What If Marty McFly Traveled Back to the Actual Future?

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Happy Back to the Future Day, everyone! That's right. Today's the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive from the past to change the course of history once again. Yet, while we probably won't see Doc's DeLorean (or any other car, for that matter) zipping through the air any time soon, fans across the Internet can't stop comparing fictional 2015 with the real thing. Of course, when Universal Pictures released Back to the Future II in 1989, writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were clearly optimistic, imagining an era filled with floating skateboards and creative clothing. But what if Zemeckis and Gale had their own crystal ball? What if Marty McFly visited the real 2015 instead?
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Happy Back to the Future Day, everyone! That's right. Today's the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive from the past to change the course of history once again. Yet, while we probably won't see Doc's DeLorean (or any other car, for that matter) zipping through the air any time soon, fans across the Internet can't stop comparing fictional 2015 with the real thing. Of course, when Universal Pictures released Back to the Future II in 1989, writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale were clearly optimistic, imagining an era filled with floating skateboards and creative clothing. But what if Zemeckis and Gale had their own crystal ball? What if Marty McFly visited the real 2015 instead?Well, in all honesty, the creators were both creepily correct and ridiculously wrong when it came to their predictions:

When Marty McFly traveled back to the future...

Flying cars ran on garbage and teens wreaked havoc on hoverboards.

If Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived today...

Some cars are more fuel-efficient now, and others run on electricity, but we're still dependent on fossil fuels and paved highways. (Yes, where we go, we do need roads.) Oh, and hoverboards? Close, but no cigar. If you search 'hoverboard scooter' on Google, you'll find our modern day consolation prize. Even Gale wants people to know those things they're rolling around on aren't hoverboards. These strange, self-balancing contraptions have gained traction within the last few months, but the hefty price tag leads me to believe it'd still be more economical to save up for one of Marty McFly's mythical gadgets instead. For now, we'll have to protect our streets from the teens that think they can text and drive (or walk) simultaneously without consequences. Sadly, the creators didn't have the foresight to predict our growing tech dependence. I guess we showed them!

When Marty McFly traveled back to the future...

Holographic 3D billboards and newspapers coexisted.

If Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived today...

OK, newspapers aren't totally antiquated yet, and our billboards might not be holographic, but having screens by the side of the highway freaked me out initially. We are, nevertheless, obsessed with 3D technology within the film industry. (Personally, I'd rather skip such movies entirely because there's no way I'd pay extra money to watch an overgrown television in those uncomfortable glasses. If I want 3D action, I'll just stare at real, live humans for two hours instead.) However, they were right on the money when adding in that joke about Jaws 19. While we're lucky they finally gave up after Jaws: The Revenge, the fourth and final installment, we've had to suffer through seven Saw movies, six Paranormal Activity pictures, and (inevitably) 10 The Fast and the Furious films. Maybe Hollywood should've taken a closer look at this instant classic and heeded its warnings posthaste?

When Marty McFly traveled back to the future...

Sneakers laced themselves and bullies picked on the little guy.

If Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived today...

Well, we have sneakers, but if you don't like laces, you'll merely have to opt for something of the slip-on variety. Crocs still exist for some reason, and Velcro remains popular with children, but we're still waiting for Nike to fulfill its promise. Bullies, however, have evolved thanks to social media. Now, instead of Griff and his goons tormenting victims physically, they'd likely be confined to their smartphone, using Facebook and Twitter to disseminate their hateful messages. While technology certainly has its benefits, we need to be aware of its pitfalls. Marty McFly was able to exact his revenge and alter his son's fate with great ease compared to those tortured online today. Said behavior shouldn't be tolerated in any form, so we must be increasingly vigilant if we're to protect our future generations today.

But hey, at least the Chicago Cubs may very well end their 107-year losing streak! How's that for bizarre, but potentially mind-blowing predictions? I certainly wouldn't mind seeing this dream become reality.

What'd you think 2015 would look like when you were younger? Let us know how your predictions compare with reality in the comments below!

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