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Tomorrow Is 'Back To the Future' Day ( 127

An anonymous reader writes: In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels from 1985 to tomorrow — October 21, 2015. The occasion is being noted in a couple of ways. A documentary called Back In Time debuts tomorrow that will chronicle the making of the Back to the Future trilogy. There are also screenings of the films around the world, and even a tour of locations from the film. Much to director Robert Zemeckis's dismay, everybody's judging the predictive accuracy of the films. "I always hated — and I still don't like — movies about the future. I just think they're impossible, and somebody's always keeping score." For example: "big-screen TVs, yes, Mr. Fusion, no; virtual-reality goggles, yes, Jaws 19, no." On the other hand, people are keeping an eye on the baseball playoffs — the movie predicts a World Series victory for the Chicago Cubs, something they haven't managed since 1908. The Cubs actually did make the playoffs this year, and are fighting for a league championship title at the moment of this writing.
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Tomorrow Is 'Back To the Future' Day

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  • We still don't have #&@!% flying cars, but we do have nifty tablets to read USA Today on, unlike the flick's paper version.

    Hover-boards? Well, kind of, if you count big and noisy. 3D pop-out sharks? Well, kind of, if you are at the right spot (although automated eye position tracking is improving).

  • Posting from Australia.
    • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Tuesday October 20, 2015 @08:36PM (#50770097) Homepage

      No, we mean tomorrow. See, today is still today, tomorrow will be tomorrow. Apparently your today happened yesterday. Your tomorrow is the day after next.

      But tomorrow, by which time it will be today, it will be time for it to be Back to the Future Day. By which time you'll probably be Friday or something stupid like that.

      Do try to keep up, I know this time travel thing can be confusing. ;-)

      • Tomorrow morning, I am spitting coffee on the keyboard of yesterday while rereading your clever post.
      • Time travel is loads of fun though. I remember the first time I flew to the US from Japan, and realizing that I arrived before I left.

        Even better was the time I flew from Korea to the US. I left on the evening of February 2nd, and arrived on the morning of February 2nd. It seemed rather fitting.
      • "You're not thinking fourth-dimensionally" would have sufficed.

      • 'What the hell am I reading? When does this happen?'
        'Now. You're reading about now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.'
        'What happened to then?'
        'We passed then.'
        'Just now. We're at now, now.'
    • No, it's still 22 hours away.
      Living in a different timezone doesn't count as time travel.

      Posting from New Zealand.

    • by Punto ( 100573 )

      No, because in the movie they are in some suburb in Los Angeles, not in Australia. So it was Nov 21 in LA, probably Nov 22 in Australia at the time. Still tomorrow for you and everyone else.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Marty McFly: Hey, Doc, we better back up. We don't have enough road to get up to 88.
    Dr. Emmett Brown: Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

    I miss the libertarian future that never was...
    Hopefully we still can manage to get a cyberpunk dystopia.

  • by retroworks ( 652802 ) on Tuesday October 20, 2015 @08:28PM (#50770063) Homepage Journal
    Amazingly, Chris Lloyd is right. Fax machines today are still for sale on Amazon. []
    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      Yep, my old king ant still uses his fax machine! I think a lot of companies too. I even had to use a fax machine to turn in my lay off stuff. :(

  • Jaws? (Score:4, Funny)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Tuesday October 20, 2015 @08:45PM (#50770145) Homepage

    Jaws 19, no

    Oh, really? []

    Some nitwits with far too much time (and alcohol) on their hands in Ufa, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, in south central Russia, near Kazakhstan, came up with this putrid Jaws satire, obviously titled after the joke in Back To The Future part II, and obviously filmed on someone's cell phone. And allegedly on a budget of 100 Rubles, which, as of this writing, converts to exactly US$1.62.

    Suddenly I want to see this.

  • ... seeing how Jaws 16, 17 and 18 were really derivative.

  • I saw a video yesterday that claimed that BTTF predicted 9/11. Sad part is some people actually believe this shot.
    • I saw a video yesterday that claimed that BTTF predicted 9/11. Sad part is some people actually believe this shot.

      The sad part is that cellphones avoid letting you type cuss words even after you turn off the obscenity filter

  • My prediction? The occasion will be "noted" by a series of themed jokes flooding your Facebook status. We're a day-ish ahead here in Australia and it's been going on all morning.
  • Looks like Griff is planning something for tomorrow night...

    Marty McFly Jr:
    Marlene McFly:
    Griff's girl:

  • Might have been tomorrow yesterday. It wasn't obvious this was a stupid headline as you were typing it? Or is this some joke on the inability to see into the future?

  • Jaws 19 would have been better than "Zombie Apocalypse 402".
  • The mass media likes to equate hoverboards with magnetic levitation. That might be the case if the boards only worked over special magnetic rails, or at least conductive surfaces. If you want a freely moving vehicle, like a hovercraft without all the noise and the rubber flaps, think plasma levitation [].
  • Check out the map i made with memes and videos.. from near the studios! []

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun