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Q: Mystery Meat and a Blue Vegetable ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Mystery Meat and a Blue Vegetable
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: aaronpb-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 02 Nov 2002 18:55 PST
Expires: 02 Dec 2002 18:55 PST
Question ID: 96972
I'm trying to discover where a particular quote comes from.  My
brother states it is either a movie or a TV show episode wherein
school-age kids are discussing the lunch being served in the
cafeteria.  They describe it as some kind of "mystery meat" and a
"blue vegetable" (though not necessarily in that order).
Subject: Re: Mystery Meat and a Blue Vegetable
Answered By: luciaphile-ga on 18 Nov 2002 13:12 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi aaronpb-ga,

Thanks for your question. I received an email from the Google Answers
team indicating that my comment below is indeed the answer to your

I'm pleased to have found the correct identification for you.

"Better Off Dead" directed by Savage Steve Holland in 1985is probably
the quintessential 80s film (and it's one of my personal favorites).
The movie starred John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers and Kim Darby.

IMDB: Better Off Dead

There are several scenes set in the school cafeteria (including the
one where Cusack decides to approach the rollerskating girl who dates
the entire basketball team--at the same time), but the one that sticks
out in my mind (and specifically involves blue food)takes place in
John Cusack character's home, where his culinarily-challenged mother
serves boiled and blue bacon to David Ogden Stiers.

Some links about the movie:
Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead

Search strategy:
Google search:
"better off dead"
"better off dead" blue

If you need additional information, please ask for clarification and
I'll be happy to assist you.

aaronpb-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
Thank you so much for answering this question.  I asked it on behalf
of my brother, who has been looking for the source of this quote for
years.  I am so impressed and very appreciative that you answered our

Subject: Re: Mystery Meat and a Blue Vegetable
From: findstuff-ga on 02 Nov 2002 21:07 PST
Well... This is from Meatballs 
"Attention. Here's an update on tonight's dinner. It was veal. I
repeat, veal. The winner of tonight's MYSTERY MEAT contest is Jeffrey
Corbin who guessed "some kind of beef."

I looked for awhile and couldn't find anything about blue vegetables..
Subject: Re: Mystery Meat and a Blue Vegetable
From: font9a-ga on 03 Nov 2002 12:16 PST
Yes. I remember this from Meatballs, The Movie.
Subject: Re: Mystery Meat and a Blue Vegetable
From: arcadesdude-ga on 05 Nov 2002 12:05 PST
Might it have been from a 80's/90's Nickelodeon show called "Salute
Your Shorts"?
I remember many episodes mentioning mystery meat in a "cafeteria" (a
camp pavillion for serving lunches).

Mention of the "Mystery Meat"

If you know the decade or year when this show/movie came out it could
help in locating it.
Subject: Re: Mystery Meat and a Blue Vegetable
From: luciaphile-ga on 06 Nov 2002 09:35 PST
It's not from "Better Off Dead" is it?

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