From Christopher McCandless' final resting place to the site of a landmark moment in the civil rights movement
Maybe you’ve heard about Buttercup, the converted bus owned by circus-performing hippies that was briefly detained by Columbus Division of Police during the protests a couple of weeks back? (If not, catch up on the story here.)
With Alive’s feature currently working its way through the national media, including an on-air mention from Seth Meyers (it begins around the eight-minute mark), we thought we’d take the time out to rank our favorite buses not named Buttercup.
The bus from “Into the Wild”
This abandoned bus ended up serving as a final resting place for Christopher McCandless, whose journey into the wilderness was met with a tragic end.
The bus Forrest Gump waits on (but never takes)
"Forrest Gump" would have been much shorter (and potentially much more bearable) had he not waited the better part of two hours on a bus to take him to see Jenny, who lived mere blocks away from where he was seated.
Bertie the Bus
This red bus is pals with Thomas the Tank Engine, though really aren’t we all?
Cyclops from “The Big Bus”
The 1970s film centers on a massive, nuclear powered bus whose single headlight earned the beast its nickname, as well as inspiring the Wallflowers’ 1996 hit “One Headlight,” which is something I just made up.
The Partridge Family bus
Ken Kesey’s Further
This colorfully painted vehicle, rolling home to the Merry Pranksters, feels like the spiritual ancestor to Columbus' own Buttercup.
The bus in “Speed”
Arguably the best acting performance in this film, outside of Sandra Bullock.
The bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat
An undeniably courageous moment that doesn’t feel as far removed from our current social and political environment as one might hope.