Fun Find Friday
October 16, 2015
Location: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom
Recently I've spent a lot of time researching my
next book, A Closer Look: At the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland,
and in the process I've realized that not only is Big Thunder
Mountain Railroad the king of puns, but it has some amazing back
stories set up for the obscure characters found on the attraction.
Today we are going to be taking a look at Professor Cumulus Isobar:
While most people overlook the professional
rainmaker as their runaway train whizzes by, there is more to him
than meets the eye. While most who do notice the professor bailing
water out of his stationary wagon feel sorry for him, those who are
aware of his backstory will not show him much sympathy. So what's
his backstory? To figure that out, we need to head to the extended
queue where we find a letter from Eberhardt Z. Marks:
The letter reads:
Professor Cumulus Isobar
Rainmaker and Purveyor of Medicines and Elixirs
c/o Big Thunder Mining Co.
I am writing you in regard to the elixir you
sold me during your curiously brief stay in our humble little
township, and had to resort to a local fortune teller to divine your
present whereabouts. I regret to inform you that the "miracle cure"
you prescribed for me is nothing of the sort and my bunions have
returned with a vengeance. The situation has grown so dire, in fact,
that my children, Patsy and Rube, must now cart me up and down the
parlor stairs in a most precarious contraption of their own
devising. I still have ever faith in your declared abilities and
trust that you will send along an alternate cure at your earliest
P.S. - the entire Marks clan is planning a trip
back east in order to see the bridge you so graciously sold me!
So while Cumulus has come across some misfortunes
here in Tumbleweed, it appears it is something that is a long time
coming. After all, when you put Eberhardt's initials together, the
spell E.Z. Marks (Easy Marks). In addition to that, Mr. Marks'
address is 1313 Gullible Way. When you put all these things
together, it's pretty obvious who Professor Isobar usually preys
upon. So next time you are passing by Professor Cumulus Isobar, show
him no pity. This is something that has been a long time coming!
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