It was funny the first time around and the second and third as well, but now it is just an old joke that won’t go away. What I’m talking about is how those who write about or talk about hydrogen cars will eventually ask where the “flux capacitor” is on the vehicle.
Now, this joke is understandable since hydrogen vehicles are the cars of the future and the flux capacitor is a fictional component in the movie “Back to the Future.”
But, the comparison stops there as the flux capacitor helps the De Lorean with time travel and hydrogen cars are powered by fuel cells, internal combustion engines (ICE) or hydrogen-on-demand systems.
Telling a flux capacitor joke to those familiar with hydrogen cars is like going to San Francisco and telling a Rice-A-Roni joke to a local resident or telling a joke to a person about their first or last name. They’ve heard it before, many times, and now it’s old hat.
I don’t usually get on rants like this and sounding like a wet blanket is not what I’m going for, so if you absolutely and positively cannot resist telling that flux capacitor joke the next time your discussing hydrogen cars, then by all means do it.
Just remember that the listener may not have the capacity to listen to the flux capacitor joke and may quickly turn the discussion to how many jigawatts (or jigglewatts) the newest hydrogen car generates.