A number of people on Facebook and Twitter are saying that “Today is the day Marty McFly Arrives,” referring to the title character of the “Back to the Future” movies, but that’s not true.
The posts include a graphic showing the date of when the character is slated to arrive.
In the movies, McFly’s arrival in the future is October 21, 2015. Versions of the prank have been posted since as far back as 2010, with different dates.
“Pranksters continually come up with new – and equally false – arrival dates, backed up with photoshopped pictorial ‘evidence,’” says a post from Hoax-Slayer.
McFly travels to the 2015 date in “Back to the Future: Part II.”
In recent days, another “Back to the Future”-related hoax has been spreading.
A video that purports to showcase the HUVr Board from the movies turned out to be a fake. It was later reported as a fake clip for FunnyOrDie.
Former professional skater Tony Hawk later apologized for the HUVr hoverboard prank.
“I wanna apologize for the hoverboard prank,” Hawk told TMZ. “I thought it was obvious it was fake but a lot of people believed it.”
As CNET notes, “There’s a good number of tip-offs throughout the video that we’re being hoodwinked, namely that ensemble cast of awestruck celebrities that also includes Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, and Back to the Future’s very own Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd). In fact, it’s likely that a good number of celebrities were roped into the stunt both because it’s hilarious and also because it acts as a solid point of distraction from the fact that no actual members of the supposedly real MIT-spawned company are identified.”