CPB and the Ferris Club theory redux. September 7, 2010 5:11 PM   Subscribe

Cool Papa Bell gets another (uncredited) shout-out.

This time it is courtesy of the After Hours folks at Cracked. It literally appears in the final seconds of this clip.
posted by joe lisboa to MetaFilter-Related at 5:11 PM (24 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Uncredited shout-out: oxymoron, I know.
posted by joe lisboa at 5:16 PM on September 7, 2010


I can not believe i watched the whole thing. But yeah, that was totally CPB's theory.
posted by Splunge at 5:55 PM on September 7, 2010


Didn't watch the clip, but I'm assuming it's the Ferris Fight Club thing. Question: didn't CPB readily admit in his original comment that he wasn't the one who came up with the theory, that he'd read it somewhere else?

I could be wrong. I almost always am.
posted by item at 5:59 PM on September 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nope. I'm right.

For once.
posted by item at 6:01 PM on September 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


I stand corrected, then. Just bristled a bit when what I took to be his original contribution to pop culture was so summarily introduced and dismissed without reference. That, and I was proud of him.
posted by joe lisboa at 6:08 PM on September 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


That's the dumbest thread I've heard tonight. Of course she's wearing a lace teddy, wouldn't anyone wear a lace teddy for Ferris Bueller?!
posted by nomadicink at 6:21 PM on September 7, 2010


That's the dumbest thread I've heard tonight.

Er, this thread? Otherwise I have no idea what you are talking about.
posted by joe lisboa at 6:31 PM on September 7, 2010


The thread item linked to.
posted by ericost at 6:41 PM on September 7, 2010


I like the idea for sequel to Ferris Bueller, via Wikipedia. The actor who played Cameron is speaking:
"I used to think why don't they wait until Matthew and I are in our seventies and do Ferris Bueller Returns and have Cameron be in a nursing home. He doesn't really need to be there, but he just decided his life is over, so he commited himself to a nursing home. And Ferris comes and breaks him out. And they go to, like, a titty bar and all this ridiculous stuff happens. And then, at the end of the movie, Cameron dies."
posted by nomadicink at 6:47 PM on September 7, 2010 [18 favorites]


Not a lot of people know this but, Cool Papa Bell is really John Hughes.
posted by nola at 7:44 PM on September 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


Are you They faked John Hughes' death?!
posted by skynxnex at 7:53 PM on September 7, 2010


Er, "Are you [saying] ...".
posted by skynxnex at 7:53 PM on September 7, 2010


"5 Classic Movie High Schools That Would Suck to Attend." What?? I think something is missing there.
posted by Bromius at 7:54 PM on September 7, 2010


Loved the video, as well as the one from ClassyHands.com. The Cracked guys have really good comic timing. It's hip to hate on Cracked, but I think they have some really talented writers. I'd love to talk to their editor(s) sometime.

I love how this went viral. My little 15 minutes of Internet fame. But yeah, I can't claim it as a true original. Still don't know where I first heard it. The analogy I keep coming back to is that I knew Rosebud was a sled years before ever seeing Citizen Kane, but I won't ever know HOW I knew that. Just picked it up from somewhere in the ether, I guess.

I'm not John Hughes. I'm just Columbus to someone else's Lief Ericsson. Flava Flav to their Chuck D.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:36 PM on September 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Now I'm curious, Cool Papa Bell. Did you come up with the 10 Percent / 100 Percent Rule yourself? I love that one.
posted by CautionToTheWind at 3:19 AM on September 8, 2010


Cool Papa Bell: "I knew Rosebud was a sled years before ever seeing Citizen Kane,"

Aw come on.... SPOILER ALERTS, PEOPLE!

Next someone is gonna ruin the Bible for me or something....geez.
posted by Grither at 3:58 AM on September 8, 2010


The Whore of Babylon did it.
posted by Sallyfur at 4:08 AM on September 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


He dies, but comes back in the end. Then he leaves, and there's supposed to be a sequel where he comes back a second time, but no one's sure when or even if that one's coming out.
posted by Aizkolari at 4:59 AM on September 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


They released the sequel a while ago, but it was pretty lame, like Back to the Future III or Fievel Goes West. One of those 'guy goes running around with Native Americans' things where the story has nothing at all to do with the original, seems like someone just pulled it out of a hat.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:22 AM on September 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


I knew Rosebud was a sled years before ever seeing Citizen Kane, but I won't ever know HOW I knew that.

Personally, I learned it from Peanuts, in a strip where Lucy spoils it for Linus. But then it was driven home later on by an episode of The Real Ghostbusters.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:30 AM on September 8, 2010


I knew Rosebud was a sled years before ever seeing Citizen Kane, but I won't ever know HOW I knew that.

Personally, I learned it from Peanuts, in a strip where Lucy spoils it for Linus. But then it was driven home later on by an episode of The Real Ghostbusters.


We really need a word for bits of knowledge that we gain from the culture at large without being able (in most cases) to pinpoint the source: things like Soylent Green being people and the lyrics to "Hey Jude" and how all TV except the last five minutes of "St. Elsewhere" is a figment of an autistic child's imagination. Something German, perhaps. I propose Osmotischenwissen.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:40 AM on September 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Here's that episode just because I'm enormously happy to find I'm not making that memory up.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:52 AM on September 8, 2010


The 10 Percent / 100 Percent Rule is mine-all-mine, and unlike Ferris, I can pinpoint the exact debacle of a relationship that spawned that one.

I bet she still has my furniture, too.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:42 AM on September 8, 2010


The actor who played Cameron

Alan Ruck? He's been in some all right stuff since then. I'm quite liking Person Unknown at the moment on the tubes and I recall Spin City was quite good for what it was.
posted by Sparx at 3:45 PM on September 9, 2010


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