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The Simpsons Did Not Predict The Collapse Of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge

Eman Hillis Eman Hillis
1st April 2024
The Simpsons Did Not Predict The Collapse Of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge
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The Claim

The Simpsons predicted The Collapse Of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge.

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Following the news of the collapse of Baltimore Francis Scott Key Bridge after a ship collision, Social media users shared a picture of the U.S. animated TV show "The Simpsons,” purporting that the show predicted the collapse of Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge after a cargo ship crashed into it.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral image and found it to be fake.

Misbar's team ran a reverse-image search and found no evidence that the image was from any episode of “The Simpsons.” We also found that the image is AI-generated.

This Image of The Simpsons Is AI-generated

Comparing the characters of the show in the image with the characters from any episode of the show, it is clear that there is a deformation in Lisa's hair spikes. In the show, Lisa's hair spikes are just eight; in the viral image, she has ten.

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Photo Description: Lisa’s hair spikes in the viral image versus her character design.

Furthermore, the design of Homer's character is also flawed. The zigzags of Homer's hair in the viral image are noticeably narrower than in the show.

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Photo Description: The zigzags of Homer's hair in the viral image versus Homer’s zigzags in season 09 episode 01.

Furthermore, Misbar's team ran the image on Hive, a software AI detector. The result indicated a 99.9% chance of AI generation.

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Does “The Simpsons” Predict The Future?

As “The Simpsons” has often been linked to real-world news events, some of its jokes have come true like the Trump presidency, the discovery of the Higgs boson particle, and Disney’s takeover of Fox. These similarities in the show scenes with real-life events made the series a staple for conspiracy theories.

The future can be forecast better than one might think, said Al Jean, one of the show’s original writers and its showrunner since 1998. Episodes of “The Simpsons” air a year after they’re produced, he said, so “it’s just a sort of frame of mind that we’ve got that we think one year ahead.”

“I predict people will make too much of our great predictions,” he joked.

Some attribute the predictions of the show to the producers. William Irwin, the chairman of philosophy at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, and the author of “The Simpsons and Philosophy,” stated that, “When that many smart people produce a television show, it’s bound to make some startling predictions.”

Baltimore Bridge Collapse

On March 26, the Baltimore Key Bridge collapsed after being hit by a 213-million-pound cargo vessel. A large section of the bridge crashed into the Patapsco River resulting in sending at least eight people from a construction crew into the water. Six of them went missing in the collapse, and two of their bodies were recovered from the river on March 27, while the remaining four were very likely encased in fallen steel and concrete, and are presumed dead, the authorities said.

The site of the collapsed bridge may be seen as a crime scene since the police are at the site keeping people and drones away. Army Corp of Engineers Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon said that it will take three steps to begin clearing the remnants of the bridge.

The channel, he said, is 700 feet wide and 50 feet deep and there is much heavy steel bisecting it, with a lot of concrete at the bottom. The steel needs to be taken out and the concrete needs to be removed.

The Baltimore bridge crash is considered the largest-ever marine insured loss. According to experts, rebuilding the bridge alone could cost between $400 million and $1 billion.

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