01:05 GMT10 August 2020
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    The plot of the animated series' episode in question involved a fictional disease called "Osaka Flu" that spreads to the United States, and may or may not be compared with the current coronavirus crisis.

    While popular American animated sitcom “The Simpsons” already has somewhat of a reputation for predicting certain events – such as, for example, Trump becoming President of the United States – in seems that yet another portion of jokes the series cracked over two and a half decades ago might've come true, military.com claims.

    Focusing its attention on a Season 4 episode titled "Marge in Chains", the media outlet suggests that the "Osaka Flu" pandemic, which reaches the fictional town of Springfield where the show is set after a Japanese factory worker coughs into a package, may be considered a prediction of the current coronavirus.

    When the townsfolk later overturn a truck they hoped to find the cure for the malady at, they end up accidentally breaking a crate containing killer bees, while this year was marked by reports of "murder hornets" from East Asia being spotted in the United States for the first time.

    The episode in question also features the arrest of one of the main characters, which leads to a chain of events culminating in rioting and civil unrest in the town.

    "Sounds like 2020 so far", the media outlet remarks.

    And though said predictions could perhaps be considered far-fetched by some, a number of social media users seemed to suggest otherwise.

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