Ah, the Scooby-Doo Phenomenon: what started out as a popular 1970s Saturday-morning cartoon soon grew into a pop-culture icon of teen-mystery-solving grooviness. And it doesn’t matter that you’re all grown-up and don’t watch cartoons anymore (although if you’re lucky enough to have kids, you have an excuse to watch the episodes again). Scooby-Doo is different. It stays with you.
So, for you Scooby lovers out there (and those who try to understand them), here are the:
Top Ten Signs You’re a Scooby-Doo Fan
1. You work “ruh-roh!” “jinkies!” and “zoinks!” into as many conversations as possible.
2. When you go with your family to the store, you try to get everyone to split up and look for clues.
3. Suit of armor = lurking criminal. Stand back! Don’t worry if museum security give you funny looks; tell yourself it’s for their own good.
4. You love a world where phosphorescent paint, transparent skis, trick mirrors, and secret passageways explain everything.
5. You know that Shaggy’s the “swinging-est gymnast at school.” Like, groovy, man. You envy his ability to eat anything and everything, and still not get fat.
6. You think the Mystery Machine is the coolest vehicle – ever.
7. You’ve always wanted to rig a crook-catching trap as good as Fred’s.
8. You wish you could learn that trick where Shaggy and Scooby pedal their feet in the air without going anywhere. That would be fun at parties.
9. You know that the following will happen in each (original series) episode:
- Velma will lose her glasses and, in her blindness, mistake the monster for Shaggy or Scooby.
- Daphne will inevitably find a hole, trick slide, or booby-trap to fall through.
- Shaggy and Scooby will find a kitchen and eat bizarre food items, usually cobweb-covered.
- Scooby will be the first to see the ghost/monster, but Shaggy won’t believe him, because it will be gone by then. (But we know it will return!).
- Fred will rig a trap that rivals the most complicated Rube Goldberg creation.
- The trap will fail because Scooby stumbled into it. The crook is caught anyway.
- The bad guy, once revealed, will snarl: “And I would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for you meddling kids and your dog.”
- During the wrap-up scene, Scooby will steal and eat Shaggy’s super-duper-triple-decker burger, with lettuce, tomato, chili, and chocolate sauce (that’s why he’s so thin).
10. You own (or have owned, or want to own) at least one of the following:
Are you a fan of Scooby-Doo? What do you find appealing about it? I’d love to hear from you!
Well, gang, it looks like we have another mystery on our hands…
Until next time,