[[caption-width-right:325:Can you [[Creator/CarlBarks raise a sunken boat]] [[ComicBook/DonaldDuck with nothing but ping-pong balls]]? [[Series/MythBusters Yes, actually.]]]]

->''"As far as I know, the first suggestion in the scientific literature about terraforming the planets was made in a 1961 article I wrote about Venus. [...] The idea was soon taken up by a number of science fiction authors in the continuing dance between science and science fiction - in which the science stimulates the fiction, and the fiction stimulates a new generation of scientists, a process benefiting both genres."''
-->-- '''Creator/CarlSagan''', ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot_(book) Pale Blue Dot]]''.

Leonardo da Vinci didn't ''invent'' the helicopter, but he did draw a picture of one.

Throw enough hypothetical inventions and scenarios out into the world and the chances are that some of them will eventually become reality. Some were ideas waiting to happen: even our stone age ancestors could see from birds that flying was possible. Some ideas required a bit more imagination. Either way, life has imitated art.

A SuperTrope to {{Defictionalization}}, which is deliberately doing this as part of merchandising. Compare TheRedStapler, which is when art affects the popularity of something. Contrast TruthInTelevision.

See also HilariousInHindsight, HarsherInHindsight, and FunnyAneurysmMoment. When taken UpTo11, especially with a dash of these thrown in for good measure, it can become Life Imitates Farce.

Not to be confused with ArtInitiatesLife, which describes artistic pieces ''literally'' coming to life.
!!Examples with their own pages:
* ''LifeImitatesArt/BlackMirror''
* ''LifeImitatesArt/BlackMirrorNosedive''
* ''LifeImitatesArt/StarTrek''



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

%%* It appears someone figured that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DYLNRnMIK0&feature=related coming up with a story about a 13 year old father]] is a good way to earn some quick buck. ''Boys Empire'' comes to mind.
* The [[TheWikiRule Gundam Wiki]] gives us this gem concerning the [[MinovskyPhysics Minovsky Particle]] (emphasis added):
-->''The disruption of electromagnetic radiation is due to the small lattice of the I-field creating fringes that long wavelengths cannot penetrate, and that diffract wavelengths that have similar distance with the fringes. This diffraction and polarization process disrupts the electromagnetic waves. '''Notice in real life there is a similar experimental particle that could do the same thing in few thousandth of a second, which is still not practical but proves the theory to be correct.'''
* In ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'', it's revealed that the Build Burning Gundam Gunpla was hidden inside a Dom. [[http://www.gundamkitscollection.com/2014/10/custom-build-1144-dom-x-build-burning.html Then, people revealed that, with a bit of work, you can actually fit an actual Build Burning Gunpla inside a Dom Gunpla!]] It got to the point where Gunpla stores had to put signs by their Dom/Rick-Dom Gunpla specifically stating that the models ''do not'' come with a free Build Burning Gundam!
* From ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', Ichiro Miyata's [[SignatureMove Jolt Counter]] was actually used in a real boxing title match by [[http://youtu.be/HtjSckoZ6R0?t=3m59s Juan Manuel Marquez to defeat Manny Pacquiao in six rounds.]]
* The second series of 1983's ''[[Anime/MiimuIroiroYumeNoTabi Meme Iroiro Yume no Tabi]]'' is set in a future world a few decades ahead. It looks much the same, but everyone's using a new technology called the "Information Network System" to communicate, watch videos and listen to music, order stuff, and get information about almost anything.


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* Electronic tagging such as ankle bracelets used to track prisoners. Developed by a judge in 1979 based on a ''ComicStrip/SpiderMan'' newspaper strip from the same year, involving the Kingpin.
* Creator/CarlBarks has done this at least twice. He made up a method to raise sunken ships with ping pong balls, which was later successfully used. The guy who did it [[http://www.iusmentis.com/patents/priorart/donaldduck/ was unable to patent the technique]] because of Barks' story. In a different comic, he [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/01/25/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-87/ drew a molecule]] and described some of its reactions ''nineteen years'' before it was discovered by scientists.
* Cracked.com compiled a list of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19021_5-amazing-things-invented-by-donald-duck-seriously.html 5 Things Donald Duck Invented]].
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' already travelled to the moon in ''"Recap/TintinDestinationMoon"'' and ''"Recap/TintinExplorersOnTheMoon"'' (1950-1953, in publication). This was almost fifteen years before the Americans actually landed on the moon. Tintin's moon exploration was also scientifically very accurate without any typical science fiction clichés of aliens and such, and while the the use of a single, non-modular rocket might seem simplistic compared to the Apollo-Saturn multi-stage booster rockets and separate lunar and command/service modules, it was actually one ("Direct Ascent"[[note]]It *would* have used a multi-stage booster, though, the Tintin propulsion method being unavailable.[[/note]]) of three flight profiles studied (the others being "Earth Orbit Rendezvous" and the eventually implemented "Lunar Orbit Rendezvous").
* Once in a while, one of ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'s gadgets is produced in Real Life. For example, the 1967 story "The Heart of Fire" features an automotive navigation system, beating the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electro_Gyrocator Electro Gyrocator]] by ''fourteen years''.


