The first Bitcoin was mined on Jan. 3, 2009.
But 12 years earlier, someone beat them to the idea, by The Simpsons, an animated comedy TV show, which first aired in 1989.
Some of the show’s notable predictions include the iPod, Apple’s Siri, and Smartwatches, but new details have emerged that suggest the creators of The Simpsons knew more than 99.99% of people back then.
Another ‘prediction’ was found in an episode of The Simpsons called “My Sister, My Sitter” airing on March 2, 1997, showing Homer and Marge in front of a store sign reading “Crypto Barn”.
The store described itself as “A place for codes.”
However, this is not the first such coincidence discovered by members of the Bitcoin community.
Who else predicted Bitcoin years before it came to be?
In 1999, American economist and Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences Milton Friedman predicted the rise of digital currencies like Bitcoin.
In an interview with NTU/F, Friedman suggested a way of payment in the future that would represent “A method where buying on the Internet you can transfer funds from A to B, without A knowing B or B knowing A.”
Some have seen parallels to Bitcoin in books, such as Neal Stephenson’s “Cryptonomicon” published in 2002, “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” written in 2003 by Cory Doctorow, who described a Bitcoin-like currency Whuffie, and “Future Imperfect” by David D. Friedman published in 2008.