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December 30, 2014 11:29 AM   Subscribe

The Back to the Future trilogy predicts the John F. Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The messages are hidden in plain sight. [some graphic imagery of JFK | absurd-conspiracy-filter]
posted by quin (56 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
It always feels slightly unsporting to make fun of conspiracy theorists, especially when they're clearly...er....not quite perceiving reality in the same way the rest of us do.

But dammit, this kind of thing just always tickles me.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:39 AM on December 30, 2014


Wow. Thank you for this. I've got a friend who's pointed me towards Zietgiest and stuff but it all seemed too long to sit through. This was nice and compact. Nice nutty texture too.
posted by bonobothegreat at 11:39 AM on December 30, 2014


Kennedy, schmennedy -- I'm just looking forward to the Cubs' World Series win next year!
posted by DrAstroZoom at 11:41 AM on December 30, 2014 [14 favorites]


This is really funny, but Back to the Future was actually released on July 3, 1985. The fact that I had to look that up makes me very disappointed in myself.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:44 AM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Back to the Future was actually released on July 3, 1985

That's what they want you to think
posted by Hoopo at 11:46 AM on December 30, 2014 [11 favorites]


On a spot containing his severed head severed head severed head.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 11:47 AM on December 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


I can't believe it's not the Illuminati!
posted by Orion Blastar at 11:57 AM on December 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Relevant commentary on the issue. (NSFW audio)
posted by sbutler at 12:00 PM on December 30, 2014


I watched that movie and then my computer froze.

At 11:54 AM. And 5 + 4 = 9. Which is like 9 and 11 in reverse. Clearly "they" have control of YouTube as well. And Apple. OMG.
posted by tempestuoso at 12:00 PM on December 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


This same YouTube account is associated with some pretty horrible stuff, so I'm a little uneasy giving him views (and thereby ad dollars).
posted by jbickers at 12:01 PM on December 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


Orion Blastar, um, did you finish the video?
posted by crashlanding at 12:01 PM on December 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


I didn't look at any of his other stuff, so I'm assuming this was totally tongue in cheek, because it had to be... right? I mean, it's has nearly every conspiracy theory trope jammed in there, along with the repetition, along with the repetition, it has to be satire.

(though it didn't talk about chemtrails... I wonder why...)
posted by quin at 12:04 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Woooooo...I could only last about 2:30 into that video, the silliness was just too, too...wooooo.
Is it...y'know...serious? Or satire? Please tell me it's satire.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:07 PM on December 30, 2014


quin, I'm not so sure. It looks like the guy's a Sandy Hook denier, among other things.
posted by jbickers at 12:17 PM on December 30, 2014


This is really funny, but Back to the Future was actually released on July 3, 1985.

I think the guy was saying that Back to the Future Part II was released on Nov 22.
posted by 23skidoo at 12:18 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm not so sure. It looks like the guy's a Sandy Hook denier

So he's spoofing himself? How deep is this rabbit hole?
posted by marienbad at 12:23 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


These guys have a career in literary criticism/semiotics if they could shift their energies. Back to the Future does have a strong "resonance", an undertone of menace, that is out of proportion to its overall campiness. At least in my ancient memory. I always found the part where the men--"foreigners"--with machine guns drive up and riddle Doc with bullets to be shocking and outside the language of the film. There is an easy read of conscious or subconscious xenophobia right there.

See you on the youtube balconies with spyglass in hand.
posted by sylvanshine at 12:23 PM on December 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


Lybians. Which of course, what with the ongoing not entirely a war with "Lybian terrorism" of the time, made perfect sense as the antagonist setting the story in motion.

See also: Planet of the Arabs.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:32 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Woah, this is heavy.
posted by entropicamericana at 12:34 PM on December 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


I'd like to see him explain the cosmic significance of this odd little moment from Back to the Future Part III.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:43 PM on December 30, 2014 [17 favorites]


If he can read that into BTTF he's going to freak out if he ever plays Deus Ex

"One famous piece of trivia about Deus Ex is that, if you look at the city skyline during the missions set in New York City, the Twin Towers are conspicuously absent. The real reason for their exclusion isn't very interesting: something to do with memory constraints. So in the game's fiction, the Towers were destroyed by terrorists. Deus Ex was released in 2000, a year before 9/11."
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 12:45 PM on December 30, 2014 [10 favorites]


"...there is only one cameo made by an upside-down human being. And it is in this scene. This is the only time an upside-down character will ever be viewed, and it's for a reason."