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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': Just like how Shifu had to tutor Po in the ways of the martial arts, the actors behind their characters oddly paralleled that considering Creator/DustinHoffman tutored Creator/JackBlack to improve his acting to raise it to his standard.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 1934 film ''Film/FlirtationWalk'' opens with a carrier-based air attack on Pearl Harbor. (It's an Army/Navy drill.)
* [[http://www.technovelgy.com/ Technovelgy]] tracks down sci-fi tech in RealLife, such as [[http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=998 transparent data tiles]] like those in ''Film/MinorityReport''.
* In the Jim Belushi film ''Film/{{K-9}}'', Detective Dooley's K-9 partner Jerry Lee, played by real police dog Koton, [[spoiler:was shot while apprehending a suspect in the attempted murder of a police officer. Two years after the film's release, Koton, who had returned to real police work after the movie, was shot and killed while apprehending a suspect in the attempted murder of a police officer.]]
* Film/TheTrumanShow [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Truman_Show_delusion Delusion]].
* A fan of ''Film/IronMan'' built his own personal digital life assistant and named him JARVIS.
* A giant sign in the shape of a bull was built for the movie ''Film/BullDurham''. Placed over the outfield fence, if hit by a home run ball it would light up and make noise, and the person who hit it would win a free steak. The real life Durham Bulls baseball team kept it.
* In the movies of Creator/SachaBaronCohen, the artistic premise of the story and characters is always deeply intertwined with the real life behavior of those who aren't in on the joke. So to say that life imitates art is somewhat trivial. Nonetheless, there were some moments in ''Film/{{Bruno}}'' when the real life external circumstances surrounding the film's production evolved similarly to the fixed prior notion of the movie's plot, as it had been conceived of before filming.
** This occurred when they were in Italy for Fashion Week. The plot of the movie was that Bruno would cause a major disturbance at a fashion show, resulting in his being thrown out, blacklisted, and possibly even arrested. In fact, all of these things happened in real life, and so when he is later disallowed from entering fashion shows, it is because he was actually black-listed by that time.
** Later, when Bruno sits down at a restaurant and commits "carbicide" by gorging himself on several ice cream sundaes, it was carbicide for both Bruno and the actor, Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen had actually spent many months prior refraining from carbs, in the course of body sculpting for the role.
** Kazakhstan actually started [[http://ru.reuters.com/article/idRUL6N0TZ1TQ20141215 expanding its potassium exports]] in 2014. Whether they will become [[Film/{{Borat}} number one exporter of potassium]] remains in question.
* A dark, tragic version occurs in ''Film/TheReturn2003''. [[spoiler:Father is given a DisneyVillainDeath.]] One of the film's other actors, 15-year-old Vladimir Garin, [[spoiler: had one in RealLife just one month after shooting had completed;]] he never even lived to see the premiere.
* For decades, many in the United States believed the hypothetical of a black U.S. president, while possible, would never likely happen, at least, for a really long time and fictional portrayals such as Creator/MorganFreeman in ''Film/DeepImpact'' (1998), the 2003 Creator/ChrisRock comedy ''Film/HeadOfState'' and even Creator/TerryCrews in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' (2006) were the absolute closest things African-Americans had. However, on [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama November 4, 2008...]].
* After the release of 2006's ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', the number of visitors at the American Museum of Natural History, which the movie modeled after and where it was set in the 1993 FilmOfTheBook version, increased by 50,000 the previous year during the holiday season and 50,000 more between December 22, 2006, and January 2, 2007.
* Possibly a cross between this and just plain {{Fandom}}, but since the release of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', many, many real life archaeologists have been wearing [[NiceHat wide-brimmed fedoras]]
* In the 1997 ''Film/{{Bean}}'' movie, Bean destroys a priceless painting, and attempts to fix it by drawing a new face over the top, and eventually replacing the original with a poster. In 2012, a [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19349921 100-year-old painting of Christ was "restored"]] by an amateur who essentially painted a new face over the top. An official was quoted as saying, "If we can't fix it, we will probably cover the wall with a photo of the painting." In an incredibly bizarre coincidence, the ThemeSong of the Mr. Bean show is "Ecce Homo", the same name as the painting.
* In ''Film/TheNatural'', an ailing Roy Hobbs hits a dramatic and unlikely home run to send the New York Knights to the World Series. Four years later, an ailing Kirk Gibson would hit a dramatic and unlikely home run to win game one of the 1988 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers. To hammer the point home, one of Gibson's team mates during the post game interviews wrote on a piece of tape and stuck to the nameplate over his locker Roy Hobbs.
* Another from Cracked: [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19985_6-ironic-coincidences-behind-scenes-famous-movies.html A whole list of these]]. In order: [[Film/{{Troy}} Actor playing Achilles injures Achilles tendon]]; [[Film/TropicThunder Actor gets Oscar nom for playing Oscar-Bait actor]]; [[Film/SinginInTheRain Actress playing hidden voice-double has her own hidden voice-double]]; [[Film/TronLegacy Actor whose character gets scanned into a computer gets scanned into a computer in real life]]; and [[Film/KnockedUp Actor who plays a doctor in movie is (or was) an actual doctor-turned-actor]].
* In ''Film/{{Audition}}'', a guy tries to help his friend get over the loss of his wife by holding a fake audition to find him a new girlfriend. [[CuteAndPsycho It doesn't work out too well for his friend.]] According to ''[[http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/09/tom-cruise-scientology-marriage-katie-holmes Vanity Fair]]'', and confirmed by Paul Haggis, the ChurchOfHappyology did just that, minus the murderous girlfriend part, for Creator/TomCruise, allegedly interviewing the likes of Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/LindsayLohan, [[Series/ModernFamily Sofia Vergara]], and [[Film/SupermanReturns Kate Bosworth]] before picking Creator/KatieHolmes. It was going quite well, actually, [[HumiliationConga until Holmes plotted her escape/divorce and now it's all in the news.]]
* The success of ''Film/VForVendetta'' helped popularize the Guy Fawkes mask, which are now widely available for purchase. What's different is the purpose they're used for: by Anonymous and various supporting groups as a symbol of protest. Just like in the movie.
* Between ''Film/GetShorty'' and ''Film/BeCool'', Chili Palmer's movie, eventually released as ''Get Leo'', was a hit. Then the studio forced Chili to make a sequel, which flopped badly enough to make him want out of the movie biz. ''Film/BeCool'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the fact that it was a sequel and that [[{{Sequelitis}} sequels are often worse than the original]]. Rather bizarrely, audiences agreed.
* Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, ''Film/RoboCop2'' shows Detroit trying to stave off bankruptcy after most city services have already been contracted out to the MegaCorp Omni Consumer Products. In 2013, [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/us/detroit-files-for-bankruptcy.html?hp&_r=0 Detroit actually filed for bankruptcy,]] even after a state appointed emergency manager privatized many city services.
* In ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds1974'', one of the police cars, 1 Baker 11, has a camera mounted in the center of the back seats facing forward, presumably to record the chase for police records.[[note]]Actually the only way some POV shots could be filmed.[[/note]] Dash cams in police cars weren't common for another decade and a half.
* In ''Film/PoliceAcademy'', the cadets are told the city-wide riot has become too out of control for them to handle, and all police personnel are pulling out of the area, which causes the riot to intensify. LAPD doing just that - withdrawing from a liquor store looting that turned to assualting passing motorists at Florence Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in South Central LA, following the acquittal of the officers involved in the Rodney King beating, led to the six day LA riots.
* The fancy map on the windshield in ''{{Film/Starman}}''? Take a smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet, a few parts, hook up to a car, and the result is a ''GPS heads-up display''.
* The 1969 film ''Film/{{Marooned}}'' is about a spaceship malfunctioning and leaving the three astronauts unable to deorbit with dwindling oxygen and other resources. The movie was seen in the theatre by Jim and Marilyn Lovell. Marilyn then had a nightmare where her husband was in that exact situation. Three months later, Jim Lovell captained Apollo 13.
* The 2002 Mexican film ''Film/ElCrimenDelPadreAmaro'' shows a Catholic Priest receiving money from a drug lord which he then uses to build a new hospital; He justifies it by saying that although it's "bad money", it becomes "good money" through good works and intentions. 3 years after the film was released, the Bishop of Aguascalientes [[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=20051006&id=DGQxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aqMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3522,3449020 used pretty much the same justification]] when questioned if his Diocese had received money from drug traffickers.
* ''Film/TheParentTrap'' was a Disney movie about two identical twin sisters being separated by their divorced parents and living a continent away from each other without knowing of the other's existence. They run into each other in an American summer camp and conspire to get their parents back together. Minus the "get the parents back together" part, a similar story occurred with the case of [[http://www.facebookstories.com/stories/53771/twinsters two originally South Korean twins]] who had been put up for adoption in 1987 and separated. They had been raised in the United States and Europe and rediscovered each other through social networking in 2013. They're even aware of the parallels.
* A fast food restaurant obviously ripping off UsefulNotes/McDonalds, barely staying out of legal trouble with the real deal? It was [=McDowells=] in the 1988 Eddie Murphy film ''Film/ComingToAmerica'', and [=MaDonal=] in the real world's Kurdistan in the following decade. The founder wanted to bring a real [=McDonalds=] to Kurdistan, but was refused a franchise.
* ''Film/AnAlanSmitheeFilmBurnHollywoodBurn'' had such a TroubledProduction (a Creator/SylvesterStallone movie in which the film is recut without the director's permission into an incoherent mess that the director then tries to disown and finally sabotage) that it almost turns into a documentary about ''itself''. Most notably, the director was so dissatisfied with the film that he got his name removed, meaning that a film where the main character is named "Alan Smithee" had an ''actual'' director credit for AlanSmithee (because at the time, it was the only name directors could use to distance themselves from their projects. This led to the Director's Guild discontinuing the practice of using that name as a pseudonym; aliases are now selected on a case by case basis.)
* ''Film/{{Fanboys}}'' deals with a SecretlyDying ''Franchise/StarWars'' fan who gets to watch ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' as a dying wish before it's even released; In November 2015, a ''Star Wars'' fan suffering from terminal cancer would get to watch an unedited print of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/10/entertainment/dying-star-wars-fan-force-awakens-update/index.html before passing away shortly after]].
* ''Film/DarkWater'' is a horror movie about a girl discovered dead in a water tank after complaints are made about the water, and it features a malfunctioning elevator. This is frighteningly mirrored in real life with the mysterious death of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel. Security footage showed her displaying erratic behavior in an elevator that wouldn't close, and days after she disappeared, people complained about the water, and she was found dead in one of the rooftop tanks, with no explanation as to how she got there.
* ''Hello, I Must Be Going'' stars Creator/MelanieLynskey as a recent divorcee who attempts to reenter the dating scene. A few months after the film's premiere, Lynskey and her husband Jimmi Simpson divorced for real.
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' had a type of medicine known as nanomeds. Over a decade since the movie, nanomeds were quite useful and reliable.
* At one point in ''Film/UrbanLegend'', Creator/AliciaWitt's character goes to the university's SpookySilentLibrary to do some research and finds ''The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends''. No book with that title ever existed until ''after'' the movie was made and released (this isn't a case of {{Defictionalization}} or TheRedStapler; folklore professor and author Jan Harold Brunvand says in his introduction to the real ''Encyclopedia'' that it had been in development for quite some time before the film was even being made).
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' had a rather embarrassing incident for Creator/DeniseNickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde. For the most part, the factory scenes were shot in chronological order, with the child actors leaving right after filming their downfalls. However, a broken shoe from Nickerson's wardrobe forced them to switch the filming of Violet and Veruca's respective scenes. After wrapping her infamous transformation into a blueberry, Nickerson flew home to New York. Two days later, she was sitting in math class when all the students started staring at her: her face was turning blue! As it turned out, the makeup had seeped into her pores and was resurfacing. Fortunately, it wasn't permanent and soon cleared up.
* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'': The band talks about how a previous drummer died in a "bizarre gardening accident" that was "best left unsolved." In 1992, Jeff Porcaro, drummer for Music/{{Toto}}, died when he allegedly inhaled a lethal dose of insecticide he had just sprayed around his greenhouse. However, coroners later put his death down to a heart attack due to cocaine abuse. Family and friends disputed this, claiming that he had a family history of heart conditions and was not a heavy cocaine user.
* In 1984, Drew Barrymore starred in ''Film/IrreconcilableDifferences'', about a girl who becomes emancipated from her parents. Barrymore herself became an emancipated minor at age 14. As in ''Irreconcilable Differences'', even her mother admitted it was for the better.
* The documentary ''Film/HeartsOfDarknessAFilmmakersApocalypse'', which chronicles the TroubledProduction of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', points out several parallels between the events of ''Apocalypse Now'' and its production, including the DescentIntoMadness.

