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Is today Back to the Future day? No…

Text by Katherine THOMPSON

Latest update : 2010-07-06

The net was abuzz Monday with the news that Tuesday July 6, 2010 was the date to which Doc Brown, in hit film "Back to the Future", set the date to in his Delorean time machine back in 1985. Sadly, the story was false.

A million fans of classic 1980's film 'Back to the Future' are heartbroken.

On Monday, web users were salivating over the news that today, Tuesday July 6, 2010, was the date at which Doc Brown set the date to in his Delorean time machine in the Back to the Future film.

The story was backed up with a screen shot from the movie showing the date on the car’s console.

Sadly, the image is a fake, and it turns out that a journalist at the UK’s Total Film magazine made a bit of a mistake.
 
The journalist in question tweeted; "Great Scott! It's Future Day! In Back to the Future, Doc Brown sets the time circuits for 25yrs in the future.. that day is today!," (@totalfilm).
 
It has emerged that it was a genuine error on the part of the journalist, and he subsequently posted a retraction.
 
But along with his retraction he decided to post a fake screen shot of the film showing today’s date on the Delorean’s dashboard as a sarcastic gesture.
 
The image swept the web in minutes, and inadvertently fanned the flames of the fake story rather than quelling them. The story was one of the top trending stories on Twitter and most searched for subjects on Google.
 
Back to the Future’s legions of fans will have to wait until 21 October, 2015, for the real Marty McFly day… and perhaps for the hoverboards as well.

Date created : 2010-07-06

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