This and related videos are taken from an episode of the Fox animated TV comedy series "Family Guy" that aired last month. I’m not going to embed them because, in the wake of Monday’s tragic incident, that would be rather tasteless. (Click the links if you must.) Nevertheless, the fact that the episode — called “Turban Cowboy” — involves terrorism and references the Boston Marathon has conspiracy theorists wondering aloud, can this really be a coincidence?

Radio host Alex Jones, the same guy who got an associate to ask Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Monday night if the bombing was a “false flag” operation to take away civil liberties, discusses the "Family Guy" episode on both his Infowars and PrisonPlanet websites.

Jones is an advocate of the conspiracy theory called predictive programming, which holds that not only do massive conspiracies happen but the perpetrators behind them — for God knows what reason — intentionally place coded hints about what is going to happen in popular culture. Hints that only people like Jones pick up on.

Wayne Madsen, a D.C.-based crackpot, says on his website: “More predictive programming from Fox and the psy-ops people? This aired in March. Just like "The Lone Gunmen" (another Fox show) airing an episode before 9/11 about a hijacked plane being flown into the World Trade Center. That’s show biz!”

The Daily Sheeple asks: “Is this just an uncanny coincidence or is it predictive programming?”

Granted, the episode is a rather gruesome coincidence. But that is all it can possibly be. We are dealing with terrorists here, not comic book supervillains. Come on, think about it: Even from the perspective of a conspiracy theorist this doesn’t make any sense. Why, if you were a terrorist planning something like Monday’s bombing, would you bother to go through the extreme trouble to include a coded message about it in a TV comedy show one month prior? What would be the possible purpose to that? Why tip people off at all? Let’s just follow Occam’s razor on this one.