* ''Fanfic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'': Writer Ralph Hayes Jr published Chapter 52 in late October 2016, a few weeks before the US Presidential election. The general shock and minor chaos seen in Ponyville upon the breaking news of the [=CMC's=] ascendance was reflected in the reactions to UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump's surprise victory. Diamond Tiara's absolute meltdown was later mirrored by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlkJzkIDrUQ an especially unstable / distraught individual attending the inauguration]].

* Creator/JulesVerne's Nautilus... a long-range electric submarine powered by steampunk!
** The world's first SSN was called ''Nautilus'' because of the book.
** And Verne himself got the name from the real (and much less sophisticated) submarine designed for Napoleon by one Robert Fulton.
** Nautilus was a popular submarine name for years, both before and after Verne's book, because the nautilus is a fairly well known sea creature.
** Space flight was also predicted by Creator/JulesVerne.
*** What's more, he predicted that the first mission to the moon would be launched from Central Florida. For the ''right reasons'', even: Florida is closer to the equator than almost any other part of the United States, making it much more suitable to space launches.
*** Also, the idea of using a giant cannon to launch things into space is being considered in RealLife for unmanned satellites.
* H. G. Wells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' proposed that time was the fourth dimension about ten years before Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity.
** Einstein based his theory of 4D spacetime on preexisting mathematical theories that ''were'' around when Wells wrote his story, though.
*** Incidentally, that part of relativity - the use of 4 dimensional non-euclidean geometries to explain General Relativity - was co-developed by Bernhard Riemann.
** The better example is when he managed to predict ''isotopes'' before the actual research papers about them came out.
** Also, the description in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' of the Heat-Ray (the original book, not the Hollywood versions which turn it into a flamethrower or generic EnergyWeapon) sounds suspiciously like the yet-to-be-invented microwave laser or maser.
** Don't forget his short story ''The Land Ironclads'', which feature tank-like vehicles a decade before the first tanks were used in the Somme.
*** [=DaVinci=] came up with the concept first, though.
*** And even before that, the Greeks put catapults in siege towers.
* Creator/ArthurCClarke's geosynchronous communication satellites. Although Clarke first published the idea as a scientist ''before'' he put them in his novels, so he arguably ''did'' invent Clarke's Orbit.
* Predictions of Wiki/TheOtherWiki
** Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/SnowCrash''.
** So did [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ijon_Tichy Stanislaw Lem]], decades earlier.
** As did John Brunner in ''Literature/StandOnZanzibar''.
** ''Literature/SnowCrash'' also anticipates [[Website/{{Google}} Google Earth]], though that may be a case of ArtImitatesArt.
** ''VideoGame/SecondLife'' is ''definitely'' a case of ArtImitatesArt; its creators specifically reference ''Literature/SnowCrash'' and its Metaverse. ''Snow Crash'' also [[TropeCodifier codified]] the DigitalAvatar.
* The fella who invented the waterbed in RealLife was unable to patent it because it had already been thoroughly described by Creator/RobertAHeinlein in ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''.
** Likewise, one fella who tried to patent a method for lifting sunken ships ran into trouble because it was described thoroughly earlier - in a Creator/CarlBarks comic!
** The word "grok", now a widely-used term, originated in Heinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' as a word from the Martian Language spoken by the protagonist.
** Heinlein's PoweredArmor is on its way to reality thanks to defense contractor Raytheon and several other groups. As of 2008, development is at the stage of strength-amplifying mechanical exoskeletons. No word yet on bulletproof plating and [[ArmCannon Arm Cannons]].
*** One PoweredArmor prototype is [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey named HAL]] and made by [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Cyberdyne]]. Seriously.
* Aldous Huxley kinda made up embryonic stem cell research in his dystopian novel ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''.
** For that matter, the characters' ideas about "family" are slowly becoming more and more realistic.
** At the time the book was written, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was not known to exist. Huxley made up a condition that later turned out to be real, and even managed to get the symptoms right.
* Creator/RayBradbury predicted portable audio players and cell phones in the early '50s.
** See also the two-way radio watches of Midnight, Dick Tracy, and Doc Savage (who debuted after Dick Tracy but used a radio watch before the other two).
* The T-Minus countdown system (10, 9, 8, etc.) was first used in ''Film/WomanInTheMoon'' before being adopted by NASA. Wernher von Braun was known to be a fan of the film and used a countdown in every launch he participated in, possibly as an homage.
* In 1898 Morgan Robertson wrote a novella named ''Literature/FutilityOrTheWreckOfTheTitan'' about an ocean liner named Titan which sinks in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg. In the novella, Titan was one of the largest passenger ships of the time and considered indestructible, and had way too few lifeboats for its 2500 passengers, over half of which died in the accident. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic 14 years later...]] (The RealLife incident didn't have a battle with a polar bear, however)
* Isaac Asimov's short SF story "The Feeling of Power" is based on the premise that people would completely forget how to do mathematical calculations manually - on paper paper - and end up relying entirely on machines. His "hand computer" predates the calculator. And the story was initially rejected by publishers because it was deemed ridiculous that people could forget how to do arithmetic.
** However, when his idea became reality, educators wasted little time taking this fiction as gospel - insisting that students learn how to solve problems on "paper paper". It is worth speculating however, on how long it will be, if that day is not here already, where calculators are viewed in the same light as rulers, compasses and protractors.
* One anecdote long known to fans of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' tells of a terminally ill fan who, inspired by the books' running joke about one being secure in the knowledge that he's prepared for anything so long as he "knows where his towel is," made sure to keep his own towel with him in his final days.
** When Creator/DouglasAdams died of cardiac arrest in 2001, he was at a gym, so he actually ''did'' have a towel with him at his time of death.
** Modern smartphones and tablet computers with access to Wikipedia ([[DrPediaAndMrTrope or, possibly more accurately, TV Tropes]]) bear much more than a [[http://xkcd.com/548/ passing resemblance]] to the features of the titular Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. One can even update Wikipedia's entry on Earth to say Harmless or Mostly Harmless, but it's been done to death already.
* Go reference-spotting in ''Literature/{{Idoru}}''. Okay, so it's made in 1995 when the internet was actually invented, but many things are just now becoming possible - and done.
** Notably, Japan now has at least one [[http://www.technewsdaily.com/holographic-pop-star-takes-japan-by-storm-1612/ virtual pop singer]]. Yes, [[VirtualCelebrity idoru]] [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} are real]].
*** RAH's ''Moon is a Harsh Mistress'' (1966) had CGI of Adam Selene appearing on vidscreens.
* Tom Wolfe's ''Literature/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'' is sometimes criticised for being a thinly-veiled RomanAClef dealing with events that happened in New York City in the late '80s and early '90s. This ignores the fact that the book was published in 1987, and all of the writing happened before that, meaning that most of the events upon which is was supposedly "based" actually didn't happen until ''after'' the novel was published.
* Creator/DaleBrown predicted low-observable external weapons pods well before [[http://www.dailyairforce.com/583/Boeings-Advanced-Super-Hornet.html Boeing made it possible]].
* In ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', it's mentioned that local wags near the [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Strategic Air Command]] HQ joked that the relatively new (at the time) Command Center was made so that the actual place matched up with the common Hollywood depictions of the facility, which were better than the original structure.
* Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented Literature/SherlockHolmes, perhaps the most famous detective in history. Not content with writing about a detective, Doyle actually ended up becoming something of a detective himself, proving the innocence of two men who had been wrongfully convicted in separate cases.
* The topper might be Creator/MurrayLeinster's prescient short story ''A Logic Named Joe''. In it, he describes a networked computer system in homes across the country that allows people to learn how to cheat on taxes, find hangover cures, kill their spouse using hard to trace household chemicals, and most of all allows young children to discover porn. He not only predicted the internet, but he predicted search engines, online porn, filtering software, and the sinister uses people have for Google. In ''March of 1946''.
** The same story also predicted online television, on-demand television, online video chat, the various other mundane uses that people would use the internet and home computers for, and even made a pretty good guess as to what desktop computers look like.
* A throwaway reference in the backstory of Creator/JohnWCampbell's "Frictional Losses": the Japanese attempted to counter an invasion (by space aliens) by supercharging airplane engines, packing the planes full of explosives, and [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming them into the invaders' ships]]. He published this in July 1936.
* In ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', Creator/JonathanSwift describes the two moons of Mars as discovered by the Laputan astronomers. 150 years later, the two moons of Mars were actually discovered. (Contrary to some reports, their orbital period and diameter do not match what is described in the book.)
** Actually, as soon as it was discovered Jupiter has four (apparently) moons, people [[http://www.mathpages.com/home/kmath151/kmath151.htm started speculating]] Mars has two.
* John Brunner's ''Literature/StandOnZanzibar'', written in 1969 and mentioned above, takes place in 2010 when the Earth's population has reached 7 billion. He was only one year short of when that milestone was actually reached.
* There's a theory going around that cyberpunk (and especially ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'') drastically influenced the development of the internet. It doesn't hurt that William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace". But wait, it gets weirder- Some followers of the genre suspect the recent lack of literature is due to this defictionalization, combined with a general perception that since 9/11 things have been looking a little more dystopian.
* In Karel Capek's 1924 novel ''Krakatit'' a scientist discovers how to create explosions by breaking up atoms.
* Louisa May Alcott based ''Literature/LittleWomen'' on her family, with a few changes. In reality, Elizabeth Alcott died before Anna (Meg's real life counterpart) married. Years after the second part of ''Little Women'' was published, May (Amy's real life counterpart) married the man who had comforted her when Abba Alcott died, just as Amy married Laurie who had comforted her after Beth March died.
* As Gabrielle Donnelly wrote her modern-day sequel to the ''Little Women'' trilogy, ''The Little Women Letters'', she sent her manuscript to a young London friend, Harriet, to ensure the spoken language was up to date. Towards the end of the book, [[http://gabrielledonnellyauthor.com/about.html Harriet moved into a Belsize Park flat with a former college room-mate, just as Lulu, the book's main character, did.]]
--> '''Gabrielle Donnelly:''' In view of which, I was tempted to write an extra chapter in which Lulu‘s older friend, a writer living in Los Angeles, won the lottery and became exceedingly rich.
* In 1920s Soviet satirical novel ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' a con man sold tickets to access the [[http://culture.ru/en/atlas/object/1569 Proval lake]] (literally "gap", "collapse", "fall-through"). "For repairs. So that it wouldn't fall any further." In the 1980s the local authorities really started selling tickets. And then closed the access for a while to clear away the debris and reinforce walls. And in 2008 a statue of the con man with tickets was installed by the tunnel entrance.
* In his 1907 novel ''The Marvels of the Year 2,000'', Emilio Salgari (better known as the author of ''Literature/{{Sandokan}}'') described a world eerily similar to the current one, including high-speed electric trains, television, off-shore platforms, and, less happily, ''[[NukeEm nuclear weapons]] and the fear of them forcing the world to peace'' (he described a powerful chemical explosive capable of shattering mountains that somehow ended in the hands of pretty much all countries, forcing them to redraw the borders as the first measure to prevent the last war).
* In 2012, Russian writer Mikhail Belozerov wrote ''Ukrainian gambit: the war of 2015'' (Russian: ''[[http://www.litres.ru/mihail-belozerov/ukrainskiy-gambit-voyna-2015/ Украинский гамбит. Война 2015]]'') as a speculative novel set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The story was centered around a squad of Russian volunteers from the Donbass region, who fight against Ukrainians, Tatars and the NATO response force. Short of NATO involvement, everything else later turned out to be TruthInTelevision.
* Creator/EESmith described a command and control system he invented for the {{Lensman}} setting which allowed the heroes to direct the movements of thousands of starships all across the galaxy in a manner that was comprehensible for a single commander to understand what was happening and coordinate. A US Navy Admiral informed Smith after the war that the command and information control centers (ops rooms) the US Navy ultimately placed in their warships to manage and coordinate ship and fleet actions, now used by warships worldwide, was directly inspired by and based on Smith's creation.
* The Literature/{{Janie}} series of novels centers on the titular Janie, who finds out that her parents aren't her real parents and she was actually kidnapped as a child by their daughter from her real family. In 2016, South Carolina teen [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/alexis-anigo-kamiyah-mobley-kidnapping.html Alexis Manigo]] found out that her mother actually kidnapped her from the hospital as a baby from her real mother and her birth name is Kamiyah Mobley. Alexis stated that nothing was ever out of the ordinary, other than the fact that she had no Social Security number or driver's license.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The "And one more thing" catchphrase, from ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', was used by Creator/SteveJobs to announce products at Stevenote speeches, and was used at the Horizon indie game press conference to announce ''[[Videogame/{{Fez}} Fez 2]]''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' imagined quite a few inventions that people made real, like automatic sliding doors.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' proved a CrashCourseLanding is possible, even though there was no recorded incident of it happening in RealLife, until later [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/09/world/europe/uk-passenger-lands-plane/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular a passenger landed plane after pilot falls ill, including being talked though it over the radio]].
