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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:

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:

E.Z. Marks

The letter reads:

Professor Cumulus Isobar
Rainmaker and Purveyor of Medicines and Elixirs
c/o Big Thunder Mining Co.

Dear Professor:

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 convenience.

Faithfully yours,

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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