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Back To The Future 3 - Where's the Jigawatts?
Okay any die hard Back to the Future fan knows that the DeLorean needs to go to the speed of 88 miles per hour and 1.21 Jigawatts to travel through time, right? In part 1 Doc Brown uses plutonium to power the DeLorean in 1985, later on in 1955 plutonium is impossible to get so Marty and Doc harness a bolt of lightning to do the job. In part 2, Doc fuels the DeLorean with a fusion machine he got from 2015, that converts trash into energy. I dont get it, are we supposed to believe a soda can and banana peel can harnesses the same power as a bolt if lightning? I mean in the sequels, they kinda left out something that basically the whole film was based upon, the 1.21 Jigawatts.
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Contributed By: Miss Moon on 01-12-2012 and Reviewed By: MaryK
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nomad762 writes:
Yes, a banana can produce 1.21 Gigawatts of power if used as a fuel source for a fusion reaction. I'd also point out that this issue WAS covered in the movie (part 3) when Marty tells Doc about the Delorean having a fuel leak. Doc says that the flux capacitor can be powered by the Mr. Fusion without problem, but without gas they can't get the car up to the required 88 mph.
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port565 writes:
I hadn't thought about it. I'm not very knowledgeable on the subject, but I'll give it a shot anyway. In 1985, there was probably a perception that nuclear technology that existed at that time could have been made portable by 2015. This technology would have been so advanced that it could dissect common, everyday objects into atoms that could be made radioactive by manipulating its atomic structure. In other words, if you separate oxygen from carbon and move the oxygen atoms into the carbon atoms, you'd wind up with 0-atom oxygen waste and radioactive carbon. This compressed radiation would generate the 1.21 jigawatts of electricity. Of course, such portable capability en masse in a portable, presumably common, inexpensive unit would have immense micromilitaristic implications that should terrify anyone older than 3 months of age. It's a wonder that gasoline is still legal with its high combustability. Felons can't own guns, but there are no limits on the amount of crude oil or gasoline they can buy. Back on topic, it's been a while since I've seen BTTF. Was there a Mr. Fusion unit in the train from 1885? Was the heat from the logs atomically modified to generate the 1.21 jigawatts? Presumably, they didn't bring nor use supplies to modify the train, other than the three logs. I'd submit this thought to a new thread, but I've been caught with a false positive. Submitted January 12, 2012
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