Thursday, September 18, 2008

Follow That Blog Cab


See that widget over there to your right at the top of my sidebar? It's a new Blogger feature. Won't you please click on the link "follow this blog" and declare yourself one of my disciples followers? I'll gladly return the favor.
Hey, come on, babe
Follow me
I'm the Pied Piper
Follow me
I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at
Come on, babe
Can't you see
I'm the Pied Piper
Trust in me
I'm the Pied Piper
And I'll show you where it's at

-(Crispian St. Peter)
I will follow Him, follow Him wherever He may go,
There isn't an ocean too deep,
A mountain so high, it can keep,
Keep me away...
-(Little Peggy March)

Follow That Car

We've all seen this scene in the movies and TV:

The villain speeds off in a car. The hero, close behind, flags down the nearest taxi, gets in and, pointing at the car, says "Follow that car!". And thus, the Chase Scene begins. (The phrase can also be "Follow that cab!")

Of course, the phrase has often become a gag:

In The Naked Gun, Frank Drebin does this, but discovers that the car he has flagged down is part of a driving lesson.

In Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Steve Martin thinks he's being followed, and decides to dash away in a taxi. There are two cabs in line. He gives a wad of cash to the first driver and tells him a destination; the driver speeds off without him. Momentarily nonplussed, he then hops into the second taxi and tells the driver to "Follow that cab!" He settles back into the seat with a smirk on his face, congratulating himself on taking both cabs so the man following him would be stranded.

Parodied in The Return of the Pink Panther: the cabbie responds to Inspector Clouseau's command by climbing out of the cab and chasing the car on foot.

In A Shot in the Dark: Clouseau instructs the police car that brought him here to go back to town. He should have remembered to get in the car first...

In Taxi, a Cowboy Cop says this to the cabdriver... who happens to be an aspiring stock car racer with a Cool Car, and has, of course, been waiting for someone to say that.

In one Daffy Duck cartoon, The Great Piggy-Bank Robbery, Daffy runs up to a cab and says, "Follow that car!" The cab zooms off by itself, and Daffy remarks to the audience, "Keeps 'em on their toes."

Parodied in Douglas Adams's unfinished book, The Salmon Of Doubt: Dirk Gently meets a cabbie who has never had anyone tell him to "follow that cab". Thus, he infers, his must be the cab that everyone else is following.

Comedian George Carlin once suggested this scheme for having fun on a day in the city; "Hail a cab. Give the driver $50 and tell him to drive to the airport and wait for you there. As soon as he pulls away, hail the very next cab. Jump in and tell the driver, 'Follow that cab, and no matter what, make sure it DOESN'T get to the airport!'"

In the final episode of season 2 of The Amazing Race, each pair had to board an airplane to a target designated by their clue card. One of the pairs lost their clue, prompting them to tell the pilot to "follow that plane!"

Follow That Blog!

- I always wanted to say that.

-The reader is a drive-by visitor and leaves.



Jack K. said...

It's about time. I have been waiting for you to hop on board.

I'm not sure how good an idea this is to follow, but for the time being it's quite unique.

I invite others to hop on board the "Magic Carpet Ride".


kenju said...

If I could see the widget, I'd do it.

I am in the process of adding blogs to follow, but it will take me a while.

Skunkfeathers said...

LOL...I haven't been in a cab since I had to keep waking up my last cab driver at every stoplight...

Jack K. said...

Skunkman, how do you manage to draw such folks to you? snerx

Hale McKay said...


I've had quite a few added "to follow" for some time - but I guess the person has to have the widget for your followers to show up?

Yeah, I liked it because of its uniqueness.

Does this promote competition to see who has the most followers?

Hale McKay said...


You couldn't see the widget or the link to click on from my sidebar?

Maybe some browsers aren't compatible with it?

Hale McKay said...


He must have been working a long day? Or were you engaged in a one-way conversation with him?

Hale McKay said...


You'd think they would drift away ....