Simpsons, Jim Parsons, a singing distributed ledger, a telecommunications giant, and a popular Bitcoin analyst – all threads are leading to the mass adoption of crypto.
The 13th episode of Season 31 of the popular animated show “The Simpsons” delved into the complex world of cryptocurrencies, managing to break the subject down so just about anyone can understand it.
The show aptly titled 'Frinkcoin,' listed on Feb. 24 features “TV’s most beloved scientist” and “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons, known for the socially inept yet lovable character Sheldon Cooper. Professor Frink develops a cryptocurrency, and to explain it to Lisa, he shows her a video of animated Jim Parsons talking of cryptos, coining a new version of Sheldon's phrase, "ka-chinga."
Enters the scene an animated ledger book that sings, in a blues style;
Each day I'm getting closer to being the cash of the future.
Not in your wallet, I'm in your computer!"
The final composed explanation is also included, sharing “everything you need to know” about cryptocurrencies, however likewise stating they know the identity of Nakamoto Satoshi, Bitcoin’s developer.
The episode consists of several such minute details noticed by eagle-eyed crypto supporters. One can see a whiteboard with a crypto formula, that includes signs for Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, maybe Ethereum, and what seems to be Frinkcoin, standing next to a plaque with a writing that says: "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."
The show has been running on our Televisions since 1989 and it's the USA's longest-running primetime scripted series. Two things are very important to notice here:
The number of viewers: though far from its peak, per Statista, the 29th season was viewed by 4.08 million people in the U.S. alone, implying that, in theory, millions across the world could learn of crypto through this episode;
Simpsons' predictions: the show has gained a reputation of something of a soothsayer, as individuals often point out that the show and its creator Matt Groening anticipated several events many years before they happened, including autocorrect, smartwatches, Ebola outbreak, Donald Trump becoming the U.S. president, Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show, the discovery of the Higgs Boson equation, and much more.
However, this is not the only piece of news that speaks in favor of the progress of crypto mass adoption. Multinational telecommunications company Vodafone Germany recently included Bitcoin in their advertisement, published on their Facebook page. Ironically, in January 2020 Vodafone left the Libra Association, along with 7 others out of the 10 association members, amid serious regulatory scrutiny Facebook and it's Libra have been put under.
Simultaneously, speaking at the Unconfiscatable Conference in Las Vegas this last weekend, Willy Woo, a popular Bitcoin analyst, said that Bitcoin is growing exponentially, not linearly. Currently, 1% of the world population holds BTC, he estimates, and the rate at which it's growing is 2x every year, which implies that half of the world will use it in some 7 years.