Today, October 21, 2015, is being celebrated as Back to the Future Day — the exact date Marty McFly and Doc Brown visited in 1989’s Back to the Future II. To celebrate the special day, many people, organizations, and companies are getting in on the Back to the Future fun.
In Australia, the Queensland Police Department, well known for their light-hearted and often funny social media posts, reported that the department deployed its newly created Hoverboard Unit this morning to investigate an automobile crash involving a silver car — going 88 mph, of course — and a power pole near a cinema that caused a power outage and stopped the town clock, reports BBC News, citing the police department’s report on the incident.
“This morning police officers from the Mount Isa Hoverboard Unit were called to attend a traffic crash on Rodeo Drive. A silver sedan had crashed into a power pole near the cinema. When questioned what speed he was doing, the driver stated that he was doing 88 miles per hour.”
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) October 21, 2015
The police report goes on to say that a 17-year-old man — who was in possession of a license that expired 30 years ago — was charged in the crash. Before his arrest, the man in question asked the local cinema owner for a Pepsi and wanted to know when they would be showing Jaws 19.
Speaking of Jaws 19, it seems Universal Pictures has that covered. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, on October 5, Universal released a spoof trailer for the movie advertisement featured in Back to the Future II.
Meanwhile, back in Australia, in honor of Back to the Future Day, New South Wales premier Mike Baird posted a video to his Facebook page pulling up to the side of the road in a tricked out, Back to the Future-style DeLorean.
“Great Scott!!” the video’s caption reads, “[t]urns out we still need roads…”
As was to be expected, social media sites like Twitter have been awash with brands such as Oreo, Nestcafé, and Royal Dutch Airlines tweeting Back to the Future-related images, trying to capitalize on the special day.
— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) October 21, 2015
— NESCAFÉ India (@NESCAFEIndia) October 21, 2015
— Royal Dutch Airlines (@KLM) October 21, 2015
Jumping the gun on hoverboard usage, on Tuesday, Austria’s transport ministry released guidelines about the not-yet-commercially-available mode of transportation featured heavily in Back to the Future II, reports ABC. The ministry says hoverboards are to be treated as small off-road vehicles, which may be used anywhere skateboards are. Citing the need for “legal clarity” over the matter, the ministry added that the only restriction for hoverboard usage is that they must not “endanger passers-by or motor traffic.” Also mentioned in the guidelines was the Pitbull model hoverboard used by Griff in Back to the Future II. This model, the guidelines say, would require a pilot’s license and flight authorisation.
Not surprisingly, car companies have got into the Back to the Future Day fun, no doubt in an attempt to capitalize off the trending day. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, back in June, Lexus released a video of a real, working hoverboard; Toyota has created a Back to the Future-themed ad campaign for its hydrogen-powered model Mirai; and Ford has released a spoof product advertisement video for a Flux Capacitor upgrade available for its Focus and Fiesta models.
Waterloo Station in London, England, joined in on the Back to the Future Day celebration by issuing a reminder to passengers that hoverboards and time travel are not permitted within the station at any time.
— Katherine Legge (@katherinelegge) October 21, 2015
Not to be outdone by the Queensland Police Department, other departments around the world have joined in on the spoofing. The Surrey Police Department in South East England took to Twitter to not only have some Back to the Future Day fun, but also to post an important message.
— Surrey Police (@SurreyPolice) October 21, 2015
Scotland’s Ayrshire Police Division posted on Facebook that they were looking to speak to two suspicious men who were spotted at the scene of a crash, driving a stainless steel DeLorean.
Probably the most exciting bit of celebration for Back to the Future Day came in the form of an incredibly inspirational video message from Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future’s own Doc Brown.
If my calculations are correct it is now precisely Oct. 21, 2015. The future has finally arrived. Yes, it is different than we all thought. But don’t worry, it just means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.”
And, of course, what kind of pop culture celebration would be complete without a themed porn video? That’s right! The same guys who brought you porn spoofs of The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and Guardians of the Galaxy are currently in production on Fap to the Future. What is it about, you ask? Lee Roy Myers, the brains behind the flick, told io9 all about it.
“Marty D*ckFly taking C*ck Brown’s invention back in time. And yes, the machine is powered by 1.21 jizzawatts, and has to get up to 88 orgasms per hour in order to travel through time.”
Have I missed any of your favorite Back to the Future Day celebrations? Let me know in the comments below.
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