I don’t know if, back in 1989, anyone could have ever predicted that The Simpsons would still be airing 25 years later, and that a network called FXX would pony up $750 million dollars to secure rerun and digital rights to the classic series. Yet here we are in 2014, mere days before FXX will begin airing its record-breaking 12-day-long Simpsons mega-marathon. It’s no mystery that a large bulk of the series’ output over the years has been in homage to nearly every nook and cranny of the worlds of arts, sports and entertainment, but it may surprise you to learn that Matt Groening and his revolving door of writers and showrunners may have dabbled in some black magic.

Well, that’s probably not true. But the series has often referenced and poked fun at things that were still years away from happening, almost to a disturbing degree. And no, I’m not talking about Stephen King’s Under the Dome. Here are ten of the most weirdly prophetic blackboard gags the show has used since its inception, and the real life events they predated. (Speaking of inception, they also did a gag about that, although it was well after the film came out.)

”Homer’s Night Out” March 25, 1990
Not that anyone would ever think Bart would actually call Mrs. Krabappel an endearment as flip as "hot cakes," but maybe he tried it on his third grade teacher in the past. In any case, this was still six full years before the notorious relationship began between Shorewood Elementary School teacher Mary Kay Letourneau and her then 12-year-old student Vili Fualaau. The tabloid-worthy case took Letourneau to prison while pregnant in 1997, and while it seemed like a match made in the weirdest kind of hell, the couple are actually still married and raising their two children together. Not that they were alone or anything; this case was the first of seemingly thousands of teacher-student relationships revealed in the 17 years since. I bet Jimbo Jones would have totally gone to town with Mrs. K.

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