QAnon Thinks Something Big Is Coming… Because of a ‘Simpsons’ Episode 

According to QAnon, September 24 is going to get wild.

A conspiracy that “something big” is about to happen on Saturday, Sept. 24, has taken hold among QAnon supporters around the world, in part thanks to a 2013 episode of The Simpsons.

One member of a German Telegram channel pointed out that in episode 9 of Season 24 (9/24, Sept. 24, get it?) of the animated sitcom, the plot revolves around a group of preppers. In particular, the characters discuss WROL, or Without Rule of Law, which is doomsday-prepper lingo for the complete breakdown of society after a major catastrophe. 

The episode also features an electromagnetic pulse device, which QAnon followers believe will usher in “10 days of darkness” and ultimately the return of former President Donald Trump to the Oval Office.

To back up their wild speculation, followers flagged other coincidences about the day—such as the fact that Sept. 24 on the Gregorian calendar converts to Sept. 11 on the Julian calendar. Others pointed out that it is the beginning of Rosh Hoshanah, the Jewish new year, though, like many of the claims, this is inaccurate as the holiday begins this year on the evening of Sept. 25.

….the idea has been spread by Juan O Savin, who is organizing GOP secretary of state candidates in multiple states. “Everything from nuclear armageddon to a financial reset to widespread water poisoning and an armed revolution has been predicted by those spinning these conspiracies to their followers,” Vice News reported. “Last weekend, one of the speakers at the conspiracy-filled Reawaken America conference series, where Trump’s two adult sons have spoken in the past, told the audience that ‘the day of vengeance’ was a week away, before adding: ‘We’re going to watch it happen.'” Trump has been embracing QAnon on his Truth Social website, invigorating devotees.

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But the building frustration has fueled violence. “Many in the QAnon scene are frustrated that the secret plan they so desired has not yet been seen in reality,” Josef Holnburger, co-director of CeMAS, a think tank specializing in conspiracy ideology and right-wing extremism, told VICE News. 

Translation of German Tweet: The QAnon scene has (once again) picked a new date for their end-time predictions. September 24th. Many think that something will happen – an EMP, mass arrests, blackouts. Background: A promise from Friedrich Merz.

In the U.S. alone there has been a noticeable uptick in violent activity linked to QAnon conspiracies in recent weeks. Last week, a man in Michigan shot and killed his wife and shot and injured his daughter after being radicalized by QAnon conspiracies. In Pennsylvania, an armed man who had shared QAnon videos on Facebook entered a Dairy Queen shop and threatened to “kill all Democrats.”