EERIE reflections of the world's current coronavirus pandemic are being picked out of pop culture by spooked fans.
From The Simpsons references to self-isolation to books and films which actually mention corona and Wuhan, below are some creepy correlations between the real world and fiction.
My Secret Terrius
Netflix drama My Secret Terrius is causing a stir as shocked fans claim it predicted the coronavirus pandemic two years ago.
The South Korean television show was filmed and launched in 2018.
It follows the story of a woman named Go Ae-rin who loses her husband and then discovers he was part of a huge conspiracy.
Fans are linking the programme to the current coronavirus pandemic because of episode 10 of the show.
A scene describes how a coronavirus has been mutated by terrorists to be used as a weapon, leaving doctors desperate to find a cure.
There are several different types of coronavirus, including one that led to the MERS outbreak in 2015 and the most recent one, which causes the disease Covid-19.
A character compares the fictional virus to MERS, saying: "Someone tweaked it to increase the mortality rate to 90%.
"What’s more serious," she adds, "is that the coronavirus has an incubation period of two to 14 days.
"The virus was manipulated to attack the lungs directly within just five minutes of being exposed."
She goes on to describe how there's no cure for the disease.
Later on in the episode, schoolchildren are taught how to wash their hands properly to avoid the spread of the virus.
Disney fans have noticed a spooky coincidence between the film Tangled and the coronavirus pandemic.
In the 2010 animated movie, Rapunzel is kidnapped by a wicked enchantress named Gothel and forced to live out her days locked inside a tower.
Many have drawn comparisons between Rapunzel’s sheltered existence to the self-isolating and social distancing associated with coronavirus but here’s the weird bit.
The name of the kingdom where the story takes place is called Corona.
The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon
Sheldon is a character known for being paranoid about germs but there is a particular episode of The Big Bang Theory which sees him terrified of a "deadly disease" infection.
He ends up in hospital in two weeks of quarantine.
In a Young Sheldon episode, Sheldon is seen leaving class because he doesn't "want to die".
He then watches TV wearing a mask and hears about a contagious virus that originated in China.
End of Days by Sylvia Browne
Sylvia Browne's book End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies About the End of the World has seen a surge in sales recently.
This is because the self-proclaimed psychic states in the book that: "In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe."
The illness she describes sounds very similar to coronavirus.
The book was published in 2008 and, fortunately also predicts that eventually the illness will disappear completely.
The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz
This 1981 novel follows the story of a mother investigating the mysterious circumstances of her son's death.
What's rather spooky about the book is that it refers to a killer virus called “Wuhan-400”.
As most of the world is aware by now, that's the name of the Chinese city where the coronavirus originated.
A character in the book also calls the virus "the perfect weapon" for biological warfare.
Simpsons fans are often praising the cartoon series for predicting major events.
With regards to coronavirus, the 1993 season four episode “Marge in Chains” does depict a global flu pandemic.
However, this fictional pandemic of the “Osaka Flu” is said to originate in a city in Japan, over 1200 miles away from Wuhan.
Fans have also claimed that the animated series "predicted" coronavirus self-isolation in a 1999 episode.
In the episode, Wild Barts Can't Be Broken, Kent reports the news from his own living room, telling the residents of Springfield: "This is Kent Brockman reporting from my own home in accordance with the new curfew for anyone under 70."
People in the UK couldn't help but compare this to news anchors who are having to work from home in real life, including Krishnan Guru-Murthy from Channel 4 News.
Self-isolating Simpsons fans are in a bit of luck though as Disney+ allows you to stream 600 episodes of the show.
You may even spot a 'future predicting' moment of your own.
What is Disney+?
Here's what you need to know…
- Disney has launched a new streaming service to rival online giants such as Netflix and Amazon
- Disney+ has been available in the US since last year and landed in the UK on March 24
- It's a website and app that that you can download onto your smartphone, laptop, tablet or smart TV
- Users can access blockbusters like Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar movies all for one monthly fee
- A whopping 600 episodes of The Simpsons are also available on the service
- A monthly membership costs $6.99 or £5.99 in the UK, while an annual subscription comes to $69.99 and £59.99
- That makes it cheaper than both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
Did The Simpsons predict coronavirus self-isolation?
In other news, viral video chat app Houseparty hasn't been hacked – and may have been targeted by a "commercial smear campaign".
Google Maps can provide you with virtual tours of ancient sites like the Pyramids of Giza, Angkor Wat and Petra.
And, Google has released a new mobile and tablet feature that allows you to project a 3D animal through your screen.
Have you heard any coronavirus conspiracy theories? Let us know in the comments…
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