Now why would anyone make up a fact that could easily be refuted?
Some British website reported that July 5, 2010 was the date Doc Brown punched into the DeLorean as he planned to be the first human time traveler at the beginning of Back to the Future. About 30,000 twits (um, users of Twitter) passed on the bogus fact (and yes, I was one of them) before realizing that it wasn't true.
Even die hard fans of the franchise can be forgiven, somewhat, for blowing this one. At the beginning of the movie, Doc does say he's planning to travel 25 years into the future. And 25 years from 1985 is 2010. Doc also shows Marty McFly some key dates. Why wouldn't he have shown Marty the date he was planning to visit?
Well, he got distracted, it turns out. He punches in Nov. 5, 1955, gets lost in thought, and the rest is the rewritten history of Hill Valley.
So July 5, 2010 was not future day. And according to the movie's first sequel, Marty and Doc (and Marty's gal pal Jennifer) won't be arriving in the sky over Hill Valley, USA, until Oct. 21, 2015. Why the discrepancy between 2010 and 2015? Well, the events of the first film convinced Doc to travel 30 years into the future instead of 25. So we'll have to wait.
Me? I'd like to send my teens back to 1985. Wouldn't that be fun?
How many of our kids would:
* get arrested for indecent exposure, not for exposing too much skin, but too much underwear?
* freak about having to buy a newspaper to find out what time a movie is playing?
* know how to operate a Sony Walkman? Like, you have to actually fast forward the tape and guess where one song ended and the next one began!
* be horrified to turn on a radio station and hear nothing but 80s music? [oh, wait, they get that now].
* utterly panic about having to carry dimes to make calls to their friends' houses on public pay phones?
* go to the movies and choose between the Karate Kid and Nightmare on Elm Street [Just kidding. Everyone knows those movies were released in 2010. Oh, and 1984].
Well, sorry for helping spread the Back to the Future hoax to those who follow me on Twitter. But it was still a fun thought. Now, tech geeks, you've got five years to get me a hoverboard, a Mr. Fusion, and a World Series Champion Chicago Cubs team.
Such vivid imaginations in Hollywood. I mean, really? A flying car I can see, but the Cubs winning the World Series?