This just made my day.
posted by bwilms at 12:52 PM on December 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


this was rib-ticklingly funny, and seemed note perfect satire to me. the test of it will be to see if it's re-posted by actual conspiracy nuts they way fox news has referenced 'the onion' (IIRC).
posted by OHenryPacey at 12:54 PM on December 30, 2014


I think the guy was saying that Back to the Future Part II was released on Nov 22.

Note also that the II in Back to the Future II looks just like the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
posted by chavenet at 12:59 PM on December 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


Crispin Glover is, of course, the leader of the Illuminati after sacrificing David Letterman via karate kick on live television.
posted by benzenedream at 12:59 PM on December 30, 2014 [7 favorites]


Additionally, the flames on the wire at 12:30 look like Arabic script to me. Can we get a translation?
posted by IndigoJones at 1:28 PM on December 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


I'm just pleased that Alex Jones now has his own competing conspiracy theories. On the topic of himself. What needs to happen is for those conspiracy theories to get their own internal conspiracy action happening. And so on, so Alex Jones can one day, perhaps soon, go down the rabbit hole of himself.
posted by chainlinkspiral at 2:10 PM on December 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Back to the Future II has nine consonants...9-11
posted by crashlanding at 2:36 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'd like to see him explain the cosmic significance of this odd little moment from Back to the Future Part III.

I knew what this was before I even clicked on it.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 2:37 PM on December 30, 2014


I'll bite.

Can't find it with a quick search, but didn't tombstones frequently have IX and XI on them?

Isn't it also Crowley's code for a gnostic mass where the sacrament is _.

Movies:
X-files passport.
Lone gun man, plot.

Whatever dude. Chillax.
posted by thoughtslut at 2:40 PM on December 30, 2014


Speaking of the X-Files and 9-11....
posted by I-baLL at 2:43 PM on December 30, 2014


(well, technically "The Lone Gunmen")
posted by I-baLL at 2:44 PM on December 30, 2014


Four planes. Four McFlys.
posted by Kabanos at 2:45 PM on December 30, 2014


A look at the credits also reveals some terrifying parallels to 1 World Trade Center and 2 World Trade Center:

Scooter Kid #1
Scooter Kid #2

Bystander #1
Bystander #2
posted by Kabanos at 2:45 PM on December 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


I can't find a clip, but I'm quite sure Three Days of the Condor had a telling shot of the Twin Towers at the end as well. And (spoiler) with a plot that revolves around oil interests... you do the math.
posted by Captain Fetid at 2:47 PM on December 30, 2014


Four planes. Four McFlys.

A-and "Marty" is almost an anagram of "martyr", so Martyr McFly

THINK ABOUT IT
posted by chavenet at 2:47 PM on December 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


Michael J. Fox is a Canadian.

A foreigner.
posted by Kabanos at 2:52 PM on December 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


chavenet, you seem to be on to something there.
posted by thoughtslut at 2:53 PM on December 30, 2014


Ok, I'll add this one. Not sure if you can find it. On late night talk show the year before 9/11 I think they did a building demolition on New Year's Eve. No, that doesn't even make add to the illusion. Apophenia for sure.
posted by thoughtslut at 2:59 PM on December 30, 2014


One of my favorite films from that era. Though to be honest I probably watched it too many times on cable and got tired of it. Still, great film.
posted by Thor's Hammer at 3:18 PM on December 30, 2014


So in the game's fiction, the Towers were destroyed by terrorists. Deus Ex was released in 2000, a year before 9/11.

Less impressive: it was released 7 years after a previous bombing attempt failed to take down the towers.

