Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Mr. Ratburn: Don't expect all homework to be this much fun. Binky: (astonished) Fun?! Who has time for fun?! My prize catch is still out there!
Muffy: Just what you'd expect from a class full of drones.
In To Beat or Not To Beat, a fantasy has Mr. Ratburn asking the Brain, "If a train carrying 1,873 scoops of ice cream leaves Chicago at 7 AM and the freezer stops working, how fast would it have to travel to reach New York before half the ice cream melts, factoring in a melting rate of 6 scoops per minute?" The answer is 5 miles per minute, or 300 miles per hour.
The events of "Binky Barnes, Wingman" are the inspiration for the song "Fly, Butterfly, Fly" on the "Arthur Really Rockin' Music Mix" album. Francine's "you can fly" singing is also included, as part of the "Believe in Yourself" remix of the Arthur main title theme.
The butterfly Binky tries to catch is an Apataurus Blue butterfly.
When Binky looks up at his butterflies in his tent as he says "I worked really hard on this!" you can see that there is a moth among the butterflies (the same blue-and-brown moth George pointed out when Binky asked if he's seen the large blue butterfly.) If Binky was doing a report on butterflies, he should not have caught a moth in the process, as moths do have several differences from butterflies (they are typically nocturnal, have feather-like antennas, plumper bodies and rest with the wings spread out.)
The children of Mr. Ratburn's class chose the following bugs for their projects:
Sue Ellen: Praying Mantises
The story title "To Beat or Not to Beat" is a reference to the phrase "To be or not to be," the opening of a famous siloloquy from playwright William Shakespeare's Hamlet.