Ferris Bueller tends to enter many teens’ (and adults’) minds when they happen to be trapped inside work or school on a beautiful day.
And according to researchers at Baseball Prospectus, whose in-depth investigation in 2011 pinpointed the exact date Ferris (Matthew Broderick), Cameron (Alan Ruck) and Sloane (Mia Sara) skipped high school in the classic John Hughes-directed film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," June 5 marks the calendar spot.
In the movie our hero's ditch day was filled with a trip to Chicago's Sears Tower, a parade and a Cubs vs. Giants baseball game. After analyzing the game, which was determined to have been real, Baseball Prospectus found the very day filming took place to be June 5, 1985 — exactly 30 years ago Friday.
While the movie itself won't celebrate 30 years until 2016 (it was originally released June 11, 1986), the anniversary of the movie's seminal game is enough reason to take a little time out. Or at least watch "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" one more time.
And 30 years on, Ferris' famous quote seems more apt than ever: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."