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Hoverboards Are Real! (1989)

Paleo-Future reader Chris mentioned that as a 13-year-old he watched a "Making of" documentary for Back to the Future: Part II. In it the director, Robert Zemeckis, claimed that hoverboards were real. I tracked down the clip. (And to be honest, I can see how a 13-year-old might believe that the hoverboard was real. I mean, the man on the television told me so!)


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Back to the Future: Part II (1989) 12 March 2007

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OMG! I remember seeing this vid when I was a gullible 9 or 10 year old and being really confused. I told all my friends they were real and waited through the pre-xmas season for them to appear in advertisements on TV. As I got older I realized it was an impossible technology and began to wonder if I had imagined the quote. Its impossible to explain how much seeing this again put my mind at ease after years of confusion!

March 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

And now I'll tell you why we'll never have hoverboards....


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March 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrub

My experience was nearly identical to the one described by jeff. I remember actually being upset with my parents because I thought THEY weren't telling the truth about hover boards.

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Haha, I remember reacting in exactly the same way! I actually spent hours in the library trying to figure out whether it was real.
I couldn't find anything ofcourse, but I was still sort of hoping that it was just to new to be found in a library book :)

March 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMuizer

Well, he might've thought he was funny then, but at least he's had his just desserts - almost 20 years of being asked about the reality of Hoverboards by everyone he meets!

May 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I just brought this up in a water cooler conversation, noting how I thought they would have been on the market by now... everyone stared blankly at me. What a jack ass I felt like. I have taken physics and KNOW this could not be true, but dammit, the man on the TV told me so! Thanks for posting the clip so that I could show them I wasnt making it up to hide my own stupidity.

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShane

I saw this on the DVD back in 2002 when i was 24 and i was going : "What the hell? How come no one told me this before? They can't be real!?"

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy

They are real. And you know what else? DeLorean was put out of business because 'they' wanted kids to stop messing up the space time continuum.

April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPsychicParrot

Silly man. If hoverboards had been "around for years", albeit suppressed, then they wouldn't really be futuristic, would they?

I gotta say, I love this movie, and I like tracking where we are relative to the 2015 of the movie. (Although, for a long time, I somehow had the idea that it was supposed to be 2035 rather than 2015. And it still feels more like 2035 to me.) Obviously the hoverboards are one of the most distant elements from reality, but I expect The Atrocity Channel to start up any day now. Cafe Eighties is probably already open somewhere.

I always figured that the hoverboards and the flying cars were meant to operate on the same as-yet-undiscovered physical principle. The cars are shown as using rockets (or jets) for steering and forward thrust, but the rockets don't really account for the basic levitating behavior of the cars.

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNemo

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