I was watching Phineas and Ferb S02. In the episode "Phineas and Ferb Busters" , I was surprised to find a dialogue.

At the Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc., Heinz Doofenshmirtz gets a package in a mail. Norm receives it and says,

You will be delighted if you get a package in 6-8 weeks!

I was startled after hearing the words 6-8 weeks because it is Stack Exchange's infamous meme originated by Jeff Atwood. But its earliest reference was from Muppet Babies. Crazy Frog also has a reference of 6-8 weeks.

Now, I am interested to know from where the animators got the idea of using it because the season 2 was from 2010 which is after the starting of Stack Overflow and it became famous by then. Is it a coincidence that they might have been used Jeff's words?

From where did the animators get the idea to refer 6-8 weeks? Is there any word from the animators?

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    You will get your answer in 6-8 weeks... :P Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 7:45
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    I love how this question now has between 6-8 upvotes.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 10:58
  • Similar question on the mother meta meta.stackexchange.com/questions/190736/…
    – JMac
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 12:11
  • @JMac Yes, I left a comment on Shadow's question on the day I posted this question. :)
    – Nog Shine
    Commented Apr 5, 2018 at 17:44
  • I don't see the link between Atwood's comments about telling people it would be 6-8 weeks, and Norm's expression at being delighted at getting a package in 6-8 weeks.
    – Michael
    Commented Jul 25, 2023 at 16:39

1 Answer 1


Before the days of Amazon, when items were advertised for sale on the TV with a "call now! Our operators are standing by" number or on the back of a cereal box, typical shipping was 6-8 weeks.

  • genius.com/Smash-mouth-walkin-on-the-sun-lyrics
    – rosends
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 13:29
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    This doesn't really answer the question. Please expand to say why you think this is an inspiration to the animators/writers, and provide evidence if you can.
    – Tim
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 21:10
  • 8 upvotes stand to differ. Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 21:21
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    Upvotes do not confer veracity. The questions asks for comments from the shows creators...this is not that....it's just a guess.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 21:27

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