History Headscratchers / FerrisBuellersDayOff

23rd Jun '17 1:32:34 AM Uyyy
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** The internet as it currently exists wasn't around in the eighties, but to say it didn't exist at all kind of shows your youth. Hacking as a "thing" began in the eighties, and universities and schools were some of the few places that actually probably would have had a modem. The school's computers likely had an external modem that they would have connected to a central ISD system to access and back up records to over the phone line. This actually would have made it even easier for Ferris to hack it... he would have really only needed some information likely written on the side of the modem itself to get in. And there would have been [=BBSes=] that would have told him how to do it.

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** The internet as it currently exists wasn't around in the eighties, but to say it didn't exist at all kind of shows your youth. Hacking as a "thing" began in the eighties, and universities and schools were some of the few places that actually probably would have had a modem. The school's computers likely had an external modem that they would have connected to a central ISD system to access and back up records to over the phone line. This actually would have made it even easier for Ferris to hack it... he would have really only needed some information likely written on the side of the modem itself to get in. And there would have been [=BBSes=] that would have told him how to do it.it.
* The phone call scene...Rooney never considered that Ferris might have an accomplice?
11th Jun '17 12:37:53 AM Piterpicher
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** Ruck was thin and gawky enough to pull it off. If one didn't know his age beforehand, they would surely have been convinced. Lest we forget, RachelMcAdams pulled off looking like a teenager in her mid-to-late twenties... and that's just one example.

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** Ruck was thin and gawky enough to pull it off. If one didn't know his age beforehand, they would surely have been convinced. Lest we forget, RachelMcAdams Creator/RachelMcAdams pulled off looking like a teenager in her mid-to-late twenties... and that's just one example.
25th May '17 4:11:45 PM costanton11
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*** They may have assumed that Cameron was from out of town and paid him no mind.
8th May '17 6:34:46 PM RaiderDuck
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**** This reaches its nadir when Rooney somehow thinks he can tell Ferris' parents ''"Ferris wasn't really sick! I know because I broke into your home today and he wasn't there!"'' and have it end well.



* Aside from RuleOfFunny,why does Ferris wait until nine days of skipping school to hack into the computer to change the number of days he was absent?

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*** Actively gloating about the prospect of ruining Ferris' life makes his character a lot darker than the movie would initially indicate. It also speaks to Rooney's tenuous grasp on reality. What exactly is he going to do? If Ferris has completed enough work in his classes to actually pass them, the only thing Rooney could do is expel Ferris for hacking the computer, assuming he could even prove it. Even then, Ferris could take his final term's worth of classes at a local community college during the summer, get his GED or high school diploma from there, then still be right on track to begin at whatever university he's attending in the fall.
* Aside from RuleOfFunny,why RuleOfFunny, why does Ferris wait until nine days of skipping school to hack into the computer to change the number of days he was absent?



**** They do, for the most part. Two years ago, I took my first trip to New York. I was worried about wearing my Philadelphia Flyers jersey, but was told by people in the know that I'd only need to be concerned if the Flyers and Rangers were in a playoff series or something. I wore that jersey all over Times Square and Hell's Kitchen: nobody cared, except for one or two ''"Flyers! Woooo!"'' comments that may or may not have been sarcastic.



** The internet as it currently exists wasn't around in the eighties, but to say it didn't exist at all kind of shows your youth. Hacking as a "thing" began in the eighties, and universities and schools were some of the few places that actually probably would have had a modem. The school's computers likely had an external modem that they would have connected to a central ISD system to access and back up records to over the phone line. This actually would have made it even easier for Ferris to hack it... he would have really only needed some information likely written on the side of the modem itself to get in. And there would have been BBSes that would have told him how to do it.

