July 6th, 2010
10:58 AM ET
So apparently somebody at the British website TotalFilm tweeted yesterday that the date July 6, 2010, was the date input by Doc Brown in "Back to the Future" for heading into the future, making Tuesday "Future Day."
And then - to paraphrase Winston Churchill - the tweet worked its way around the Web before the truth could turn its flux capacitor on.
When the error was pointed out, TotalFilm apologized - sort of. Though admitting they got the date wrong, the website Photoshopped a screengrab ... which caused yet more problems when IT made its way around the Web.
The truth is, of course, that in the original film, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels from October 26, 1985, back to the same date in November 1955, along the way knocking down one of the pines that gave its name to his starting point at Twin Pines Mall.
In "Back to the Future Part II," he does travel into the future - but it's still five years from now, October 21, 2015. (In the third film, he travels back to 1885.) So we have a ways to go before the older Biff Tannen gets ahold of Marty's almanac, travels back in time himself and manages to turn the latter part of the 20th century into his own hellish paradise. That all fell apart in 1997, of course, when Skynet became self-aware. (Whoops, wrong movie timeline.)
However, as some commentators pointed out, the weekend did have something to do with "Back to the Future" - it was the 25th anniversary of the film's release. So put on that Huey Lewis, call yourself "Calvin Klein" and order up a Pepsi Free. But don't forget to pay for it.
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