- Apple warns coronavirus expected to cause iPhone ‘supply shortages’ Monday 7:59 PM
- Will ‘The Bachelor’ end without an engagement? Monday 7:44 PM
- This ‘Little Women’ scene just became a meme Monday 7:03 PM
- Playable version of Blizzard’s ‘StarCraft: Ghost’ leaks online nearly 15 years after cancelation Monday 6:31 PM
- This Twitter extension can block unsolicited nudes from your inbox Monday 6:01 PM
- Jeffree Star wears cornrows after being accused of cultural appropriation Monday 4:49 PM
- Jeff Bezos says he’ll commit $10 billion to combat climate change Monday 4:18 PM
- A TikTok user went on a mission to turn his urine blue by chugging food coloring Monday 3:55 PM
- YouTuber’s vacation in ‘Bali’ was actually staged at Ikea Monday 3:14 PM
- Video shows liquor store manager calling employee ‘f*cking worthless’ Monday 1:16 PM
- Instagram influencer scams followers out of $1.5 million Monday 12:22 PM
- Why did the Israeli military tweet this thirst trap? Monday 10:43 AM
- Jake Paul wants you to have financial freedom… by paying him a monthly fee Monday 10:40 AM
- Tweets from Sanders supporters are terrifying the establishment Monday 10:15 AM
- Zuckerberg says he supports 1 bill in Congress that would regulate Facebook Monday 10:11 AM
Back to the Future III turned the franchise on its head with an unexpected Western as well as the compelling love story between Doc and Clara. Its locomotive focus was an instant hit with audiences, earning the film $244.5 million worldwide. And it’s still a fascination with fans, especially its reliance on trains.
The movie finally got its scientific and historical comeuppance on Reddit this week. Redditor anthropology_nerd wanted to know just what the top speed of a locomotive was in 1885—the year Doc had somehow gotten stuck in as the movie begins.
Turns out that 88mph was not only possible but slyly highlights the ensuing speed wars that countries like Britain were committed to when train travel was the hottest way to get around. Redditor Interurban_Era was happy to provide a detailed answer.
Sadly, the train that the movie version was modeled after didn’t come into existence until six years later. Two years after that, a modified train reached speeds in excess of 100mph. So, totally possible so long as Doc and Marty were willing to wait a few years!
Not only was Interurban_Era incredibly gracious with his time and knowledge but he’s hoping to do it again in the future. Time to ready those Snowpiercer questions.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.