Is today, 5 June, the anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s ‘actual’ Day Off?

A non dance-related post today, but still one I’m sure you’ll find interesting. Plus it gives me an excuse to post Sigue Sigue Sputnik on the blog.

There’s been a lot of speculation as to the exact day that Ferris Bueller, the titular star of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, plays hooky, but one eager sports fan has pinpointed June 5th, 1985 as the afternoon in question.

Following exhaustive analysis of baseball scores from around the 1985-86 period, (the movie was released in July 1986), Larry Granillo noticed that during their epic day-long adventure – Ferris and friends Cameron and Sloane show up at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs.

Based on the limited baseball coverage we see in the movie, Granillo determined that the footage must have been shot during an actual Cubs match, against the Atlanta Braves, which started at 1.25pm that day.

Things start to get a little bit complicated, timeline wise, given the often lengthy time a baseball match takes to complete.

As Granillo writes, “The eleven-inning game took 3:09 to complete, which means that the foul ball Ferris catches had to have been sometime after 4:00pm. That leaves, at the most, one hour and forty-five minutes for their trips to the museum, Sears Tower, the lake, and Sloane’s house, while squeezing in two musical numbers during the parade before racing home at 5:55pm. Seems a bit tough to squeeze all of that in for most normal people.

“But, seeing as Ferris has the magical ability to sound exactly like both a young Wayne Newton and a young John Lennon, I’m willing to believe he could make the schedule work.”

So is it possible? After all, as Ferris himself says elsewhere in the movie, “Life moves pretty fast…”

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