Simpsons fans believe they have predicted the future thanks to new Netflix series



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Simpsons fans believe they have predicted the future thanks to new Netflix series

A new Netflix documentary titled "Pepsi, Where's My Jet?" exposes a company sweepstake in which customers were promised the chance to win a Harrier jet - and it seems a decade ago, The Simpsons predicted the whole thing long before it happened.

Pepsi had a commercial in the 1990s that portrayed a young man who was trying to fly around, believing that if he collected enough Pepsi points, he would be able to fly like that young man. However, as the old saying goes, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, and it all came to light when one Pepsi fan tried to take over their Harrier jet.

According to the latest Netflix documentary, this entire giveaway went hugely off plan and the company said it was intended to create a witty and entertaining commercial using the entire giveaway.

Netflix describes the documentary as follows in the synopsis: "When a 20-year-old attempts to win a fighter jet in a Pepsi sweepstakes, he sets the stage for a David versus Goliath court battle for the history books."

Now, without too much doubt, fans are suggesting that The Simpsons predicted the outcome of this promotional campaign in Season 5 Episode 17, "Bart Gets An Elephant."

Fans react

One fan wrote: "Watching Pepsi, where’s my jet? Thinking only of this TV greatness."

A second joked: "Of course 'Bart Gets an Elephant' episode of The Simpsons aired before the guy tried to get a Harrier jet from Pepsi." A third remarked: "John Leonard (Pepsi, Where's My Jet?) had to have inspired the Bart Gets an Elephant Simpsons episode [sic]."

It shows Bart trying to claim an obviously fake prize from the radio station - an elephant - when he wins the competition, and it aired way back in 1994 - meaning it most certainly predated Pepsi's now infamous 1996 sweepstakes.

The similarity between the episode and what really happened when John Leonard tried to take over his $23 million fighter jet didn't go unnoticed among viewers, who took to social media to share their claims about The Simpsons' accurate prediction again.