** Adam and Jamie also did an episode where they addressed how to escape a rapidly-submerging car; later, a woman caught in exactly that situation managed to survive and specifically cited the Mythbusters, and that episode, as the reason.
** Adam and Jamie proved that they can raise a sunken boat by filling it with ping pong balls hosed in from above (pictured above), over 50 years after Donald Duck.
*** The capsized fully-loaded freighter ''Al Kuwait'' was successfully raised from the bottom of the Persian Gulf in 1964 using a similar method (using styrofoam balls[[note]]27 million of them![[/note]] as opposed to hollow ping pong balls), after the failure of pontoons and floating cranes. However, the patent claim for this method of ship recovery was rejected ''specifically because'' of "prior art", i.e. the Donald Duck strip.
* The motto "To protect and serve" was originally only found on Los Angeles police cruisers, but after Hollywood started showing it on TV, other police departments started using it, so that now it is [[StandardPoliceMotto widely spread in America]].
** Not just in America; the motto of the Northern Constabulary, the police force of the Scottish Highlands, is "Dion is Cuidich", which is Gaelic for "Protect and Serve".
* There is an unusual amount of electromagnetism coming from an island near New Zealand. Some more radical theories regarding this island involve harnessing the electromagnetism to render the island invisible to the naked eye...[[TimeTravel or worse]]. Sounds an awful lot like Series/{{Lost}}'s island...
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', James's train once had to be mended with a bootlace after he wrecked the brake pipe after roughly handling the coaches. A few years ago, a similar incident happened with an Intercity train and it had to be mended with sticky tape.
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'' depicted what might happen in the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem Conservative Party]] when UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher eventually fell from power. Ten days after the first episode was broadcast, she actually did.
** Although John Major survived as PM through one election.
** So, in fact, did Collingridge, although the election was called immediately after he entered office, whereas Major waited eighteen months until April 1992. The result in the series - a 20-seat Conservative majority - was also pretty prescient of the 1992 election, moreso because some people assumed at the time Labour would actually win.
* The University Medical Center at Princeton is set to close down, pending the completion of the new [[http://www.princetonhcs.org/Default.aspx?p=4089&d=3617 University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.]] [[Series/{{House}} Who would have thought?]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** The set of CTU inspired the design of a new Joint Counter-Terrorism Center in Washington, D.C.
** The series began with the first black man to have a serious shot at the presidency and he is later elected. Several years later, UsefulNotes/BarackObama became the first black man with a serious shot at presidency and in 2008 was elected. Both being democrats, and both not afraid to become involved in TheWarOnTerror despite wanting to avoid conflict if possible (setting up a war in the Middle East and Iraq, the show's terrorists and UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden).
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''' "Election Night Special" sketch features a clownish candidate called [[OverlyLongName Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lin-Bus-Stop-F'tang-F'tang-Ole-Biscuitbarrel]] winning in Luton. Sure enough, for the 1981 Crosby by-election, a joke candidate called John Desmond Lewis legally changed his name to exactly that. The electoral commission were obliged to print the entire name on the ballot, although the returning officer simply referred to him as "Tarquin Biscuitbarrel" when announcing the result.
* Less than a year after ''Series/BetterOffTed'''s Veridian Dynamics had its problems with their photosensitive scanners not recognizing black people, stories came in about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4DT3tQqgRM HP's webcams]] doing the same thing.
* In the 2004 ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Sick", [[spoiler:a woman is discovered purposely poisoning her granddaughter to feign sympathy/money/services from charities.]] [[http://www.detnews.com/article/20100930/METRO03/9300382/Warren-mom-accused-of-faking-son-s-cancer-to-raise-money This scenario happened in September 2010]], though not an exact match.
** This cropped up during the first half of the 2011 season. The episode "Missing Pieces" [[spoiler:in which a mother claims that her car was stolen with her young son still buckled into his car seat]] bears more than a passing resemblance to the still-unfolding [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/10/sky-metalwala-law-order-svu_n_1086268.html Sky Metalwala]] case. Another episode, "Personal Fouls," [[spoiler: which revolves around a well-respected coach who uses a children's charity to molest young boys]] originally aired a few weeks before the [[http://gothamist.com/2011/11/09/did_law_order_svu_predict_the_joe_p.php Penn State molestation]] story broke. However, according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, this one was actually based on a ''[[http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/10/09/sp-fleury-tell-all.html different]]'' sports abuse case.
* Kim Gyngell's Colin Carpenter sketches in ''Series/TheComedyCompany'' in the late '80s included an arc spanning several episodes in which Carpenter thinks up and pitches the idea of combining instant coffee and powdered milk in a single sachet. As of 2012 this product has existed for a while now, despite the way in which it was shut down on the show: somebody simply pointed out that powdered milk tastes absolutely disgusting.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' had one of the saddest examples: in the SeriesFinale "Finishing The Hat" recurring character Karen [=McClusky=] passed away from cancer. Kathryn Joosten, who played her, was also a cancer sufferer and herself was claimed by it not long after the episode aired.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' is the story of Walter White, whose side job is a methamphetamine cook. On Aug. 16, 2012, the Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Sheriff's Office announced its new Most Wanted Fugitive as [[http://www.tcsoal.org/wanted.php?id=616&start=0 Walter White, an accused meth cook.]] Such a guy would normally go unnoticed in the media had it not been for his name.
** [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/20/montana-s-real-life-walter-white.html It happened again]], this time in Montana.
* An episode of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' has Andy Bernard pranked into believing he was a relative of Michelle Obama. [[http://www.geni.com/blog/look-whos-related-ed-helms-and-michelle-obama-377614.html Turns out his actor, Ed Helms, really is (very distantly) related to her.]]
* ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'' season 3 episode "Office Romance" has Larry get involved with Darlene causing any amount of backstage trouble for the show. The actors playing Larry (Garry Shandling) and Darlene (Linda Doucett) were dating at the time, which is art imitating life. However, at the end of season 3, Shandling and Doucett split up and Shandling fired Doucett from the show. This resulted in a lawsuit from Doucett, who was paid $1M, so it became life imitating art.
** Season 2 episode "Broadcast Nudes" dealt with Darlene being asked, and eventually agreeing to appear, in Playboy Magazine. Linda Doucett agreed, during the making of the episode, to pose in real life for the September 1993 issue with the show airing that same week as the magazine's release.
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One Where Underdog Gets Away", Joey is upset when his photo is used for a poster reading "What Mario isn't telling you...V.D., you never know who might have it." In 2013, a Brooklyn woman sued Getty Images when her photo was used without her permission in a HIV campaign. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-woman-wrongly-depicted-hiv-positive-ad-article-1.1461694 Read about it here.]]
* The series finale of ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' sees a number of cast members killed off, including Richard Dunn collapsing. Shortly after this episode, Richard Dunn suffered a fatal stroke, not only casting a dark shadow over the episode in a lot of fans' minds, but creating a noticeable absence in all of Tim and Eric's future productions.
* In the ''Series/FallingSkies'' season 2 finale "A More Perfect Union," Anne discovered she was pregnant with Tom's child - and Moon Bloodgood (Anne) became pregnant herself a few months after filming that episode.
* ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' took that one step further - Juliette was pregnant during season 3, but the writers made this decision ''before'' Creator/HaydenPanettiere (Juliette) became pregnant for real. So unlike Moon Bloodgood, Miss Panettiere's onscreen baby bump was the genuine article (except for "I Can't Keep Away From You" and "This Just Ain't a Good Day for Leavin'," shot after she gave birth). Juliette subsequently came down with postpartum depression... and Panettiere went on medical leave from filming season 4 to deal with it in real life, sending the series into HarsherInHindsight territory.
* A HarsherInHindsight example is found in ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' 1978 two-parter "The House on Willis Avenue." The villain has people's homes and offices bugged with tiny microphones and cameras; information is sent to computers at a huge underground monitoring station to be used for blackmail. He plans to spread this operation out to the city of Los Angeles and eventually all of the U.S.
-->'''Police Sgt. Coopersmith.''' It appears that Mr. [=MacGregor=] and the two men who were arrested with him were attempting to set up a secret system of computers -- which would carry the personal records of some 200 million Americans.
-->'''News Anchor.''' It gives one pause. It's one thing for our government to have us categorized and computerized. But why does a company install a secret underground computer center right in the middle of one of the world's largest cities? Why, indeed.
** The episode concluded with a disclaimer:
--> Secret information centers building dossiers on individuals exist today. You have no legal right to know about them or sue for damages. Our liberty may well be the price we pay for allowing this to continue unchecked.
* Ricardo Medin, Jr., who played the red ranger Cole in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' and sword wielding villain Deker in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', has been arrested, apparently for murdering someone with a sword!
* In 2015, [[http://mashable.com/2015/04/20/new-frog-that-looks-like-kermit/ a species of frog]] was discovered that looks just like Kermit from Franchise/TheMuppets.
* The JeopardyIntelligenceTest has been since the titular show's beginning a quick, easy way to show off a character's intelligence by making him accurately answer even the most difficult questions of the titular game show. 2011 rolled in, and IBM put an artificial intelligence on the show just to show off how good they were at big computing and machine learning.
* The ''Series/MadamSecretary'' episode "Catch and Release" ends with "Jihadi Judd", an American who joined ISIS, being killed in a drone strike on orders of President Dalton. [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed His model]], British-born ISIS member [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jihadi_John Mohammed Emwazi, a.k.a. "Jihadi John"]], was killed in a joint US-British drone attack four days after the episode aired.
* The first season of ''Series/LifeInPieces'' ended with several plot developments, including Matt getting engaged to his on-again, off-again girlfriend Colleen. During the off-season, Matt's actor Thomas Sadoski got engaged to his real life girlfriend Creator/AmandaSeyfried.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has Frasier and Niles publicly endorsing an (inferred) Democratic candidate for office, with Frasier stressing in TV adverts that their man is the OnlySaneMan. Frasier is then absolutely horrified when their sane politician casually lets drop that he was once abducted by aliens. In RealLife, a Democratic politician from Georgia once filed a UFO report and has since said he is "open-minded" on the existence of UFOS and possible alien life. Obviously [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter a man with ideas like that]] was too flaky to ever get elected.
* One Whammy animation from the game show ''Series/PressYourLuck'' introduced in March 1984 had a politician Whammy barking "If elected, I will raise your taxes!" A few months later at the Democratic Convention, Reagan's opponent Walter Mondale admitted he will raise taxes if elected as president, citing that Reagan would do so as well and not be honest about it. [[CurbStompBattle Mondale was beaten soundly on Election Day]].
* One of the [[LaterInstallmentWeirdness stranger]] storylines in ''Series/{{Oz}}'' involved trialing a drug that accelerated the aging process. The idea was to save taxpayer money by depriving the convict of the time they otherwise would have had to serve. More recently there has been talk of a "time dilation" pill which would take the opposite approach to the same end - rather than physically age the subject, the pill would cause them to perceive time as passing much more slowly than it really is. This way, they could serve a decades-long sentence in their mind while spending mere hours incarcerated. The latter pill inspired an episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}''.
* Given the nature of the show, the ''Series/BlackMirror'' Twitter account likes to [[https://twitter.com/blackmirror/status/846469568633753609 acknowledge]] [[https://twitter.com/blackmirror/status/829799153597300736 cases]] [[https://twitter.com/blackmirror/status/792178074532085760 of]] [[https://twitter.com/blackmirror/status/789974270625640448 this]].
* The official fanclub of ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' dissolved in a heady mix of paranoia, backstabbing, and accusations of people spying on each other in real life. Several tertiary members mentioned this trope when they heard of what happened.
* The ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' episode "The Last Ride", where the precinct is about to be shut down but gets saved due to overwhelming support from social media, ended up applying to the show itself - It got cancelled by FOX, but overwhelming anger from social media led to NBC [[{{Uncancelled}} picking it up for another season.]]


