Neil deGrasse Tyson destroys our dreams by saying we’ll never have Marty McFly’s hoverboard


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Anyone who has a heart loves the Back to the Future films. They’ve got just about everything; adventure, drama, a weird scientist, a heartthrob hero, and kick ass toys! Toys like the awesome hoverboard that I (and other 80’s kids) have been drooling over, ever since we first saw Marty ride one to escape BIff’s grandson (if none of this is making any sense, go see the films! Seriously, do it now!).

As October 21, 2015 is fast approaching (the date that Marty McFly arrives in the future Hill Valley), scientists and inventors alike have been hard at work to try and create a hoverboard like the shiny pink one that Marty borrowed (i.e. stole) from that little girl. Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has built a hoverboard that can be stood on and controlled by moving your feet. Unlike the film version, Duru’s overboard is controlled by small propellers, not magnets, but it’s still pretty awesome.


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Now que Neill DeGrasse Tyson, professional killjoy (we still love you though, Neil), who shatters our dreams and breaks our hearts by telling us that there is never going to be a hoverboard like Marty’s! The Huffington Post asked one of Earth’s favourite science bosses about Marty’s hoverboard, and he had this to say:

There are people working on it, and there are working versions of it, but hoverboards that cover everywhere? Where you would have taken a skateboard? I think that’s unrealistic, and it requires a special under surface to support it. I can imagine hoverboards in certain hoverboard venues where they’ve actually done the physics right in the hoverboard and the ground surface as well, but otherwise, no.


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Well, I guess that’s still something to look forward to. Perhaps in the future, kids will go en masse to hoverboard parks, and ride their shiny contraptions all the while being watched over by a smiling winking picture of the incredible Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly.