Simpsons Inspiration for Artificial Cloud Idea?

This week, the head of Qatar University‘s mechanical and engineering department announced plans to create “an artificial cloud” that will be positioned in the sky to help reduce the heat in stadiums during the 2022 World Cup. That’s quite an interesting and innovative concept, except for one minor little detail… the idea was taken from a classic 1995 Simpsons’ episode. In the two part “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” episode, nuclear plant owner C. Montgomery Burns created a giant shield and kept Springfield in darkness, which would lead to his shooting later in the episode. I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Click the image to enlarge.

Qatar uses idea from The Simpsons
Qatar plans to creates an artificial cloud... C. Montgomery Burns couldn't be more proud...
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