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The Simpsons' crystal ball: Bombing Syrian 'rebels' and 6 other 'predictions'

Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have become household names since 'The Simpsons' first aired in 1987. But the show's uncanny ability to consistently predict future events has many believing the cartoon's creators have a crystal ball.

One of the most prominent of their "predictions" relates to the current state of US politics. Donald Trump's presidential bid was first depicted on the cartoon series - playing out in a 2000 episode some 16 years before the billionaire was actually chosen as the Republican Party's nominee.

And that's far from being the only case of an episode of The Simpsons reflecting future events. Here, RT lists six other past episodes in which The Simpsons bizarrely predicted, depicted, or referred to major contemporary events that were yet to unfold.

Comment: The Trump elevator scene doesn't count because it was made after Trump actually did that! The creators copied real life!

The rest can largely be explained away as coincidental.

But the Syrian rebel flag is weird though...

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Smart kettle 'refuses' to make tea for data specialist

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A man has spent an entire day attempting to get a smart kettle to make him a cup of tea. The English data specialist found his Wi-Fi enabled kettle was no longer connecting to its base station, preventing it from functioning and leaving him without tea.

Mark Rittman first detailed his problem in a tweet yesterday. "Still haven't had a first cup of tea this morning, debugging the kettle and now iWifi base-station has reset," Rittman said.

He added "Boiling water in saucepan now." Rittman proceeded to detail his progress towards fixing the kettle, gaining mass attention in the process.

Rittman first tried to use the kettle shortly before 9am. The companion app entered debugging mode though, causing the kettle's base station to reset.

After that, the kettle and its controller became completely disconnected, leaving Rittman attempting to "recalibrate" the kettle. Several hours later, Rittman still hadn't solved the problem and the kettle and base station were refusing to link up.

Rittman was forced to port scan his network to identify the location of the kettle. After eventually reconnecting the kettle to the Wi-Fi, the app said the device had to be recalibrated another time.

After the calibration procedure completed, the kettle began refusing to connect to the network again though.


A U.S. serviceman's 1944 guide to the English: population is 'mad, ridiculous, impossible'

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Englishmen are "mad" and "impossible", according to a short book aimed at introducing WWII US servicemen to the country's culture.

The 1944 guide titled The English and their Country is being reprinted by the Imperial War Museum.

It was aimed at introducing the Americans to some of the quirks and foibles of the English, including their eating habits, the North-South divide and their native standoffishness around strangers.

The pamphlet says that the English are a mystery which has confounded other nations since time immemorial.

"The English have for centuries been a puzzle to the people of other countries... the English have been called mad, hypocritical, impossible, ridiculous, cunning, simple and many other terms that, taken together, cancel each other out," it says.

Mr. Potato

A Bad Lip Reading of the 1st presidential debate

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head to head in classic games such as "Time to Act!", "Five Favorites", and "I Can Do This!" in the latest edition of Bad Lip Reading.


Proven: Flies Like Excrement

Twitter was abuzz last night over startling new revelations that... a fly landed right on Hillary Clinton's face during the debate!

Comment: Pneumonia virus freaks out, threatens suicide after realizing it infected Killary


Russians halt search for intelligent life in Washington and Western Europe

A Russian research team which claimed to have detected signs of intelligent life in Washington has now discovered the life there not to be quite so intelligent after all.

A Russian spokesman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told our Moscow science correspondent —who also wishes to remain anonymous— that the Washington atmosphere has been poisoned by huge clouds of putrid hot air belching from the corporate media. He explained that such a hostile environment makes it almost impossible for intelligent life to survive, let alone evolve a sustainable culture. The Russian team believes there may still be small pockets of intelligent life elsewhere on the North American continent but without the necessary conditions they need to thrive they are destined to disappear without trace.

Speaking off the record, the Russian spokesman, who asked us not to disclose his identity, added that hopes of finding intelligent life in London, Paris, Berlin and other Western European locations, where it might be expected to flourish, are fading fast. Though it is believed intelligent life once existed in Occidental Europe, an atmosphere suitable for the maintenance of such life has all but evaporated.

Comment: It's not just the media that is parasitical in Washington:


Trojan tea-maker: FSB gifted top Russian official under investigation with wiretapped samovar

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A samovar is a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in and around Russia, as well as in countries in Central Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Kashmir and the Middle-East.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) has come up with a pretty unusual way to use a samovar - a traditional Russian kettle with a spigot - after one was given as a present to the head of an investigative committee suspected of large-scale bribery with a bug inside.