* Zager & Evans's song "In the Year 2525" predicted test tube babies about 10 years before the first one was born.
* In the song, "One Piece at a Time" by Music/JohnnyCash, the narrator works on an assembly line putting together Cadillacs. Since he can't afford such an expensive car, he decides to get it "one piece at a time" by sneaking parts of the car out in his lunch box and his friend's mobile home over a period of several years to avoid suspicion. While this plan failed in the song (when the car was finally put together, [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/One_piece_at_a_time.jpg was an odd-looking mess]] since it used parts from so many different models), an automotive assembly line worker in Chongqing, China [[http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Bike+stolen+part+by+part%3b+CRIME.-a0206316588 successfully put a motorcycle together this way over the course of five years beginning in 2003]], though the thief got caught shortly after finally putting it together.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=sN5tpSjOyOo "Linus and Lucy" was played on Elton John's Red Piano]]. Remind you of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Schroeder]]?
** Also, [[http://www.toypiano.com/product_information.asp?html_model_number=SBG4907R Schoenhutt's red baby grand piano]].
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic:
** His music video for "White and Nerdy" featured a throwaway joke about vandalizing the Wikipedia page about Atlantic Records. That page has now been vandalized enough times in that manner that its talk page prominently features a warning about it.
** Early in his career, he had a hit with "I Lost on Jeopardy". He competed on ''Rock & Roll Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' nearly two decades later... and lost.
* No less than ''fourteen'' drummers have taken the stage with space-rockers ''Music/{{Hawkwind}}'' at one time or another. This may well have been the origin of the "disposable drummer" gag in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''.
** Although rock drummers and to a lesser extent bass players have a (deserved or undeserved) reputation as temperamental and frequently quitting.
* The video for the 2005 Music/{{Eminem}} song "Like Toy Soldiers" features Eminem pacing in the corridors of a hospital while doctors attempt to save the life of his best friend, fellow UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} rapper Proof, after he was shot. Their efforts were in vain; one of the last scenes of video shows Eminem attending Proof's funeral. On April 11, 2006, Proof was shot and killed in real life due to a barroom dispute.
* The song "Miss America" by Music/{{Styx}} foreshadowed 1984 Miss America pageant winner Vanessa Williams' fall from grace. She resigned the title after nude photos taken before her pageantry days surfaced in Penthouse magazine.
* In an August 1998 interview with ''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown'', Music/MarkWills revealed that, when he was listening to the demo for his hit "Don't Laugh at Me", he actually passed by a homeless man holding a cardboard sign, when the song is about not judging people of that sort.
* Two examples from the PetShopBoys:
** "King's Cross": ''Only last night I found myself lost/By the station called King's Cross/Dead and wounded on either side/You know it's only a matter of time'' -- this song was released two months ''before'' the 1987 fire at King's Cross tube station that killed 31 people.
** "Dreaming of the Queen": A song that combines references to death and Princess Diana, often presumed to relate to Diana's death in 1997, was actually released in 1993.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In 1999, Wrestling/TripleH "married" Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's daughter, {{Wrestling/Stephanie|McMahon}}, in a Vegas drive-thru ceremony.[[note]]In which Stephanie was either drunk or drugged.[[/note]] While it initially was a stick-it to Vince, it eventually turned into a power brokering that consolidated Vince and Triple H's ambitions into the "[=McMahon=]-Helmsley Faction". In 2003, Triple H and Stephanie really ''did'' tie the knot and started a family. This in turn likely helped Triple H move from working the ring to working the front office of WWE as the VP of Talent and Live Events (and indeed, he will likely become Vince's successor when the time comes).
* Similarly, Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/AJLee were involved in a storyline which saw the latter taken an interest in Punk and months of flirting and a few kisses between them. They started legitimately dating in 2013 and got married the following year.


