Today is November 5, 2012, which means that according to one of our favorite movies, Back to the Future, it was 57 years ago today that Dr. Emmett Brown slipped on a toilet seat while attempting to hang a clock and knocked himself out. When he came to, a picture appeared in his head -- a vision of what would eventually become the flux capacitor, which, of course, is what makes time travel possible.
So what is the flux capacitor? Here's a handy infographic that breaks it all down for you.
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Things you can do to celebrate today:
1. Park your car in a barn.
2. Watch the Honeymooners episode "The Man from Space," which was the episode featured in the film. However, the episode that actually aired that day was "The Sleepwalker," as "The Man from Space" didn't hit TV until December 31.
3. Listen to "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams, which was the number-one-selling song in the U.S. at the time.
4. Settle in for a screening of Robert Mitchum's Man with the Gun, which opened in theaters that weekend 57 years ago.
5. Or you could just revisit the original Back to the Future, which is available on DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.