The Simpsons is a very influential cartoon. Influential enough that Qatar may have gotten the idea for an “artificial cloud” from a 1995 episode. In “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”, Mr. Burns came up with the diabolical plan of a huge shield that would prevent sunlight from reaching Springfield. Now, for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar University is developing a cloud thing to create shade and to keep the stadiums from being unbearably hot. Which…means they ripped off that idea from Mr. Burns? Um, okay. Sure.
[via Yahoo! Sports]