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Of Course The Simpsons Predicted Coronavirus And Kobe Bryant’s Death

It's happened far too often for it to just be a coincidence at this point.

The Simpsons has been satirising what’s happening in the world for so long now (it’s currently in its fourth decade) that what were originally intended as throwaway gags end up actually end up happening in real life. This whole “The Simpsons predicted *insert world event*” thing is ridiculous and mostly peddled by conspiracy theorists, but it’s gained traction yet again because folks now think the show predicted Kobe Bryant’s death and the coronavirus.

Speaking of the coronavirus, the GOAT team break down what is going on with the outbreak on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Those with an affinity with tinfoil hats have managed to link Kobe Bryant’s passing and the coronavirus outbreak to the 1993 Simpsons episode, ‘Marge In Chains.’

In that episode, Springfield is hit with something called the “Osaka Flu,” which causes many townspeople, including most of the Simpsons family to fall ill. Technically the coronavirus originated from China and Osaka is in Japan, but that’s just nitpicking, especially in the context of Simpsons conspiracy theories here.

Anyway, as a result of this flu, the entire town ends up in a state of panic, leading to a scene where a news reporter in a helicopter repeatedly says the phrase “going around and around,” which theorists claim are a direct reference to what happened to Kobe Bryant’s helicopter (reportedly his helicopter circled before crashing).

Between the Osaka Flu and coronavirus link, and somehow connecting the helicopter scene to what happened to Kobe, it goes without saying that conspiracy theorists have been having a field day with Simpsons predictions.

This whole thing has gotten so out of hand that tinfoil hat-wearers have claimed that an episode of the cartoon, Legends Of Chamberlain Heights, outright predicted Kobe Bryant’s death as there’s a scene where the basketball star literally crashes to the ground while in a helicopter and dies in an explosion.

Needless to say that the coincidences are eerie but it hasn’t stopped theorists from going nuts about the link, so much so that some have mistakenly attributed the scene to be something from The Simpsons. In response, the Legends Of Chamberlain Heights Twitter page issued out a statement saying that the Kobe Bryant scene has been removed from the show.

Now are the references to the coronavirus and Kobe Bryant’s death in The Simpsons and Legends Of Chamberlain Heights purely coincidental? Definitely. Does this mean both shows predicted the future well ahead of time? Oh hell no.

Speaking of Kobe Bryant, the GOAT team discuss the basketball star’s legacy on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

As much as we want to believe that a long-running animated show is able to predict world events before they happen, no one can definitively tell us what’s going to occur in the future, something that Simpsons showrunner Al Jean stresses. It just so happens that since The Simpsons has made so many ridiculous claims over the decades that sooner or later something will eventually happen.

Now apropos of nothing, I’m going to rewatch every single Simpsons episode and take notes on what crazy thing goes down in each episode.

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Robert Pattinson Says He Smells Like A Crayon And I Need To Know Which Colour

Another wild yarn from R-Patz.

Robert Pattinson has gained quite a reputation for spinning wild yarns during interviews, but his most recent comments on his body odour have me truly shaken.

In a recent interview with Allure the star of the upcoming The Batman film said, “Lots of people tell me I smell like a crayon.”

The interviewer – understandably bewildered by this statement – then asked, “Like you’re made of wax?”

To which R-Patz responded, “Yes! Like I’m embalmed.”

I have so many questions. What colour crayon does Pattinson smell like? What brand? Is he using lots of crayons? And most importantly, who are these multiple people who are telling him he smells like crayon!? Is that an insult, or a compliment?

It’s not the first time Robert Pattinson’s scent has come up in conversation. Back in 2009, E! News reported that an unidentified source who worked “very closely” with the actor on New Moon said “he stinks.”

“I mean, it’s awful,” the source said. “He never showers, and it drives people on the set crazy.”

“He completely reeks,” an unidentified crew member added. Yikes.

It’s been over a decade since then, so we can only hope Robert Pattinson has swapped his lack of showering for an obsession with crayons. 

Speaking of celebrity scents, celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer dishes on what Post Malone smells like on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

During his interview with Allure, Pattinson was also asked about being recently named the “most handsome man” in the world according to science.

“It’s weird,” he said. “I never was really up for the good-looking-guy roles, because I’ve always been quite awkward when meeting people.”

“My Harry Potter role was a good-looking guy, and it was a shock that it was quite easy to get. And then in Twilight, [Edward is] beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. When I turned up for the auditions, I had done a job where I’d dyed my hair black, because I had an inch and a half of roots, and I had waxed my body. And then I had a few months where I’d been drinking beer all day, so I had this hairless, chubby body. I looked like a baby with a wig on.”

Hairless, chubby, waxed or smelling like a crayon – we’ll take Robert Pattinson any which way.

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