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A collection of images from "The Simpsons," the long-running animated TV show on Fox, is surfacing on social media, where users are falsely claiming that it "predicted " Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
"The Simpsons, who predicted everything, also saw this war," one post sharing the collage wrote. "The situation is serious, everyone goes to the shelters."
"Oh look," another post said. "The Simpsons predicted the Ukraine ‘war’ too. How fun is life in the DS Matrix?"
The animated TV show has, on occasion, predicted the future — including Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show and Donald Trump’s presidency. But it did not predict Russia’s war in Ukraine.
As fact-checkers at Reuters have reported, the images from "The Simpsons" that supposedly allude to the war were doctored.
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