TV is meant to be a comforting refuge from the harsh realities of life, but sometimes things can get unexpectedly sinister when the two realities collide...although on some occasions it would have taken years for the real events to unfold.
Below are 10 incidences where TV shows eerily predicted the future, from trivial events such as foreseeing a spurring turn of events in the Super Bowl to terrifying tragedies such as 9/11 or the London bombings, but how many did you already know about?
The Simpsons - The Higgs Boson Particle
In a 1998 episode of The Simpsons, Homer comes up with a mathematical equation that predicts the mass of the Higgs Boson more than a decade before physicists at CERN discovered it.
British science writer Simon Singh explains that the figure isn’t actually that far off the 125 GeV estimate that was the result of the CERN Higgs breakthrough in 2012. Singh wrote:
"If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of [what] a Higgs boson actually is. It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.”
Person of Interest - Illegal NSA Surveillance
An episode of Person of Interest tells the story of a N.S.A whistleblower named Henry Peck who discovers that the agency is illegally conducting mass surveillance on innocent citizens and alerts the media.
After he releases the information to the press, he finds himself being hounded by the government. The episode aired over a year before Edward Snowdon's almost identical story unfolded.
The Chris Rock Show - O.J. Simpson's Book
Back in 1997, when O.J. Simpson was still on trial, Chris Rock humorously "recalled" the moment when Simpson gave him a VHS entitled 'I Didn’t Kill My Wife… But If I Did, Here’s How I’d Do it.'
Ten years later in 2007, O.J. published a book with the eerily similar title of 'O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened.'
The Simpsons - Horse Meat in Beef
Remember that scandal in Europe where beef products turned out to be riddled with horse meat? Yep, it happened in The Simpsons too, over a decade earlier!
Quantum Leap - The Super Bowl
In the second season of Quantum Leap, Al notes that he is watching Super Bowl XXX and that the Steelers are three points behind. The game did in fact feature the Steelers, who trailed the Dallas Cowboys by three points (20-17) midway through the fourth quarter. This is notable because the episode was filmed over six years before the game actually took place.
Family Guy - Robin Williams' Suicide
A Family Guy episode from Season 10 that features a failed suicide attempt by Robin Williams was aired on BBC Three around five minutes before the news about the beloved actor and comedians suicide broke on August 14, 2014.
The original episode aired in May 2012, but this didn't stop plenty of illuminati conspiracy theorist videos popping up on YouTube about the bizarre coincidence.
Spooks - London Bombings
BBCs MI-5 drama is well-known for borrowing from real-life events from the past to fuel it's dramatic and often chillingly realistic plot lines, but one episode managed to actually foresee the future.
Just months before the 2005 London Underground bombings, the opening of Season 4 dealt with a near identical event and, if anyone has ever lived in the British capital and undertaken the daily commute, it's incredibly difficult viewing.
Scrubs - Where Osama Bin Laden Was Hiding
The humble janitor in Scrubs managed to predict where Osama Bin Laden was hiding before the US government had even narrowed down which country to hunt for the Al-Qaeda leader in.
Despite J.D's sarcastic comment about a globe, the janitor was correct in his wild assumption and in 2011 the American Navy found and killed Bin Laden in a hidden compound in Abbottābad, Pakistan.
The Lone Gunmen - Predicts 9/11
This spinoff X-Files show might have only lasted half a season due to poor ratings, but it made a prediction that still has conspiracy theorists foaming at the mouth with righteousness to this day.
The Lone Gunmen successfully predicted a terror plot that involved a commercial airline being flown into the World Trade Center, but in this alternate universe it was, indeed, an "inside job" as the government planned to attack in order to raise the defense budget.
The Simpsons - Donald Trump Running For President
Back in the year 2000 in Season 11, The Simpsons predicted that Donald Trump would be a lousy president who left the country totally broke.