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]

* In the Creator/WhiteWolf RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'', a 1999 sourcebook gives the Pope's name as Benedict XVI. A common choice of papal name, true, but the next Pope to take office was Benedict XVI in 2005.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}'', Vehicles are equipped with ferroglass cockpits. Now we have transparent aluminum. We're getting pretty close. (Sort of... The aluminum we now have is only transparent to certain types of radiation. And to create this material one electron has to be shot out of each of it's atoms with a soft x-ray laser, one by one. But it's a start. A slow, limping, crawl of a start.)
* ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'' has an in-universe example, via special ability called "Like the Movies" that allows a character to turn certain situations into fiction-like coincidences. Using it too much attracts the attention of the [[PhysicalGod God]]-[[EldritchAbomination Machine]], that apparently has enough time on its hands to watch human media and [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife know if someone's using tropes]] to make things easier for themselves.



* When the original production of Music/StephenSondheim's ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'' opened on Broadway, Len Cariou (Frederik) and Victoria Mallory (Anne) were dating. In the musical, Frederik is a middle-aged lawyer and Anne is his teenage trophy wife. However, Anne ends up running away with her stepson, Henrik. After the production closed, Victoria Mallory and Henrik's actor, Mark Lambert, ran away together without telling anyone, just as their characters did.
** Their daughter, Ramona Mallory, debuted on Broadway in the latest revival as... Anne.
* The Irish comedy musical ''I, Keano'' is a send-up of the Saipan incident, the real-life falling-out between [[UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} Republic of Ireland]] national [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] team star Roy Keane and manager Mick [=McCarthy=] before the 2002 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], which led to Keane going or being sent home and not playing in the tournament. During the production's first run, three major cast members—including Mario Rosenstock, who played "Keano"—publicly left the show.


