Everything The Simpsons Predicted Accurately

Ted Cruz's Cancún scandal is the latest in a long line of 'Simpsons' predictions.
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Everything The Simpsons Has Predicted in 2021 and Beyond
People have been trying to predict the future for as long as we've been around as a species—Nostradamus, the Mayans, Miss Cleo (may she rest in peace). They've all taken their shots (and subsequent misses) at predicting what is to come in our lifetimes. Most notably, we seem to keep missing the end of the world, may it come soon and swiftly. But perhaps we've been looking in the wrong place. If any one entity is going to correctly forecast our demise, it's likely going to be the long-running animated series, The Simpsons. For over three decades, the series has thrived with a dedicated audience invested in the hijinks of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. But the catch is that despite many of its storylines being asinine beyond belief, they end up getting mimicked in real life later on. Whether that's strange, unconscious manifestation or clairvoyance is up to you to decide, but it's impossible to look at The Simpsons and not feel a bit uneasy about how spot on the FOX show seems to be about what's to come. Even creepier, the show seems to be getting it right with increasing accuracy. "It's a little sad that something you put in a show as a joke because it was so crazy came true," longtime Simpsons showrunner Al Jean told Esquire shortly after they predicted Donald Trump becoming president. Below is a look at some of their greatest hits. From tiger attacks to Trump presidency, it's best to keep an eye on The Simpsons. Wise are those who prepare via an animated TV series. Read More
The 25 Best Thrillers on Netflix Right Now
When it comes to film, you'll be hard pressed to find anything more engaging than a thriller. Sure, an action movie is going to get your blood pressure up. A drama is going to draw you in with narrative and dialogue, but a thriller? Well, that's the best of both worlds. That's a film that requires your attention, and if you invest, you get story, action, and at least a couple of jump scares. We dare you to half-pay attention to any Safdie Brothers movie on this list—Uncut Gems or Good Time. You'll miss everything in the span of one whirlwind second. Go ahead and attempt to follow Yorgos Lanthimos's Killing of a Sacred Deer while sneaking a moment to doomscroll. You can't do it! So, go ahead and take your cell phone and bury it under some blankets in another room, because it's not going to serve you well during a watch of any of the great thrillers below. Netflix offers a massive library of movies at your fingertips, but the best of them when you need a real, absolute distraction is a good thriller. Below, we've rounded up the best thrillers on Netflix, which include true crime, horror, noir, comedy, action, and more. When your'e done with that, go ahead and browse our list of best movies of all time, which has a fair share of classic thrillers to keep the thrills coming. Read More
Some of Apple's Best Products Are (Still) Marked Down on Amazon
It is peak doldrum time. Doldrums of the pandemic, doldrums of February. But hey—on President's Day, Apple products got knocked down a few price points on Amazon. And better yet, even though the holiday is long over, those deals persist. You can get up to $100 off, which is nothing to scoff at. So if you had plans to snag some AirPods with a wireless charging case, or a new iPad model, or an oldie-but-goodie Apple Watch Series 3, snag 'em now before they hit their list prices again. Get your shopping in, before it's back to the same-old of February. Read More
These Are the Best Sweats Sets We've Tried in Ages
We at Esquire believe that even in the After Times, when we're dressing to go out again, very good sweats will remain a part of our daily conversation. Enter Everlane, the DTC darling dead-set on making sure that's the case—at least if today's launch of the new "Track" collection is anything to go by. Everlane VP of design Sonia Martin calls pieces like sweatpants and hoodies the "starting point" in a guy's wardrobe. "So we set out to make these styles even better than anything he's worn before," she says, "especially since it's now his everyday look." Of course, all of that doesn't do you a lot of good if the styles themselves don't deliver. But these do. The pants manage to walk the dangerous line between "couch-only baggy" and "fashion-victim tight" with precision, offering up a fit that's slim enough to wear comfortably out in the world, but chilled-out enough to suggest that, yes, you are aware that you're wearing sweatpants. And the best part? The whole collection tops out at $60. Read More
The 16 Essential T-Shirt Brands Every Man Should Know (and Replenish From)
We're living through historic times for the T-shirt. The basic tee, once imbued so indelibly with ties to the counter-culture courtesy of associations with on-screen badasses like Brando and Dean, is now so innocuous it's downright mainstream. These days, you could even say the T-shirt has become the de facto building block of the everyday outfit, long since replacing stuffier counterparts like the collared shirt, let alone (*checks notes*) the suit. All of which means there have never been more options to choose from. And while we're ever-thankful for the variety, it can sure get a little overwhelming. Luckily for you, we sifted through the nearly endless supply of T-shirts available now to track down the 16 brands responsible for our favorites, with the recommendation that if you happen to find a style you dig, you stock up on it—and fast. From tees that are cut cropped and boxy, to tees that are longer and trim throughout the body, to tees that cling to your torso in exactly the way you want them to, we cover 'em all. And if you're looking for an ultra-sturdy option, or an option made out of super-soft cotton, or something you could work out in, or a tee studiously crafted out of some of the most sustainable materials on the planet, we got them too. Scroll through below to find the right one for you, and then wear yours with literally every single piece in your closet. Read More
The Dead of Winter Calls for Diving Into One of 2021's Best Books (So Far). These Are Those Books.
We say it every year, but only because it's always true: we're in for another great year in books, folks. Beginning with this winter's stunning slate of new releases, 2021 has so much to offer for your literary diet, meaning that, even if you're social distancing indoors to stop the pandemic's spread, you'll have plenty to keep your mind occupied. Our favorite books of the season come from authors both emerging and established, meditating on everything from life online to life in the intersections of identity. Set everywhere from the all-too-real world to the distant past, and even peering into the speculative future, they offer escape, education, and spiritual enlargement—whatever you're looking for. Not all of these books have hit shelves yet, but if you see something you like, do yourself a favor and pre-order it. When it lands on your doorstep in mere weeks, consider it a gift from Past You—and don't waste any time diving in. Read More
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