But if that's your sort of thing, The Coup's 2011 album Party Music was delayed because the album cover created in June 2011 depicted 2 members of the group destroying the Twin Towers, which probably seemed a lot cooler at the time.
posted by Hoopo at 3:37 PM on December 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


This kind of stuff fascinates me. I watched some videos one day on Sandy Hook and Boston marathon bombing conspiracy theories (That guy faked his legs! He was actually a Persan Gulf vet!) and I could not believe they were serious. But they absolutely were. So interesting. (Severed head? Omg.)
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 4:16 PM on December 30, 2014


Who the hell is John F Kennedy?
posted by dr_dank at 4:39 PM on December 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


He's just this guy, you know?
posted by quin at 4:48 PM on December 30, 2014 [7 favorites]


Just for reference, the video apparently comes from user barelyhuman11. This user (russianvids), is just uploading other peoples videos.

There's some more BTF stuff on the original creators channel. If its that offensive, the mods could change the like to point to the proper creators channel.
posted by lkc at 5:01 PM on December 30, 2014


Seems legit.

BTW, an anagram of "the Twin Pines Mall" is PLANES MELT WITHIN. An anagram of "the Lone Pine Mall" is LETHAL LINEMAN OP. A lineman is someone who listens in on people's calls, like the ones immortalised in the song Wichita Lineman. Are we being told that 9/11 was an "op", military/spy slang for an operation? That it would end in flames, with burning planes and thousands of corpses? Or simply that there were people who knew about it, the "linesmen" of the NSA, and chose to do ... nothing?
posted by Joe in Australia at 7:11 PM on December 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


Wake up sheeple! They only want you to believe these truths are ridiculous so they can deny the facts!

Srsly tho. This was weak satire or really weak crackpotting. Barely a worth a C.
posted by clvrmnky at 7:15 PM on December 30, 2014


If y'all ain't stumbled on it yet, barelyHuman11 has posted on vimeo - as Joe Alexander - the mind-bogglingly transcendant Lloyd our Christ Bearer "A synchromystic exploration starring Christopher Lloyd". Man, this guy is good.
posted by Trinity-Gehenna at 7:51 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


This is Jupiter Menace levels of brilliant.
posted by cthuljew at 9:06 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


...Jupiter Menace levels of brilliant.
With George Kennedy no less ooh Ima haveta save that for later. Thanx, cthuljew!
posted by Trinity-Gehenna at 9:27 PM on December 30, 2014


I'd like to see him explain the cosmic significance of this odd little moment from Back to the Future Part III.
Some of the YouTube comments for that video were quite enlightening. Thomas Gambill's observations are particularly pertinent to the discussion at hand, and I think he means it.
posted by Trinity-Gehenna at 9:36 PM on December 30, 2014


More laughing at the ill? Geez. Anyway…

So in the game's fiction, the Towers were destroyed by terrorists. Deus Ex was released in 2000, a year before 9/11." — said Stephen Levy!
posted by five fresh fish at 11:22 PM on December 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


(Lights e- ciggerette)
Fish, remember 9-10/ "grey" dossier.
(Battery explodes)
posted by clavdivs at 1:03 AM on December 31, 2014


Kennedy, schmennedy -- I'm just looking forward to the Cubs' World Series win next year!

Well, the Cubs have a new manager that managed to take the Devil Rays to the World Series, although they lost in four, so it seems possible and if that happens...

...these guys will need to make a new confirmation bias video.

Come to think of it there was that thing about the sports almanac from the future.
posted by lordrunningclam at 6:49 AM on December 31, 2014


@jbickers, quin links to the Russianvids YouTube account for this video, but it appears to originate with the barelyHuman11 account, which appears to be more directly related to "Apophenia Productions."
posted by kimota at 9:21 AM on December 31, 2014


Not only did the Illuminati give Michael J Fox Parkinson's to silence him, but they even put it in the script:

Marty's girlfriend is Jennifer PARKER

They have a SON

Michael J Fox has raised millions of dollars for Parkinson's research. Guess what symbol is on the back of those dollars?????
posted by dr_dank at 11:59 AM on December 31, 2014


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