Belief in The Simpsons’ ability to predict the future has long been discussed online, with many viewers genuinely believing the storylines can tell us what to expect in the real world, but now viewers are taking to the internet to claim the cartoon has forecast an EMP attack on September 24, 2022.
Conspiracy theorists are also tying the apocalypse storyline in with a video that features a German politician discussing September 24. However, the theory an EMP attack is coming this week is unfounded and easily debunked. Let’s take a look…
Simpsons episode spawns EMP attack fears for September 24 2022
In an episode of The Simpsons entitled Homer Goes To Prep School, we see Homer join a survivalist cult. The leader is taking the group on a retreat to prepare for the end of the world.
Homer believes the end of the world really is coming and predicts a large explosion will take place. He tells a rather unimpressed Marge: “The apocalypse is coming. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe never, but it’s coming.”
So why has this moment led to hundreds of people thinking the world is going to end this month? Well, the episode is season 24 episode 9, which, when put together, makes the date 24/9.
This episode has linked to another theory that September 24, 2022 will be the end of the world, which evolved from a video of politician Friedrich Merz speaking in Germany’s parliament.
Merz says: “24th of September 2022 will remain in our memories as a day we will all remember.”
However, the clip has been taken out of context as he continues: “Later we will say, I know exactly where I was when I heard the first news of the war in Ukraine.”
The clip is from February 2022 and is about the beginning of the war in Ukraine. The politician tells people that in a few months (September of the same year) we will all look back and remember where we were when the war started.
Therefore, it has nothing to do with predicting the future or implying a large event such as an EMP attack will happen on September 24, 2022.
What is an EMP?
An EMP is an electromagnetic pulse. The threat of an EMP to our grid is “a conspiracy theorist’s dream,” Forbes reports. However, Forbes also states a US commission to assess the threat to the US from EMP attack in 2008 stated EMPs are real.
EMPS are short bursts of electromagnetic energy and can be natural, from things such as extreme solar geomagnetic disturbances, or man-made.
The world has actually seen an EMP before. In 1962, military project Starfish Prime involved a thermonuclear warhead launched on the nose of a Thor rocket into space.
Twitter users react to conspiracy theory
While some people remain skeptical – one Twitter user simply said they weren’t believing a theory just because a television show featured it in a storyline – others were less sure.
One person responded to a tweet discussing The Simpsons’ apparent (and unproven) ability to predict the future: “But what is it now… like 30 predictions have come to reality?”
Another urged people to listen to The Simpsons, posting: “The Simpsons say prepare for an EMP. This might sound like a joke. It’s not.”
Other people simply found the conspiracy theory amusing, tweeting: “It’ll be interesting to see how accurate The Simpsons is about this September 24 EMP event. Lol.”