Surprising numbers of Brits believe in hoverboards teleporters and light sabers

first_imgMany of us believe in strange things. I, for example, believe in werewolves. You, on the other hand, might believe in an invisible old man who lives on a cloud who makes earthquakes happen. So who are any of us to judge the British for being gullible enough to believe that hover boards — you know, those floating skateboards seen in Back to the Future 2 — are real world products.The shocking revelation comes from a survey done by Birmingham Science City. It was launched at the start of National Science and Engineering Week on March 11th, and people were given a list of items and events, some of which were from science fiction and others of which really existed. Participants were asked to rank the items on this list as either true or false.The results are hysterical. 40% of all Brits surveyed, for example, believe that Marty McFly’s hoverboard exists. 24% also believe that teleportation, as seen in Star Trek or The Fly, is really possible, and that people actually get around doing it. One out of five Brits also believe that there are real-life lightsabers, just like out of Star Wars.While the results are hysterical, it’s worth pointing out that, to coin a term, the survey didn’t exactly play fair cricket. For example, much of the real science items looked pretty silly ostensibly, like the question “Can stars sing?” Well, yes, they can, from a certain point of view, but it’s not exactly “fact” to say that they can sing like a human does.At the end of the day, what this survey shows is that science-fiction is such an important part of our culture that it’s easy to mistake sci-fi gadgets for real ones. I love sci-fi enough to think that’s pretty cool.Read more at Birmingham (Via Wired)last_img


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