Fan Theory of the Day: The Cubs Winning Answers One of Lost's Biggest Mysteries

Thursday, 03 November 2016 - 3:51PM
Thursday, 03 November 2016 - 3:51PM
Fan Theory of the Day: The Cubs Winning Answers One of Lost's Biggest Mysteries
The Cubs winning the World Series last night was such an unlikely event, it's become a running joke in futuristic fiction. Parks and Rec correctly called that they would win in 2016. Back to the Future was only a year off. Now, a new fan theory claims that one more piece of science fiction indirectly predicted the one-in-a-million scenario: Lost.

The theory comes from Reddit user The Swagonborn, who drew the connection between the 108-year gap between Cubs victories and the infamous numbers that appeared literally everywhere on Lost:

Opening quote
The Cubs haven't won a championship in 108 years.
People going insane about the 10 innings 8 runs statistic, which is cool. But ladies and gentleman :
4+8+15+16+23+42=108.
Lost was cancelled, no one was able to pause the timer this time.
Well played, Cubs.
Closing quote


In Lost, those pesky numbers had to be entered into a computer in the hatch every 108 minutes (which is also the sum of the numbers) to stop a devastating electromagnetic event from occurring. When the numbers were entered, the timer would reset, and they'd have to start all over again. Later the series, we briefly see what happens when the button isn't pressed, but then Desmond activates the failsafe and everything goes to hell.

So I guess, according to this fan theory, if Desmond hadn't activated the failsafe, then the "catastrophic event" would have turned everything upside down to the point that the Cubs would win the World series. (But replace "minutes" with "years," I guess?) The theory isn't perfect, but it's a cute coincidence. Besides, it makes about as much sense as anything else on Lost, so why not?
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