The head of internal affairs of Russia's Investigative Committee, Mikhail Maksimenko, has reportedly become aware that FSB is keeping an eye (or, rather, an ear) on all of his conversations at the office thanks to the shiny copper samovar he received as a present from the security service.

"I have bugs all over the place, God bless them. I want them to see that I'm alright and I don't take bribes," Maksimenko said, explaining his response to the news that his office was wiretapped, the Russian Kommersant newspaper quotes.

The data retrieved from the bug made it possible to charge three top officials of the investigative committee with bribery.

Comment: At least the FSB was considerate enough to give Maksimenko something useful!


Monopoly 'Modern London' edition now only has dark blue properties

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A new edition of Monopoly has every property, from Old Kent Road to Mayfair, coloured dark blue and priced at the maximum rate.

The game still awards players £200 for passing Go but property prices increase by 20 to 60 per cent every turn, with rent payable on every square from the outset.

A spokesman for manufacturers Parker Brothers said: "It's long overdue an update. I mean, a Free Parking square? In London?

"Most properties already have luxury apartment blocks on, raising rent to around £2,000, the utilities are privatised, Community Chest is means-tested and if you land on a train station you have to buy an annual season ticket.

"It's still possible to win the game if you're lucky enough to only land on Chance squares and the other players agree to club together to share a place.

"Of course within a couple of turns you're in unmanageable debt and have no choice but keep joylessly playing and paying the bank for the rest of your life."

Eleanor Shaw of Croydon said: "You know what looks good? Jail looks good."


Mysterious 1,600-year-old Mayan tablet of 'Eye Padro' discovered In ancient Guatemalan ruins

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A 1,600-year-old tablet describing the reign of a mysterious ancient king Eye Padro has been unearthed in the ancient ruins of a temple in Guatemala. It describes the king's 15-year rule during a period of unrest in Mayan history.

Covered in human fingerprints and debris, archeologists took several days to carefully brush away the surrounding earth after discovering the 12″ tablet two feet below the surface last week while digging for artifacts from the Mayan site.

"It's a pretty significant find," said Professor Theodore C. Bestor, an anthropologist at Harvard University, "When we charged up the device, we found a treasure trove of information contained on the tablet, including a gallery of ancient pictures and selfies taken by tribes men and women who lived and worked in the region.

"We believe the owner of the tablet was a high priest king, who went by the name Eye Padro who lived somewhere between 400 BC and 550 AD".

However, since discovering the tablet last week, the archaeologist team behind the find have had to wait for further information to be released from the device, as there are 'thousands' of updates for it to go through before it functions normally again.

"It is painfully slow, but is working. When we open it, it notifies us of 3,476 new updates, which unfortunately we will have to wait through," explained Bestor. "It should be up-to-speed by December 2017, and then we can start looking into its contents in more detail".

Of the information given so far, the tablet details how the great king Eye Padro ruled the Mayan people for almost 20 years, before being murdered by a rival tribe under the rule of king Saim Sung. The tablet, primitive in design, has no earphone jack, as expected with such an ancient tablet.


Latest 'update' gives Hillary 3 more human expressions

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The latest system update for synthetic humanoid robot the Clinton 2016 has been well received in tech circles with praise being set aside for the new addition of 3 life like, almost human expressions.

The Clinton 2016, fondly referred to by its operators as Hillary Clinton, can now address humans and react to words, pictures and sounds with almost double the number of expressions that were contained in a previous update.

"Oh, we're delighted, The Hillbot, can now express mild appreciation, stern joy and effortless awkwardness," chief operator of the robot Robby Mook explained, "while humanoid robots are a relatively new technology, we firmly believe that if someone who had particularly poor eyesight saw this model they'd almost believe it was human".

The robot, designed in America and assembled in a Chinese kindergarten, had previously had a software patch fitted which allowed it to quickly respond to questions and sycophantically agree with whatever opinion was expressed in order to become well liked by a human.

Not everyone is impressed with the latest update however, as many people report feeling ill at ease with seeing a robot attempt to take on human characteristics, becoming nauseous at the sight.

"I just don't trust it, it's a bit uncanny valley for me. And worst of all, you get the weird feeling it doesn't even know it's a robot," shared tech sceptic and Florida native Will Orphen.