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Back to the Future Arrival Time Prank


Messages that have been repeatedly posted on social media websites claim that 'Today is the day Marty McFly Arrives'. The messages refer to the date that the character 'Marty McFly' from the 'Back to the Future' movies arrives in the future. The messages usually include a graphic supposedly depicting the arrival date.

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Brief Analysis

The messages are just harmless pranks. But, for the record, Marty Mcfly's arrival in the 'future' is actually October 21st, 2015. The 'real' date can be seen in 'Back to the Future Part II', the second movie in the 'Back to the Future' trilogy. Versions of the prank message have been posted almost monthly since 2010. Pranksters continually come up with new - and equally false - arrival dates, backed up with photoshopped pictorial 'evidence'.


Today is the Day Marty McFly Arrives.

BTTF Arrival Time Prank

Detailed Analysis

Messages about fictional time traveller Marty Mcfly's supposed arrival have been circulated by pranksters for several years and will likely continue to do so until Marty's actual 'arrival' in 2015. The messages feature an ever-changing 'arrival date', usually displayed as a photoshopped 'time circuit' graphic from the movie.

The messages are derived from the storyline featured in the 'Back to the Future' trilogy (1985-1990). In one of the movies ('Back to the Future: Part II'), the character Marty McFly, prepares to travel to the future.

As you can see below, the actual date that Marty McFly 'arrives' is October 21st, 2015. The following screenshot from the movie depicts the 'Time Circuits' complete with relevant dates:

BTTF Arrival Time Prank

Any other dates you may see posted on Facebook or other social media outlets are just the work of pranksters. Of course, these pranks are in fact quite harmless, albeit a little annoying. We discuss them here on Hoax-Slayer simply because so many people have sent us questions about them. However, in October 2015, expect to be bombarded with posts about Marty's imminent arrival.

Unfortunately, Marty may be a little disappointed upon his arrival to see our lack of hover boards and self-adjusting clothes. However, some fans on Reddit have a theory as to why that may be.

Last updated: March 7, 2014
First published: March 7, 2014
Written by Matthew T. Christensen
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