Professor John McClane and what he taught me in the Die Hard Movies

Some people on the future wont be able to go to college. Not all people can be a bunch of champagne-sipping, John D. Rockefellers. Those who may not necessarily be able to pay for things like schooling or clean pants can receive their education from the School of Hard Dieing. You may not be able to cure cancer, or repair a spaceship or even read beyond Sunday school-level, but Professor John McClane, in just four movies, will teach you all we need to know to succeed in life.

Watching the Die Hard documentaries (Diecumentaries), one might think that all confidently saying “Yippee Ki Yay, Mf does is make you bulletproof-but that is, as advanced students will recognize, a gross understatement. It just happens that Professor McClane only uses the phrase when he’s about to dive face-first into a tornado of bullets and accents, but don’t let his sparing use of the ol’ YKYMF fool you; its powers are almost limitless.

Truth be told, “Yippee Ki Yay, Mf” has, without fail, helped me out in all of the following areas:

Parking tickets
Jury duty
Heart surgery
Out of toilet paper
12-page paper on postcolonial literature
Wedding vows

Go ahead and try it out. There is not one problem you could possibly face whose solution isn’t eight syllables of ass-kicking-American-cowboy awesomeness. “Yippee Ki Yay, isn’t just a tasty garnish for blowing up terrorists anymore.

Now whether you’re murdering a guy for holding your wife hostage or simply murdering that same guy’s brother for no good reason, there will undoubtedly be a zany black stereotype who just can’t wait to help you. If you’re driving around Harlem and you need directions or a light, well you’re screwed. But if you need someone to follow you around all day and help you blow up terrorists, there will be a line of eager, wacky black folks who want nothing more than to quit their jobs and help you while pointing out the subtle differences between black and white people.

Note: If you completely run out of black people, Justin Long is just as talkative and quirky, though significantly less zany.

NYPD, LAPD, it doesn’t matter. I haven’t worked out the exact science on this, but there is definitely a direct correlation between throwing Hans Gruber off a building and total immunity. Seriously, you cannot blow up enough buildings, crash enough cars or drink enough booze to ever get fired.

Lesson learned: These four movies will single-handedly tell you to join the police force. Job security baby in these tough time HOO rAH. As I understand it, we can ignore the orders of our superiors and kill whomever the hell we want every single Christmas and no one will care. Taking out maybe one or two terrorists a year evidently gives us the total freedom to wreck boats, drive cars through helicopters and generally avoid doing any actual police work.

Honestly, in Live Free or Die Hard, an on-duty John McClane just hung around Rutgers terrorizing his daughter’s boyfriend for about 20 minutes. Why was he doing that instead of protecting innocent people from deranged stalkers?.

Go ahead and take a random sample. Pick any one of the German characters who have appeared in a Die Hard film. Really, close your eyes and pick any one: I guarantee you that he (or she) is a total bastard. And, I’m not just looking at one movie: We’ve got four movies here that span about two decades. That is more than enough evidence. Ten out of 10 German guys that have gotten in McClane’s way have been total Nazi’s . It naturally follows that 10 out of 10 German people in the real world are to be mistrusted and shot on sight. Go ahead and try to argue with math, I dare you.


To my friends in Germany where I lived for 5 yrs…only Kidding LOL


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