To quote a famous inventor, Doctor Emmet Brown, November 5th, 1955 is a “red letter day” in history.
So he was tooting his own horn but it was the day he invented time travel.
Obsessed with time and clocks, Doc Brown was standing on a toilet to hang a clock in his bathroom. (Never-mind the fact that no one spending a great deal of time in the bathroom could see a clock hung above (behind) the toilet). Since he is apparently a splashy hand washer the porcelain seat was wet and he slipped, fell and hit his head. After a brief nap, he woke up with a throbbing headache, a small gash on his forehead and a vision.
The vision would be the flux capacitor which funnels time and probability through time circuits built into a DeLorean DMC as an electrical current. This requires immense power (1.21 gigawatts) to harness both time and probability and uses the car’s unique stainless steel frame as a conductor.
Most of what we know about the device was from a first hand account surrounding strange events at a local school, Hill Valley High, the week from November 5, 1955 through November 11th, the night of the terrible lightning storm. We have put together that a teen from the late 80’s somehow was in the car when it unexpectedly activated the flux capacitor and time circuits sending him to 1955. The teen then met up with Doc Brown and spent a week meddling with the affairs of students at the school. The witness states that the teen destroyed personal property, instigated fights in the school cafeteria and parking lots as well as bullied some of the students locking them in the trunk of another car.
Other witnesses say the teen was a “dreamboat” and fine young man. One even called him an inspiration to begin writing and that the teen gave him confidence to ask out a young lady.
While the car was destroyed in a train accident it is said that Doc Brown has been seen in a steam-punk styled locomotive with similar qualities.
All fake nerd documentary aside this trilogy has always been in my top twelve movies (yup the other 9 are parts of trilogies as well). Check out this cool reunion of members of the cast from the 25th anniversary.
Tonight’s homework: Consider some of the key pivotal parts of your life and think about how much would be different today if a detail was different. No matter the outcome be glad you didn’t have to french your mom!
I less than three weather experiments!