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Did 'The Simpsons' Predict Meta's Threads Logo?

Exactly what the Threads logo symbolizes has been a bone of contention ever since the app was rolled out in July 2023.

Published Jul 10, 2023

 (Twitter screenshot)
Image Via Twitter screenshot
The logo of Meta's Threads app was based on, or closely resembles, actual depictions of Homer Simpson's ear in "The Simpsons."

On July 5, 2023, Facebook and Instagram's parent company, Meta, rolled out a new, Twitter-like platform for text- and image-based conversations called Threads. The new app's abstract logo design, which more or less resembled an ornate "at" sign (@), immediately caught the fancy of users on other social media platforms, who joked and speculated about its meaning and origin.

did the simpsons predict threads logo (Meta) 

Some argued it looked like a twirled strand of spaghetti; others likened it to an ear. In the spirit of the internet tradition of finding (or inventing) references to every conceivable topic in past episodes of the animated TV series "The Simpsons," people began suggesting that the logo's design is visually identical to depictions of Homer Simpson's ear in the show, and/or that "The Simpsons" had thereby "predicted" the rollout of Threads. 

But, in fact, that is not what Homer Simpson's ear looks like. It looks like this: 

did the simpsons predict threads (The Simpsons/YouTube)

The version used in comparisons with the Threads logo was clearly fabricated for that purpose by editing a commonly shared drawing of Homer's face: 


The claim is therefore false.

We've fact-checked many examples of so-called "Simpsons predictions" over the years, from the Silicon Valley Bank crash of 2023 to Donald Trump's presidency. For the complete roster, see our collection, 'The SImpsons' Didn't Predict That.


"Introducing Threads: A New Way to Share With Text." Meta, 5 July 2023, https://about.fb.com/news/2023/07/introducing-threads-new-app-text-sharing/.

David Emery is a West Coast-based writer and editor with 25 years of experience fact-checking rumors, hoaxes, and contemporary legends.

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