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** The internet as it currently exists wasn't around in the eighties, but to say it didn't exist at all kind of shows your youth. Hacking as a "thing" began in the eighties, and universities and schools were some of the few places that actually probably would have had a modem. The school's computers likely had an external modem that they would have connected to a central ISD system to access and back up records to over the phone line. This actually would have made it even easier for Ferris to hack it... he would have really only needed some information likely written on the side of the modem itself to get in. And there would have been BBSes [=BBSes=] that would have told him how to do it.
15th Apr '17 1:21:58 PM AbnormalMoose
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* How could Ferris use his computer to remotely access and alter his attendance records when the internet doesn't exist yet, and wouldn't a school in the 1980's keep its records on paper?

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* How could Ferris use his computer to remotely access and alter his attendance records when the internet doesn't exist yet, and wouldn't a school in the 1980's keep its records on paper?paper?
** The internet as it currently exists wasn't around in the eighties, but to say it didn't exist at all kind of shows your youth. Hacking as a "thing" began in the eighties, and universities and schools were some of the few places that actually probably would have had a modem. The school's computers likely had an external modem that they would have connected to a central ISD system to access and back up records to over the phone line. This actually would have made it even easier for Ferris to hack it... he would have really only needed some information likely written on the side of the modem itself to get in. And there would have been BBSes that would have told him how to do it.
6th Apr '17 11:19:21 AM ZShogan
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** Absolutely. I looked up Alan Ruck on IMDB after watching the film for the first time in over ten years not long ago. My initial reaction to his year of birth was "This ''has'' to be a typo."

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** Absolutely. I looked up Alan Ruck on IMDB after watching the film for the first time in over ten years not long ago. My initial reaction to his year of birth was "This ''has'' to be a typo.""
* How could Ferris use his computer to remotely access and alter his attendance records when the internet doesn't exist yet, and wouldn't a school in the 1980's keep its records on paper?
27th Mar '17 7:57:03 AM DynamiteXI
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** It's a part of Cameron's backstory. [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/why-cameron-wore-a-red-wings-jersey-for-almost-the-entirety-of-ferris-bueller-s-day-off-a7087126.html Alan Ruck said]] in an interview that Hughes had told him that, despite Cameron's bad relationship with his father, he has a stellar relationship with his grandfather, who lives in Detroit and takes him to Red Wings games. [[FridgeBrilliance So he wears it as a form of rebellion.]]
18th Feb '17 11:14:01 AM piraml
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** It's plausible that Ferris' obviously caring, but clueless and, besides, corporately workaholic parents aren't aware of Sloane. Based on Grace the secretary's comments, she may be his GirlOfTheWeek rather than a long-term, serious relationship. Knowing Ferris, this isn't even inconsistent with his willingness to marry her on a whim.
30th Aug '16 4:28:41 PM costanton11
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** The Braves-Cubs game they go to happened June 5, 1985 (which was a Wednsday), which would have been about two weeks from graduation, so it's not like he'd be going to there for much longer.

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** The Braves-Cubs game they go to happened June 5, 1985 (which was a Wednsday), Wednesday), which would have been about two weeks from graduation, so it's not like he'd be going to there for much longer.



** Ferris checked the reservation book, and he had to make sure it was someone for a party of three. Abe Frohman had a resveration for three people next to his name - and Abe was with Ferris' father outside the restaurant; we hear Mr Bueller say "Abe" as they get into the taxi.

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** Ferris checked the reservation book, and he had to make sure it was someone for a party of three. Abe Frohman had a resveration reservation for three people next to his name - and Abe was with Ferris' father outside the restaurant; we hear Mr Bueller say "Abe" as they get into the taxi.



*** Uh, Ferris didn't start the parade, it was already in progress. In fact, it wasn't even scripted. There just happened to be a parage going on during filming.

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*** Uh, Ferris didn't start the parade, it was already in progress. In fact, it wasn't even scripted. There just happened to be a parage parade going on during filming.
30th Jun '16 9:31:46 AM costanton11
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*** Well, here I was thinking that sports fans could show basic human decency.
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