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* Pauly Shore


As we settle in for the ride, we might recall that this is Back to the Future Day: today’s date in 1955 was the day Marty McFly arrived in the Hill Valley of the past in Doc Brown’s DeLorean, from October 26, 1985.



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November 5, 2016 at 1:01 am

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them”*…


Marcus Rosentrater, filmmaker and animator of FX’s amazingly-amusing Archer, has done us the service of combining all six Star Wars films into a single viewing experience:

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* Obi-Wan Kenobi


As we hope that the Force is with us, we might recall that it was on this date in 1985 that Universal Pictures released the keystone of another– though very different– sci-fi franchise: Back to the Future.



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July 3, 2015 at 1:01 am

Rule, Britannia!…


What do Guatemala, Tajikistan, Luxembourg, and the Marshall Islands have in common?

Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule.  But that oft-recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country.

A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe.

The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only 22 which have never experienced an invasion by the British.

Find the other 18 unviolated nations in the full story at The Telegraph.


As we realize that, perhaps, “Cool Britannia” isn’t such a bad idea after all, we might recall that this was the date in 1955 to which Marty McFly returned in Back to the Future (and Back to the Future II).


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November 12, 2012 at 1:01 am

Examining the text closely. Very closely…

From “Ryan,” B to the F, a Tumbler in which he examines– very closely examines– the novelization of the first of the three Back to the Future films, which was published in advance of the release of the movie…


If you were writing the first words of a novel version of Back to the Future, how would you do it?  Maybe you’d introduce the concept of time being important, like the film did with all them crazy clocks.  Maybe instead you’d introduce Marty and Doc, show who they are and what their relationship is.  Well, anyway, you’re totally wrong!

The correct answer is to KILL EVERYBODY…

Read along– it gets even better– at B to the F…  [TotH to the always-illuminating Pop Loser]


As we explore the frontiers of editorial license, we might recall that it was on this date in 1956, at a party in Cambridge, England, that Fulbright Scholar Sylvia Plath met poet Ted Hughes.

…the one man in the room who was as big as his poems, huge… I screamed in myself, thinking, Oh, to give myself crashing, fighting, to you.

Her wish was granted; they were married later that same year.  Plath killed herself, in London, in 1963, several weeks after The Bell Jar came out; in 1981 her Collected Poems (edited by Hughes, who oversaw her posthumous publications) won the Pulitzer Prize.


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February 26, 2012 at 1:01 am

Recapturing those golden days of youth…

Buenos Aires-based photographer Irina Werning offers her subjects an opportunity for which, at one time or another, almost everyone has hoped– a chance to step back in time…

Lucia, 1956 & 2010, Buenos Aires

Fer, 1970 & 2010, Buenos Aires

… many more at Werning’s wonderful “Back to the Future.”

As we wax nostalgic, we might recall that it was on this date in 1959 that the Dalai Lama fled Chinese suppression of a national uprising in Tibet, crossed the border into India, and took political asylum.  In 1950, China (which considers that it has a historic right to Tibet) had invaded the mountain nation (of which the Dalai Lama was both spiritual and political leader); a year later, a Tibetan-Chinese agreement was signed under which Tibet became a “national autonomous region” of China, supposedly under the traditional rule of the Dalai Lama… but in practice ruled by China with an increasingly heavy hand.  Protests arose with increasing frequency and severity over the next several years, until March of 1959, when full-scale rebellion erupted.

The 14th Dalai Lama, in exile (source)

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