[[folder:Video Games]]
* In 2009, Website/{{Cracked}} published a humorous series of photographs under an article named [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_85_if-video-games-were-realistic/ If Video Games Were Realistic]]. One of the images had a ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' controller with six buttons per fret, on each fret of the entire guitar, simulating a real six-stringed guitar. Well, guess what kind of guitar controller was published with ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fender_Mustang_Pro_Guitar_Controller_%28body%29_for_Rock_Band_3_@_E3_Expo_2010.jpg Rock Band 3]]'' the very next year.
* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' Medic uses a special device called the Medigun to heal his allies. There is now [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y5H9Sasq5U a spray gun]] that applies stem cells extracted from the patient's skin to treat second-degree burns.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 5'' had the Hard Disk Cafe, a parody of Hard Rock Cafe, but there later appeared a real Hard Disk Cafe in Calgary, AB, Canada. Maybe coincidence.
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed III: Hot Pursuit'', ''Hot Pursuit 2'', ''Hot Pursuit'' [[Creator/CriterionGames 2010]], and ''Rivals'' showed sports cars being used as police units. Although unbelievable, there is a Lamborghini Gallardo (550-4) in Italy being used as an [[http://img.infocoches.com/img/lamborghini/2004-Gallardo_Police_Car/lamborghini_2004-Gallardo_Police_Car-006_3.jpg interceptor]] unit.
* Remember the Air Taser that you could use to light enemies on fire in ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter''? Several real life accidents have occured where people were lit on fire by police tasers, usually involving flammable liquids.
* Obscure Super Famicom [[SoBadItsGood kuso-ge]] ''VideoGame/HongKong97'''s plot involved turning the recently deceased "[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Tong Shau Ping]]" (Deng Xiaoping) into a weapon. The game was made in 1995, while Deng actually died in 1997.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', there was a point at which carp accidentally became the most monstrous beasts in the world, dragging a dwarf into water and tearing him to shreds while they drowned. The dwarven "leaders" tackle this problem the same way they tackle any other problem: doing nothing. In real life, a invasive species of Asian Carp has appeared in the Great Lakes. It has a tendency to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfG4vsJ5_xI jump]], and while it doesn't exactly tear people apart, they have been known to knock people out of small boats. In true Dwarf Fortress form, what has the government decided to do about this invasive species? Nothing.
* In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', the Chinese field aircraft generically known as [[RedsWithRockets Mikoyan-Gurevich fighters (MiGs)]]. Visually they're based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiG_1.44 MiG MFI, 1.44, and 1.42]] series, which never saw production and only got a maiden flight long after the projects had been canceled. However, in the real world China is developing the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengdu_J-20 Chengdu J-20]], which looks very similar to the [=MiG=] 1.44 family and is slated to enter service during the years ''Generals'' takes place.
* There must have been a few ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlezone1980}} Battlezone]]'' fans at BAE Systems and Polish Defence Holding. Their tank concept PL-01, [[http://www.armyrecognition.com/mspo_2013_show_daily_news_coverage_report/polish_defence_holding_unveil_new_tank_at_mspo_international_defence_industry_exhibition.html which they unveiled]] at the 2013 MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, is suspiciously similar in shape to the tanks of that game.
* One of the subplots in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' involves ADAM, an NSA code breaker who fled to Russia. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden Edward Snowden]], anyone?
* In the original installment of Tom Clancy's ''VideoGame/GhostRecon'', the first few missions of the game center on a U.S.-led armed intervention in the Republic of Georgia in the wake of a Russian invasion amidst the impending restoration of the Soviet Union. Oddly enough, the Russians did invade Georgia after the latter's attempt to restore government control over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the latter being a major setting in the game. (Also, this brief conflict took place in 2008, the same year in which the game takes place.)
** A lesser example exists in ''Island Thunder'', where the Ghosts are tasked with safeguarding democratic elections on Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro in 2006. Castro did concede power to his brother Raul Castro in the wake of ill health that year and eventually passed in 2016.
* [[EpisodicGame The first part of]] ''Byteria Saga: Heroine Iysayana'' was released in 2003, the titular [[AntiHero anti-heroine]] being an blonde [[ReallyGetsAround slut]] and HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Shortly before the events of the game, Iysayana and Odil had been drunk enough to spontaneously marry, then gotten divorced again within a few days or so. Less than a year later, Music/BritneySpears did almost the same in RealLife, which was eventually referenced in Chapter Three of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioStrikers Charged Football'', if you score a goal against Bowser Jr. there might be a sequence of him [[AgonyOfTheFeet kicking a goal post in anger, only to hurt his foot]]. A year later, Campino of Music/DieTotenHosen made the news when one of his favorite clubs, Liverpool F.C., lost the UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague semi-final and he picked the wrong garbage can to kick.
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL 15'' predicted in a simulation of UsefulNotes/SuperBowl XLIV that the New England Patriots would win against the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 after being down 14-24 in the third quarter. They did just that, although it took Seattle to make a ''huge'' mistake on their final play to make it happen, not a Hail Mary pass by quarterback Tom Brady. [[MaddenCurse Bonus points for having Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman on the cover.]]
* The plot of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Mega Man Zero 4]]'' was that refugees from Neo Arcadia were fleeing to the crash site of [[VideoGame/MegaManX the Eurasia Space Colony]], which had naturally regrown the whole century since the crash due to environmental conditioning equipment in the wreckage that remained functional. Real-life nature said "fuck that" and [[http://kotaku.com/fukushima-evacuation-area-overrun-with-vegetation-1798337117 reclaimed the Fukushima Daiichi area in seven years]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' marked the final ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' game marketed under the Midway Games banner. Who would gain control of the franchise in the aftermath? WB Games. And who owns Creator/DCComics? Creator/WarnerBros (Scorpion even [[GuestFighter showed up]] in Netherrealm Studios' first non-''Mortal Kombat'' fighting game, ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', a DC Comics fighting game).


* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'': Near the end of a recent story arc, some robots are discussing the implications of their status as citizens. One robot wonders if that means representation. Another wonders if representation will lead to taxation. In early 2017, Microsoft creator Bill Gates [[https://www.ft.com/content/d04a89c2-f6c8-11e6-9516-2d969e0d3b65 proposed taxing robots or the profits derived from them]].
* There are doubtless a couple of people keeping lists of the number of times life has imitated ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''. To wit:
** Cory Doctorow has worn a cape and goggles to an event.
** Richard Stallman has a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana.]] I repeat: ''Richard Stallman'', one of the fathers of GNU/Linux, ''has a freaking katana.''
*** ...which was given to him by XKCD fans. Though he has joked that the only use he can think of for it is to "keep it by my bed".
** [[MundaneMadeAwesome People playing chess (and, in one instance, checkers) on roller coasters.]]
** Geohashing.
** A [[http://xkcd.com/481/ strip]] involved [[ThoseTwoGuys that guy with the black hat's girlfriend]] writing a virus that would cause a Website/YouTube comment to read itself aloud to the poster before being posted. Website/YouTube responded by adding an "Audio Preview" feature to their comment boxes (but sadly, not making it mandatory).
** A protester holding up a "[[[Wiki/ThatOtherWiki citation needed]]]" [[http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1432/1429610103_4050160f56.jpg banner]].
** In [[http://xkcd.com/591/ this comic]] [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Stephenie Meyer]] beats Website/FourChan at its [[{{Troll}} own game]]. Moot (4chan's owner) replied by temporarily replacing /b/'s title by "Twilight appreciation zone".

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* In ''Website/{{Cracked}}'':
** The tendency of SF authors to prophesy future inventions is one of [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-realizations-that-will-ruin-science-fiction-you/ 4 Realizations That Will Ruin Science Fiction for You]].
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20379_5-important-things-you-wont-believe-comic-books-invented.html 5 Important Things You Won't Believe Comic Books Invented]] shows how Music/ElvisPresley's appearance, ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', and even ankle bracelets for monitoring criminals came from old comic books.
* Skippy of ''Literature/SkippysList'' joked about Chem-Light batteries existing, before they actually did.
* ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'''s WebVideo/FeedDump segment, where they talk about strange news stories, has one episode where they are aggrieved to discover the existence of an app for hiring people to beat someone up, pointing out that was literally a [[http://loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/2150/Punchr sketch they did]].

