The Next Generation — Google Home, Alexa, Amazon Echo
The all-knowing, omnipotent computer on Star Trek: The Next Generation could do any number of things based on voice commands, just like many modern devices and apps.