Is Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Financially Backing The Production of a Hoverboard?
A website for a company purporting to have perfected the science behind hoverboards is now making the web rounds — and, though all signs point to it being a hoax, it's still pretty cool.
According to the site, the company, called HUVr, was founded by a team of MIT physics department graduate students, and their technology works because the science behind “high-powered lithium-ion batteries” have provided them insight into “an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity.”
So, naturally, the next step for this team of obviously Back to the Future Part II-loving geniuses was to turn their discovery into hoverboards.
In an attempt to further prove the validity of said boards and the technology behind them, the company has also posted the below video featuring Tony Hawk, Moby, Schoolboy Q, Terrell Owens, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino and others — people who have no reason to lie, surely — using them. It's a pretty believable clip, minus the fact that each of the riders' shirts appear to be hooked to some sort of brace near the shoulder area. Check it out:
OK, now, here's the point of local interest: The site lists Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as an investor. Reads the quote he supposedly provided the company for promotional use: “Once in a rare while do you get the chance to be part of something this big. This is one of those times. I've never been so excited for a product I've invested in. This f**king thing is going to change the world!”
Kinda outrageous, but this definitely seems like the type of thing Cuban and his money might go for, if it were real and if our time spent watching Shark Tank has taught us anything.
Anyway, we've sent an email to Cuban for comment. He hasn't yet responded. If and when he does, we'll let you know what he has to say about this all.
Update: As expected, it was indeed a hoax. Funny or Die was behind it as the below admission from Christopher Lloyd acknowledges. Meanwhile, Cuban has yet to respond to our email. Oh well!