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Crazy Cartoon Predictions That Came True

Crazy Cartoon Predictions That Came True

The world’s oldest animated cartoon is thought
to be Fantasmagorie, a stick figure animation created by Émile Cohl in 1908. Since Fantasmagorie, cartoons have evolved
into a more sophisticated and popular form of entertainment. Over the years, people have come to know and
love cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo, The Smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, and SpongeBob Square Pants. There are also animated series geared toward
adults such as Family Guy and Samurai Jack. With so much attention focused on the psychological
effects of watching cartoons, one unusual aspect of cartoons has been overlooked until
recently. Did you know that some cartoons have had the
uncanny ability to forecast future technology or future events? We will look at some of these “psychic”
animations in this episode of The Infographics Show, “Top Ten Cartoon Predictions That
Came True.” 10. Laptop Computer Inspector Gadget is an animated series about
a bumbling part-human, part-machine detective. The original 1980s version of the show foresaw
the future when Inspector Gadget’s niece, Penny, used what one article describes as
a “’computer book’” that is similar to a laptop computer. The laptop computer “wasn’t a consumer
product until later in the 1980s” according to the article. 9. Digital Maps The laptop computer was not the only device
predicted by Inspector Gadget. One of the futuristic features of Penny’s
computer book was its ability to map out the location of a place on demand. Digital maps obtained by a few computer keystrokes
probably seemed far-fetched back in the 1980s, but now we take Google Maps, MapQuest, and
GPS for granted. 8. Google Glass One of the tools used by the characters in
a popular anime series called Dragon Ball Z is the DBZ Scouter, which looks similar
to Google Glass. Like Google Glass, the DBZ Scouter has “communication
and tracking abilities” and a “camera feature” according to an anime website. Dragon Ball Z made its debut on Japanese television
in 1989, but the development of Google Glass did not begin until 2012. 7. Stealing Cooking Grease for Profit The Simpsons is a long-running satirical animated
TV series. One prescient episode of the show involved
selling stolen cooking grease, which seemed like a silly cartoon caper back in the 1990s
but has become a growing crime problem in reality. A Consumerist article summarizes the fictional
and real thefts: Way back in 1998, in an episode titled “Lard
of the Dance,” Homer and Bart Simpson became grease bandits, draining local restaurants
of their used fryer oil and reselling it for a profit. Two decades later, folks are still imitating
these animated grease grabbers, stealing oil from eateries and selling it to be refined
into biodiesel. 6. Nobel Prize Winner Various news sources attribute an episode
of The Simpsons called “Elementary School Musical” with correctly predicting that
MIT Professor Bengt Holmström would win the Nobel Prize. In this 2010 episode, Holmström’s name
clearly appears as Milhouse’s choice for the winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics
on a betting pool scorecard. According to one news report, Holmström eventually
won the prize six years later with Oliver Hart of Harvard. 5. Black Market for Kentucky Fried Chicken Who would have thought that a cartoon could
accurately predict something as bizarre as a black market for Kentucky Fried Chicken
(KFC)? That is what a satirical animated sitcom called
South Park did in its 2010 episode called “Medicinal Fried Chicken.” In this episode, South Park’s KFC is converted
to a medicinal marijuana dispensary after all KFCs are shut down. This leads to “Colonel Sanders becoming
a crime boss of a chicken-smuggling empire” according to one entertainment website. While a worldwide “chicken-smuggling empire”
did not become a reality, a temporary black market for KFC chicken emerged after a chicken
shortage caused hundreds of KFCs in the United Kingdom to shut down in 2018. One UK newspaper reported that some people
were gouging desperate customers by selling KFC meals on eBay for around £100 or $131,
and someone even tried to sell a KFC meal for as high as £25,000 or $32,763.90! 4. Carnival Triumph Disaster South Park also correctly predicted what would
become one of the worst PR disasters for Carnival Cruise Lines. According to one source, the show’s 2010
episode called “Crème Fraiche” featured a news show reporting that “’passengers
said that the Carnival Cruise Line smelled like poop.’” Three years later, Business Insider published
an article called “DISASTER TIMELINE: How Carnival Went From ‘Fun Ship’ To ‘Poop
Cruise.’” It reported that a Carnival Cruise Line ship
called the Triumph became stranded at sea for almost a week “due to an engine fire.” Living conditions on board deteriorated because
of the lack of electricity and running water, and the ship “was given the nickname ‘poop
cruise’ because passengers were forced to use the bathroom in bags.” The Triumph truly “smelled like poop”
because the ship’s “hallways were flooded with human waste.” 3. Virtual Pop Star Macross Plus is an original video animation
(OVA) series that was released in 1994. One of its main characters is a virtual pop
star named Sharon Apple. She is a hologram generated by artificial
intelligence, although one source notes that her voice and ability to “express emotions”
are derived from her human manager, Myung Fang Lone. Fast forward to 2007, and we witness the beginnings
of a virtual pop star in the form of Hatsune Miku. A Digital Trends article describes her as
a “vocaloid,” which means she is a “voice synthesizer program.” Like Sharon Apple, Miku’s voice is derived
from human voice samples. In Miku’s case, the samples are from Japanese
voice actress Saki Fujita. For the price of a software license, musicians
can use Miku’s image, name, and voice in their music for profit. In recent years, however, Hatsune Miku has
become a successful performer in her own right as a hologram based on her Vocaloid avatar
image. Described as a “’Japanese music sensation’”
in an NBC News article, she will be performing on stage in Europe this December. 2. Flat Screen TVs Originally airing from 1962 to 1963, The Jetsons
featured a family living in a future world filled with technology that was supposed to
make their lives better and more comfortable (at least when things did not malfunction
or break). An article about the Jetsons notes that it
showcased a few high-tech items that are now commonplace today. One of them is the flat screen TV, which appeared
in the first episode of The Jetsons when Jane Jetson tries to follow an exercise workout
broadcast on TV. A year after the show ended, two University
of Illinois professors, Donald Bitzer and Gene Slottow, and their assistant Robert Wilson
invented the first prototype flat screen TV. It had a monochrome display, and “the resolution
was very poor by modern standards” according to one report. The report further states that significant
improvements were not made to the 1964 design until decades later when a “Panasonic engineer
named Larry Weber invented the present-day version of the plasma TV,” which Panasonic
started selling in 1997. 1. Capsule Endoscopy Camera (PillCam) The article about the Jetsons also notes that
in an episode called “Test Pilot,” George Jetson “swallows a tiny robotic pill called
the Peekaboo Prober” as part of a physical exam he had to get done for work. As the probe traveled through his body, it
performed “an internal checkup while displaying the images of his insides on the screen.” Today, we have the capsule endoscopy camera,
which is a tiny imaging camera in the form of a pill that can be swallowed. The Mayo Clinic notes that the camera is used
to “see inside your small intestine” and can be used to diagnose a variety of health
problems such as inflammatory bowel diseases, cancer, and celiac disease. The best-known capsule endoscopy camera is
the PillCam SB capsule, which “has been used close to 1.5 million times by more than
5,000 medical facilities in more than 75 countries” since it was officially released in 2001 according
to the European Patent Office. Is there an eerily accurate cartoon prediction
that we missed? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Most Dangerous Hackers In The World! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

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