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'', a woman who had a chunk of her spine shot out by a gun turret was able to have screaming orgasms by having the remaining nerves dangling from the gap stimulated with surgical tools. In what must be the absolute weirdest example of this, a few years later some doctors tried this in RealLife & found it actually works.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': In what might be the most startling example of this, in 2007, a former Laotian general [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Laotian_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_conspiracy_allegation allegedly trained]] a paramilitary group in America to retake Laos from the communists. Two years ''earlier'' in the episode "Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana?", a former Laotian general trained a paramilitary group in America to retake Laos from the communists.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' examples:
** "Bart to the Future" presents three ideas for America's political future that have since become more considerable issues: the U.S. has handled its increasing foreign debt like an irresponsible person shrugging off bill collectors, marijuana legalization has been given more actual consideration, and the election of the first female U.S. President seems very possible at this writing (Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination in 2016, being the first female Presidential nominee of a major party).
*** At the time of ''this'' writing, Trump has won. We eagerly wait now for Lisa Simpson becoming the next president.
** In the episode "The Mansion Family", Homer takes Mr. Burns' yacht into international waters to avoid state blue laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sunday. After mocking the Coast Guard's inability to do anything to stop them the yacht is seized by pirates. When appealing to the Coast Guard for help the crew replies, sarcastically, that "Navy [=SEALs=] are on the way". In 2009, when the Maersk Alabama [[Film/CaptainPhillips was hijacked by Somali pirates]], the first such hijacking of an American flagged vessel since the 19th century, Navy [=SEALs=] ''were'' dispatched to the scene, shooting three of the pirates from the rear of a Navy destroyer and rescuing the hijacked crew.
** In "Trash of the Titans", Homer is elected sanitation commissioner of Springfield, but he ends up spending his entire year's budget in one month. Homer recoups the money by having other cities pay him to mash their excess garbage into a nearby mine shaft. But it proves too much, and Springfield ends up so badly trashed [[spoiler:that the town has to be moved five miles down the road.]] In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Toronto City Council had seriously considered turning the abandoned Adams Mine into a dumping site for Toronto's garbage until then-councilors Jack Layton and Olivia Chow showed them this episode, and they immediately changed their minds.
** In "The Trouble with Trillions", Cuba is facing economic collapse, prompting Fidel Castro to think about reaching out to the United States. They bounce back when they take the 1 trillion dollar bill from Mr. Burns. In December 2014 Cuba was facing economic collapse due to the collapse in Venezuelan oil subsidies so President Raul Castro, Fidel's brother and successor, reached out to US President Obama and and restored diplomatic ties, significantly eroding the 50+ year embargo between the 2 nations.
** In "The Last of the Red Hat Mamas", Homer gets in trouble at an Easter egg hunt when he tries to steal eggs from kids' baskets to please Maggie. In 2016, a PEZ-sponsored egg hunt descended into chaos with reports of parents stealing eggs from other children.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Season 10 of the show featured a two-parter entitled "Cartoon Wars," which focuses on Creator/{{Fox}}'s dilemma over what to do about broadcasting an uncensored image of Muhammad on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Cartman argues that they're putting themselves in danger by agreeing to show the character (though he's really only doing this because he hates the show, as Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone do in real life), while Kyle's argument, that eventually wins the executives over, is that they're just giving in to demands. In-story, the network agrees to let it go uncensored, but viewers don't see this; the "censored" message was real, as Creator/ComedyCentral refused to show Muhammad on television. [[note]]The episode ends with a terrorist-produced retaliation, featuring cardboard cut-outs of Creator/TomCruise, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, various other Americans and Jesus defecating all over each other and onto the US flag, which [[DoubleStandard went completely uncensored]].[[/note]] [[Recap/SouthParkS14E6TwoHundredOne Four years later]], Comedy Central wussed out about showing Muhammad (as Kyle had warned Fox not to), also censoring the customary ending speech (which didn't mention Muhammad at all and was about giving in to fear and intimidation). Parker and Stone were ''[[CreatorBacklash not]]'' pleased.
** Early on in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', the boys pay a homeless man to get them into an R-rated movie. During the movie's theatrical run, there were [[http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=ADHB&p_theme=adhb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0ED0296CCFB1D99F&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM reports]] of underage teens purchasing tickets to ''Film/WildWildWest'' and sitting in the theaters showing the South Park movie instead. Matt and Trey were not happy about this because they hated that film and were mad that they inadvertently helped it make more money at the box office.

* Leonardo da Vinci thought of a helicopter 500 years before it was made.
** As noted at the top of the page, Life Imitates Art [[ArtImitatesArt Imitates Art]] [[ArtImitatesLife Imitates art]] [[TruthInTelevision Imitates Life]]. Chinese toy helicopters from circa 400 [=BC=] may have been depicted in European painting prior to Leonardo's time.
* {{Ray Gun}}s were common in fiction for decades, but it was not hard science, because you just couldn't actually make a weapon just by shooting energy alone. Then the laser was invented in the 1960s.
** Though you still can't build a gun out of them. Heavy artillery, ''maybe''. Pistols? It's going to take a while.
*** You can buy a laser "pointer" powerful enough to set fire to paper. It's not a lethal weapon but we're getting a lot closer.
*** So far, using lasers as weapons hasn't managed to get past AwesomeButImpractical. Humans are made primarily of water, and water takes an awful lot of energy to heat up. You can give someone a pretty bad burn with a laser, but it's hard to actually ''kill'' someone with one.
*** Blinding on the otherhand, or causing [[YourDaysAreNumbered skin cancer]]!
*** Blinding can also cause plane crashes, as there have been reports of people pointing their lasers skyward and being arrested for it.
*** On the other hand military (and perhaps even civilian) aircrafts will soon be equipped with missile-destroying chemical lasers.
** Laser cannons are now a [[http://singularityhub.com/2013/01/07/german-military-laser-destroys-targets-over-1km-away/ reality.]]
** One avenue of research towards this is for cinema accurate blasters is the plasma bullet, superhot plasma encased in an electromagnetic field. This would provide the laser appearance and the slower visible speed while maintaining the effectiveness.
** Electrolaser rifles[[note]]which use a laser to rarefy a line of air by energizing it, then fires a beam of high voltage electicity through it[[/note]] are the closest we're probably ever going to get to sci-fi ray guns. Their main use is BombDisposal.
* "Kremvax" started as one of several fictional Vax computers joining the internet on April 1, 1984, which was an April Fools joke by Piet Beertema. When the first genuine Moscow site joined the internet, its gateway machine soon was kremvax.demos.su
* It's Cracked at it again with [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18846_6-eerily-specific-inventions-predicted-in-science-fiction.html 6 Eerily Specific Inventions Predicted in Sci Fi]].
* A deliberate one, after the movie ''Film/ProjectX'' came out, several teens tried to replicate the movie's WildTeenParty, with bad [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/growing-number-project-party-copycats-lead-arrests-nationwide/story?id=15941569#.T6WNVlIpf_c results]]. 2 of them ended in violent shootings, and [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/dutch-teen-sweet-16-party-invitation-viral-facebook-ends-3-000-rioting-groningen-suburb-article-1.1165386 another]] ended with a riot and cars being set on fire.
* The World Trade Center attacks. Some websites are dedicated to listing popular media involving damage to the towers or the use of intentional plane crash attacks.
* The real life story of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale, an aging mother and daughter who resided in the falling-down mansion of Film/GreyGardens, is eerily similar to that of Miss Havisham and Estella in ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', except the daughter was the one who got rejected by her fiance, and unlike Estella, she never left the house (except when she ran away to New York for a few years). Miss Havisham herself may have been based on the real-life shut-in spurned bride Eliza Emily Donnithorne.
* As mentioned above, [[TankGoodness tanks]] are notable for the fact that they were an entirely fictional concept for a long time before RealLife decided that they'd be useful for the purpose of war, with the invention of a reliable and compact internal combustion engine and the caterpillar track making them practical to build.
* Invoked with the Science Channel series ''Sci Fi Science''. Dr. Michio Kaku discusses current technology and theories that would allow the creation of science fiction as reality. Justified in that scientists look to science fiction as inspiration to recreate the entertainment they enjoy.