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Did This Archie Comic Strip Already Predict Online School from Home in 1997?

1997 strip Archie's comic strip.

1997 strip Archie's comic strip.

An Archie Comics strip from about 25 years ago is now becoming viral for almost correctly anticipating a switch to remote schooling in 2021.

It would seem so, but The Simpsons don’t have the monopoly when it comes to spooky accurate predictions of the future, after all. An Archie Comics strip from about 25 years ago is now becoming viral for almost correctly anticipating a switch to remote schooling in 2021. The Comics issue published in 1997 is leaving netizens stunned after Archie Comics’ official Facebook page posted a strip that depicted how it imagined distance education in 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic brought drastic changes to our everyday life. The new normal implied a prominent switch in the daily functioning of human beings. While many small and large corporate entities had to make a shift to the Work From Home (WFH) concept, educational institutions also switched to online learning owing to the unprecedented situations due to the lockdown. While most must have not visualised this situation, Archie Comics seems to have eerily predicted the state of schooling in 2021 in one of their editions in 1997.

Archie Comics shared a picture of a 24-year old issue of the strip titled, “Betty in High School 2021” on its Facebook and Twitter page. It shows that the said comic was released in February of 1997, to be precise. The prophecy is from a scene that features one of the major characters of the series, Betty.

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Betty, in the comic strip, could be seen sitting at the dining table. Her mother looks at the clock and tells her to hurry up, warning that school is about to start. To this, Betty responds saying that she still has all 30 seconds for the class to start. Then her father says how children of the current generation are lucky to have school from their respective homes. The students do not have to attend classes from school or carry books or worry about the weather.

The next scene shows Betty seated in front of the computer getting ready for the lecture to begin. She then says to her parents that the class is about to begin, pointing to a camera attached to the front of the computer. The comic strip eerily parallels the situation of today as students worldwide study remotely using electronic devices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, there have been incidents when The Simpsons’ predictions turned out to be true years later, especially those related to former US President Donald Trump. An early episode of Simpsons resurfaced last year, almost predicting an epidemic of coronavirus virus.