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No, The Simpsons Did Not Predict the Use of DEWs in Maui

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19th August 2023
No, The Simpsons Did Not Predict the Use of DEWs in Maui
The Simpsons did not predict directed energy weapons use in Maui (Twitter)

The Claim

The Simpsons predicted the 2023 Hawaii wildfires.

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After the recent fires in Hawaii, social media users have shared a video claiming to feature scenes from the animated TV series "The Simpsons," suggesting an accurate prediction of the future use of a "directed energy weapon."

The clip merely shows a chaotic scene caused by a destructive beam of light.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake.

The video features authentic scenes from “The Simpsons,” but users have shared it without taking its original context into account.

The Edited Clip from The Simpsons Omits a Significant Scene

While the video includes authentic scenes from the animated series, the edited clip, tagged with the well-known The Simpsons Predictions, excludes the significant chrome statue that was erected in the heart of the town and was the cause of the fires in the original plot line.

In the 2016 episode of "The Simpsons" titled "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus," the event that took place involved a recently erected chrome statue in downtown Springfield inadvertently functioning as a mirror. This mirror-like effect concentrated the sun's rays into a powerful beam, which subsequently caused extensive damage to the town. 

It is worth noting that this occurrence was not portrayed as a military weapon or a "directed energy weapon."

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the episode’s plot from Wiki Simpsons.

The YouTube channel "Daily Simpsons" uploaded the complete scene, including the omitted part, in August 2017, which was one year after the episode was initially released.

The video includes a depiction of the chrome statue that was placed in the center of the town and served as the catalyst for the fires in the original storyline.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the original episode from YouTube.

Does The Simpsons Predict the Future?

"The Simpsons" has frequently been associated with predictions about the future. Consequently, this well-liked show has established itself as a significant interest for conspiracy theorists.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Al Jean, the person in charge of the show, provided insight:  "There is the kind of prediction, where we reference something that has happened, happening again — we hope it wouldn’t, but sadly, it does.”

Misbar’s team has been actively engaged in debunking claims related to supposed "Simpsons predictions" for a significant period of time. The recent instance involve the rebranding of Twitter to "X."

Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs)

Directed Energy Weapons refer to electromagnetic systems that can convert chemical or electrical energy into radiated energy, focusing it onto a designated target. 

This method results in real-world damage by diminishing, disabling, or destroying an enemy's capability.

Maui, Hawaii Wildfires

Officials from Maui County have revealed that the death toll resulting from the Maui wildfires has risen to 111, reaching this figure a week after the initial blaze ravaged sections of the Hawaiian island. Concurrently, the painstaking process of locating and confirming the identities of the victims continues at a notably sluggish pace. Out of the 111 individuals who tragically lost their lives in the fires, only 10 have been positively identified.

According to the National Fire Protection Association's report, the Maui wildfires have been the deadliest in the United States in over a century.

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