Wednesday, November 5, 2008

88 Miles Per Hour

Yeah, everybody's talking about Barack Obama winning the election. But more important is that today is the fifty-third anniversary of the most groundbreaking scientific breakthrough in history: the conception of the flux capacitor.

Back on November 5, 1955, an amateur scientist from Hill Valley, California, slipped off his toilet while hanging a clock. He hit his head on the sink, at which point he had a vision of an important piece of technology that would make time travel possible. And while it took him thirty years to complete the creation of the flux capacitor, his idea was nothing short of revolutionary.

So thank you, Dr. Emmett Brown, for taking us back to the future. And thanks for keeping the universe from exploding due to some wacky paradox. Now where can I go buy my own flying DeLorean?


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