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The Chicago Cubs have finally won the World Series for the first time in over one hundred years and even people who aren't Cubs fans are happy to see that streak end. Although, not everybody is thrilled, and we're not simply talking about Indians fans here. Bob Gale, the man who wrote the screenplay for Back to the Future Part 2 finds the Cubs win to be bittersweet because his memorable joke isn't as funny anymore.

Bob [Zemeckis] and I have been talking about this since last year, of course, when it looked like our prediction might actually come true in the right year. So the question now is: so, they've won, is the joke ever going to be funny again? It's not an usual event now. ... It was mixed emotions because I was thinking if the Cubs lose, people will still laugh at the joke and if the Cubs win, then we made an almost accurate prediction. The best part of it is that it was a gag that was so memorable, here we are still talking about it and that's gratifying, that Back to the Future means to much to so many people.

In the memorable scene in Back to the Future Part 2 Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, sees a sports update that the Cubs had won the World Series in a sweep of a team from Miami. Bob Gale tells The Hollywood Reporter that it was the most unbelievable sports related event they could think of, which made it work as the reason Marty purchases a sports almanac from the future.

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It's certainly true that the next time any of us watch that scene it's simply not going to resonate the way that it did the first time we saw it. Future generations won't even get the joke. The rest of us will have to explain it to them that by 1985 when the film takes place, or even 1989 when it was released, it had been decades since the Cubs had last won a championship.

It is impressive how close the prediction came to being true. The Cubs made it to the league championship series in 2015 so they were on a path to making the prediction come true nearly perfectly. Instead, they only missed it by a year, which is still fascinating. Explaining this piece of trivia to your grandkids while watching the Back to the Future trilogy with them may end up being the more interesting part of the conversation.

While science fiction tends to actually get quite a bit wrong, every once in a while they hit the nail on the head. Are you still laughing at the Back to the Future Part 2 joke? Let us know in the comments.

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