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Back to the Future

  1. Science

    Physicist Ben Tippett Weighs in on Marty McFly’s Guitar Explosion and the Physics of Famous Guitar Powers

    Movies aren't exactly known for caring a whole lot about how physics work, and some of the finest examples of this fact have come in the form of scenes where the power of rock coming from an electric guitar causes all kinds of crazy effects. So, CBC Music asked physicist Ben Tippett to shed some light on the real physics behind those power chords.

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  2. Entertainment

    Turns Out Funny or Die Was Behind the Hoverboard Hoax [Updated]

    The Internet has been all over the HUVr hoverboard hoax with its videos of celebrities like Tony Hawk floating through the air on a replica of the pink hoverboard from Back to the Future II. However, because the universe is a cold, indifferent place, it's assuredly not real, and it turns out Funny or Die was behind it.

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  3. Entertainment

    There’s a Really Elaborate Hoverboard Hoax Going Around Marketing… Something

    I want this hoverboard hoax to be real so badly, because I am a living human being with feelings. Unfortunately, it is most assuredly is not real despite the numerous celebrity endorsements and relatively elaborate website. But what does it all mean? I don't know, but I'm guessing it's viral marketing for something Back to the Future coming our way.

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  4. Entertainment

    This Is Heavy. The Back to the Future Musical Is Real

    OK, so the 2015 that Marty and friends travel to in Back to the Future: Part II isn't exactly going to be the 2015 we live in. While I've been able to get over that fact so far, news of a pending Back to the Future musical has pretty much assured me that our 2015 will be about as good as the bizarro 1985 from the movie.

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  5. Entertainment

    “Blink To The Future” Is The Doctor Who/Back To The Future Mash-Up You Never Knew You Needed

    James Farr - the same guy who's making those incredible Star Wars/Nintendo mash-ups we've been bringing you - has created the best Saturday Morning Cartoon ever: a timey-wimey gigawatty blast where Doctor Who meets Back To The Future. Basically, Rory is Marty McFly and the TARDIS gets DeLorean'd.

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  6. Science

    Learn About Time Travel, and How it Currently Affects Us in This New TED-Ed Video

    We argue a lot about how time travel works in movies like Back to the Future and shows like Doctor Who, but there's really no arguing against time dilation -- the effect by which an object moves slower through time the faster it moves through space. This new TED-Ed video by Colin Stuart explains the concept beautifully.

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  7. Entertainment

    What Does Michael J. Fox Think of Back to the Future LEGO?

    It's August, which means the LEGO Back to the Future set is finally available for purchase. Judging from a tweet he posted today, it looks like Marty McFly himself, Michael J. Fox, has his hands on a set. So what does he think about being immortalized as a LEGO minifig?

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  8. Entertainment

    Probably Not Drift Compatible: Seven Fantastic Examples of Technobabble

    Technobabble -- the scientific-sounding gibberish that scientist characters spew in every episode of Star Trek -- is the dilithium crystal in the warp engine that makes science fiction run. It can get to ridiculous levels. Ron Moore steered clear of it in Battlestar Galactica because his Trek scripts filled up with [INSERT TECH HERE], but ultimately it's hard to get by without it. Technobabble generally does make sense on a superficial level, since there's so much speculative science out there that there's bound to be a field related to whatever the story requires. For better or for worse, take a look at the greatest ways technobabble has been put to use.

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  9. Entertainment

    Great Scott! Back to the Future LEGO Set Finally Happening

    Brick to the Future. LEGO is getting an official Back to the Future set. Repeat: LEGO is getting an official Back to the Future set. This is not a drill, people! The set has been a long time coming, but it's finally a reality. It won't be available for sale until August 1st, but it's on display at San Diego Comic Con right now if you happen to be there and not stuck on the East Coast like some of us. Sigh.

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  10. Entertainment

    Got a Minute? Here’s Back to the Future in 60 Animated Seconds

    Want to know everything you absolutely need to about Back to the Future but don't have the time to sit down and watch the whole thing? We feel that - after all, it's a busy world these days. Now, thanks to the animators at 1A4 Studios, you can just check out this speedrun of the classic comedy which doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but still makes about as much sense as Back to the Future. All the requisite thrills, chills, and spills are intact, though it will come together a little better if you have seen the movie like a million times before this. You have seen the movie like, a billion times before this, right? Of course you have.

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  11. Entertainment

    Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads: Back to the Future LEGO Set’s Really Happening

    LEGO's just released the summer review results from their CUUSOO website, which is a system where modelers can submit their creations in the hopes that they'll eventually become actual sets. Once a submission manages 10,000 votes from the community, LEGO reviews them and makes a call on whether they move forward with the project. That's how that sweet Minecraft LEGO set came to fruition. One of those in the spotlight this time around was an impressive Back to the Future DeLorean model. You can probably see where this is going. Yes, a Back to the Future LEGO set is really, truly happening.

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  12. Entertainment

    This Back to the Future LEGO Set Could Become a Reality

    While there are many official LEGO tie-ins available, Back to the Future sadly isn't one of them. That might be changing, however, now that user m.togami has received 10,000 votes on LEGO's CUUSOO website. With the passing of that important milestone, the possibility of this becoming an official LEGO set moves tantalizingly close to reality. But it's not there yet.

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  13. Entertainment

    Check Out This Scale LEGO Model of the Back to the Future DeLorean

    Not all LEGO builds have to be massive to be impressive, even if that usually helps. This LEGO DeLoreon, for instance, is not full-sized; it's not even what you might call "large." Instead, it's a 1:15 scale model of the real deal, the real deal of course being the time-traveling one from Back to the Future. Constructed by Alex Jones, AKA, Orion Pax, the build is made completely of standard LEGO parts, but a custom silver paint job. And yes, the wheels can go into hover mode.

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  14. Entertainment

    Pre-Order An Official Back To The Future Replica Hoverboard Right Now

    Everybody wants a hoverboard and what more iconic hoverboard could you possibly ask for than the one from Back to the Future II. Granted, you might prefer a hoverboard that actually, you know, hovers, but this Back to the Future replica board is the best you'll be able to do at the moment. These official Mattel replicas are going for the relatively high price of $120, but after the pre-order there'll only a limited amount for sale, and there's no guarantee you'll be able to snag one of those. On top of that, the price will be higher, so act now if you're down.

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  15. Weird

    LEGO Hill Valley

    Alex Jones recreated Hill Valley, the iconic town from Back to the Future, in LEGO, because this is what LEGO is for. Jones has been working on the build for quite some time, and cited endless hours of watching Back to the Future to be part of the build process in order to get everything correct. Not exactly the worst fact-checking scenario. He created each building separately, then lumped them into the whole scene, which measures in at 140 by 140 studs. More pictures after the jump.

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