See here for a brief introduction to the Gateau Method.

On the off chance you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last quarter-century or so, you’d better check out the Wikipedia entry on Back to the Future. Sadly, I don’t think it’s the original post from Copybot’s list, but it’ll do.

The Back to the Future trilogy is set in fictional Hill Valley, somewhere north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, California. This small town is home to Doctor Emmett Lathrop Brown and his dog Copernicus. During the 1950s, Doc Brown is Professor of Physics at Hill Valley University; his résumé includes study at UC Berkeley and MIT, and an unspecified contribution to the Manhattan Project.

In November 1955, Brown was involved in a dangerous experiment to harness lightning to power a time-travel device, incidentally stopping the clock on the tower of the Hill Valley Courthouse. Not that this would be particularly well-known to most of the world, but Brown would undoubtedly be the world’s foremost expert on temporal and interdimensional physics; despite this obscurity, however, the New American régime would keep him under pretty close watch, thanks to his experience with high-energy weapons. Not that he’d particularly mind, of course—Brown is a patriot, and happy to lend his expertise.

In the scheme of things, Brown makes a great sage-type character, but he also makes a good out-of-left-field method of dealing with the New America movement: what if the Business Plot actually failed, unlikely as that may sound? All it takes is 1.21 jigawatts of energy…