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February 14, 2010

School Days For Some Fun

This is a scene from the Rodney Dangerfield movie, "Back To School", in which Rodney takes his first economics class and gives the arrogant professor some real-world input to his economic theory of starting a new business:

Rodney Dangerfield's First Economics Class

PROFESSOR: First off, by looking at construction costs of our new factory.

DANGERFIELD: Uh, what's the product?

PROFESSOR: That is immaterial for the purposes of our discussion here, but if it makes you happy, let's say we're making tape-recorders.

DANGERFIELD: Tape-recorders? Are you kidding? That's (bleep) gonna kill us on the labor costs.

PROFESSOR: Okay. Fine. Then let's just say they are widgets.

DANGERFIELD: What's a widget?

PROFESSOR: It's a fictional product. It doesn't matter.

DANGERFIELD: Doesn't matter. Tell that to the bank.

SON: Easy, take it easy. It's the first day.

PROFESSOR: On the board you will see a cost analysis for the construction of a 30,000 square foot facility which will encompass both factory and office space and is fully serviced by all utilities, a railroad spur line, and a four-bay shipping dock.

DANGERFIELD: Hold it, hold it. Why build? You're better off leasing at a buck and a quarter, a buck and a half a square foot, take your down payment and put it into CDs or something else you could roll over every couple of months.

PROFESSOR: Thank you, Mr. Melon, but we'll be concentrating on finance a little later in the term. For the time being, let's just concentrate on the construction figures, shall we? You will see the final bottom line requires the factoring of not just the material and the construction costs, but also the architect's fees and the cost of land servicing.

DANGERFIELD: Oh-ho, you left out a bunch of stuff.

PROFESSOR: Oh, really? Like what, for instance?

DANGERFIELD: First of all, you're going to have to grease the local politicians for the sudden zoning problems that always come up. That is the kickback for the carpenters. And if you plan on using any cement in this building, I'm sure the teamsters like to have a little chat with you, and that will cost you. Ho, and don't forget a little something for the building inspectors. Then there's the long-term costs, such as waste disposal. I don't know if you are familiar with who runs that business, but I assure you it's not the Boy Scouts.

PROFESSOR: That will be quite enough, Mr. Melon. Maybe bribes and kickbacks and Mafia payoffs are how you do business, but they are not part of the legitimate business world, and they're certainly not part of anything I am teaching in this class. Do I make myself clear?

DANGERFIELD: Sorry, just trying to help, that's all.

PROFESSOR: Now, notwithstanding Mr. Melon's input, the next question for us is where to build our factory.

DANGERFIELD: How about Fantasyland?


This one below is my all time favorite!!! "BACK TO SCHOOL" - Sam Kinison teaches a History class ~ Wild Thing

Posted by Wild Thing at February 14, 2010 04:50 AM


I love Sam Kinnison!! Too bad he is gone, he was one of the great ones!!

I also had a high school history teacher that on occasion would break the tops off of desks with students in them!!!

Posted by: Richard at February 14, 2010 09:00 AM

Those are funny.

Posted by: BobF at February 14, 2010 09:42 AM

Two very funny clips. I've seen that movie several times and imagine myself in Rodney,s place.

Posted by: TomR at February 14, 2010 11:51 AM

That was a great movie. Rodney Dangerfield never got the credit he really earned.

Kennison was good in that. We had a 9th grade , earth Science teacher, like Kennison, we did something pissed him off. What came next was the most remarkable thing he ever did, everything else was unremarkable even his name. He looked at the class, shook his head, said, "and I went to Korea for this" He picked up all his stuff and walked out. We never saw him again. Now this was 1959, so when compared to Today, we really did nothing. I don't even remember what we did do. As far as I can remember he just left and quit. Korean PTSD, maybe.

Posted by: Mark at February 14, 2010 12:31 PM

Thanks for sharing about that Mark.

I miss Rodney and Kennison.

Thank you everyone so much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 15, 2010 03:15 AM

And now we are impaled upon almost the same sort of political and military stave that lost us Korea, Vet Nam and the Gulf War. If we do not get unconditional surrender from the enemy, which is islam, the vacuum that will be caused by us pulling out of Iraq, and Afghanistan will bite us in the rear end worst than Korea and Vet Nam and the Gulf War combined. We need to have victory over islam and then we will have peace for a while, if not, total destruction of the Western way of life in ALL its' forms, good and bad.

Posted by: Heltau at February 15, 2010 10:59 PM