Mysterious it is, how many times movies or other forms of entertainment, such as comic books (especially sci-fi ones), have foreseen the future.
In fact, the exploration of space seemed all but designed by Flash Gordon and the like.
Remember Dick Tracy, speaking into a wrist phone?
As a website points out, a movie called The Cable Guy “has a character who “screams in the rain how every American will have a mix of cable TV, computer, and phone all in one. He even says you will play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam, predicting online gaming and Google TV at the same time.”
Mobile phone technology: The Forbidden Planet (1956). Airport security: Airplane II. Touch screens, tablet computing, the space station, and Siri (HAL): for that, see 2001: A Space Odyssey.
There have been movies, going back decades, that had what we today would call on-line dating. A Batman sequel seemed to predict the mass shootings in both Aurora, Colorado, and Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
Most is in the realm of high-tech (Bluetooth, and so forth). Or war. Even face transplants. Super Mario Brothers seemed to foresee 911 (photo above).
But few have drawn more interest than the TV series called The Simpsons — especially in the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning rise to the summit of power. It did so in a 2000 episode called “Bart To the Future.” Or did it?
To a degree, perhaps. But the escalator scene was actually more recent — after his announcement.
The cartoon series, which we’ve never watched, but which is all over the internet since last Tuesday, had a scene in 2015 where Trump is descending the escalator at Trump Tower (recalling his famous entrance in the race for the Republican nomination). The series did have a brief mention (see video below) in which “President Trump” was mentioned by a character.
Pretty interesting stuff.
Just dumb luck, simple logic, or subconscious precognition?
Well, even by 2000, when the Simpsons’ mention of him came out, Trump had spoken about possibly running for president.
But still: deep in the psyche can often be glimpses of the future, tiny fragments, usually disjointed, especially in the “nonsense” of dreams.
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[Special Reports by Michael Brown]