Could Ferris Bueller’s day off really have happened?
By Simon Pampena.
As much as I wanted to believe that a high school student could have so much fun in one day, the story had to add up, numerically speaking. The deadline we have is the return of Ferris’ parents at 6 p.m. So let’s get started.
Morning – Residence Bueller
In the middle of the second period of the school day, Ferris had just taken the driver’s seat of a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider. According to the Chicago public school schedule, that puts us at 9:30 am. “Che bella.” It’s time to move on to Shermer High and pick up Ferris’ girlfriend, Sloane.
9:45 a.m. – Shermer High School
The shortest route from Cameron’s house to their high school is 7.5 miles. Considering the drive was in a 30 mph (48 km / h) speed zone and their car could accelerate from 0 to 100 in 6.3 seconds, I estimate they got there in 15 minutes. They spent 2 minutes at school and then they left for the big city. This mid-morning transit takes about 45 minutes, so let’s get them to downtown Chicago at 10:30 a.m.
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