Calculus isn't every student's forte, but even those who are more grammar nerds than number whizzes can appreciate the inspiring talent of people who can answer complicated equations without scribbling on scratch paper or counting off on fingers and toes. We have a soft spot for movies that delve into the complicated heads of math geniuses. With hallmarks like frantic formula solving (on a chalkboard or window pane) and "aha!" moments of numeral clarity, these films are ideal to watch the next time you're nostalgic for algebra.
It's been 27 years since Marty McFly crawled into a DeLorean and ended up in 1955, but the quotes from Back to the Future are still as prolific as ever. From George McFly's stuttering proclamations of love to Doc Brown's harried calculations, we grew up citing lines from Robert Zemeckis's classic time-travel hit. Here's a sampling of our favorite quotes, what are yours?
- "1.21 gigawatts!" — Doc Brown
- "You're my density." — George McFly
- "Are you telling me that you built a time machine . . . out of a DeLorean?" — Marty McFly
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We've seen film magic turn into reality before — remember, the tablet was first seen on Star Trek! Now for those who daydreamed of a life as cool as Marty McFly's as a kid, your turn has come. During this week's New York Toy Fair, Mattel announced plans to produce the pink hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II.
OK, there's no actual air hovering that will occur, but it's a 1:1 replica that will glide over most surfaces and make whooshing noises. Mattel will take pre-orders from March 1-20 for the hoverboard, expected to ship in the 2012 holiday season. There's a bit of a catch: Mattel needs you to get your fellow superfans to pre-order the product to bring it to production. As they say, "Because this is such a high-cost item, there will be a minimum number of orders required to go into production. If we don't receive the minimum orders, won't go into production and customers will not be charged. The price will be announced later this month."
It's up to you mini-McFlys to make the hoverboard a reality! The hoverboard, though, is just one of the products that can have you living like Marty; follow the break to see what else can get you Back to the Future.
Move over Batmobile, if there's one car straight from a movie we'd take home in a heartbeat, a DeLorean in the style of Back to the Future is at the top of the list. A built-in flux capacitor isn't even required. And as it turns out, the DeLorean Motor Company is still in business, repairing parts from old DMC-12 vehicles and even building new custom cars using 80 percent original DeLorean parts and 20 percent modern engine technology.
The DMC has joined forces with an electric car company, called Epic EV, to produce a new fully electric DeLorean. A prototype of the electric DeLorean, called the DMCEV, was displayed at last week's International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston. The two companies hope to have the DMCEV in production by 2013. The ultimate fan car and good for the environment! Pricing details weren't released alongside the DMCEV's unveiling; how much would you be willing to pay to bring a piece of your favorite movie home?
The Nike MAGs went on sale via Ebay yesterday, and since there are only 1,500 pairs of Back to the Future-inspired shoes being auctioned off for charity, most of us will have to do with just looking longingly at photos of the futuristic kicks. Good thing there are more press photos to drool over! Check out some more close-ups in the gallery.
As we mentioned earlier, Nike is rolling out a real-life version of Marty McFly's self-lacing Nike shoes, and High Snobiety has an early look at the shoes in person. Head there for more pics! The shoes will be sold for a good cause, too: proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. We're drooling over here.
Update: Nike will be auctioning off 1,500 pairs of MAGs during a 10-day event (150 pairs per day) starting tonight at 8:30p.m. PST and running through Sept. 18 via Ebay’s Fashion Vault. Unfortunately the shoes don't auto-lace, but I'd still get the credit card ready just in case.
Check out the official promo video of the shoes from Nike below the break!
I've pretty much waited my entire adult life for this moment: Nike may be set to release Marty McFly's sneakers, the Air Mags, from Back to the Future 2 after patenting the self-tying laces last year. A new video has surfaced (uploaded from DocEmmettBrown88, no less) of "McFly's Closet," which shows rows upon rows of the futuristic shoes.
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Did you get your copy of the 25th Anniversary Back to the Future trilogy? Come to find out, your collection isn't really complete until you snatch up this DeLorean external hard drive that replicates Doc Brown's time-traveling auto, complete with moving parts. The 500GB hard drive is priced at $250, which is close to what you'll pay for designer or high-end hard drives, but of course, this is Back to the Future we're talking about here. Who wouldn't want this on their desk!?
What do you think — am I totally geeky for wanting this, or do you agree that it's geek chic enough to own?
According to my favorite time travel flick of all, Back to the Future, of course! But in the real world, time travel could move from fictional films to real life with the right tools. Check out a clip from the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary trilogy extra, "The Physics of Time Travel," as Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku breaks down the truth behind moving forward and backward in time when you read more.