After the Scarecrow gets his diploma in The Wizard of Oz, he recites the Pythagorean theorem incorrectly.

Scarecrow (Oz)

Ray Bolger, as the Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz 1939.

In the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow was played by Ray Bolger in what is arguably the actor’s most famous role. He was originally cast as the Tin Woodsman, but Bolger had always wanted to play the Scarecrow, he was so upset about it since he wanted to switch roles with Buddy Ebsen, who was originally going to play the Scarecrow. Ebsen didn’t mind the swap, so Bolger and Ebsen swapped roles. While Ray was pleased with his role as the Scarecrow, the aluminum dust from Ebsen’s Tin Man make-up nearly choked him to death (causing Ebsen to have to give up that role). Ebsen was replaced by Jack Haley for his role of the Tin Man. Bolger’s costume consisted of a straw-stuffed … Continue Reading (11 minute read)

7 thoughts on “After the Scarecrow gets his diploma in The Wizard of Oz, he recites the Pythagorean theorem incorrectly.”

  1. paulfromatlanta

    I always thought that was intentional to show that the Wizards gifts were not real but that believing in them made them seem real.

  2. chacham2

    >The Scarecrow: The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh joy! Rapture! I got a brain! How can I ever thank you enough?
    >The Wizard of Oz: Well, you can’t.

    He makes two mistakes:

    1) He says isosceles triangle instead of a right triangle.

    2) He says square roots instead of squares.

    Perhaps that better explains the wizard’s answer.

  3. graywolf0026

    I always took this to mean, “Just because you have a diploma, doesn’t mean you know what you’re talking about.”

  4. Osprey31

    Well, now I question any ThD diploma from Universitartus Committiartum E Pluribus Unum is worth the paper it’s written on.

  5. Centuri13

    I learned about this when my math teacher said that he didn’t believe in flying monkeys because of part of the movie was false then other parts could also not be true.

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