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“What’s Opera, Doc?” to a Modern Beat

(Video Link) Eighteen years ago, professional animators voted the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” the greatest animated film of all time. I would certainly agree that it and “The Rabbit of Seville” are the greatest Bugs Bunny cartoons ever. Here’s dj BC’s quick-paced remix that adds hip hop beats to “What’s Opera, Doc?” -via Boing [...]

Back to the TARDIS

Christopher Lloyd was a great Doc Brown, but I can’t see him as the Doctor. At least deviantART user Ratgirlstudios’s re-imagining of a Back to the Future Part II poster prompts us to consider the possibility. Link -via The Mary Sue

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

Occupy News Bins

Doc Pop spent seven hours creating this LEGO diorama featuring Lt. Pike pepper-spraying a line of protesting UC Davis students. It was installed in one the many abandoned newspaper bins in San Francisco. Someone removed it less than four hours later, but the photographs remain. Link -via Boing Boing

This Day in (Fake) History: Doc Brown Invented Time Travel

On this date in 1955, Doc Brown hit his head on the edge of his sink and invented time travel. See Also: Back to the Future Co-Creator Bob Gale Explains How Marty and Doc Became Friends; Dear Slate: Bob Gale Is Locked in Our Basement; The Back to the Future Quiz

Things You Learned the Hard Way

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Under Colin’s post about items you shouldn’t microwave, regular _flosser Bert left this comment: “My brothers once tried to make a [...]

Dear Slate: Bob Gale Is Locked in Our Basement

As surprised as I was that Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale actually responded to our question about the origin of Marty and Doc’s friendship, I could not have imagined the splash his explanation would make. This “scoop” was covered by New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, MTV, and Slate, among others. [...]

How Marty McFly Met Doc Brown

One of the authors at mental_floss asked managing editor Jason English a question he couldn’t answer, so he asked the readers. “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start the movie and it’s just implied that they’re good friends.” — Brett Savage Among the many comments at that [...]

Questions Our Writers Send Me Via Text #1 (of Thousands, Probably)

Every now and again, a fellow _flosser texts me a question I just can’t answer—either because I don’t know the answer, or because of the medium’s draconian character limit. So I’m going to start tossing out these questions to the group. “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in [...]

If All Time Travel Films Had Doc Brown

Doc Brown from the Back to The Future trilogy has got to be one of the all time most memorable time travelers. He and Marty McFly usually save the day, but what if Doc had been the protagonist in other time travel movies? Great Scott!   With Added Doc Brown: The Doc appears in place of Michael [...]