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What happens after the credits roll?

''Fast & Furious 6'' is the latest movie to reward patient audience members with a ''stringer'' -- an extra bit of footage that pops up after the end credits. Here's a brief history of last-minute surprises.

THE MUPPET MOVIE

1979

If you made it through the lively credits sequence, in which the Muppets discuss their own movie, you stayed too long according to Animal, who appears and yells, ''Go home! Go home! Bye-bye.''

AIRPLANE!

1980

Less than five minutes into the film, cabbie Ted Striker (Robert Hays) tells his passenger, ''I'll be back in a minute.'' Eighty-three minutes later, the poor guy is still waiting for the driver to return.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF

1986

A bewildered-looking Ferris (Matthew Broderick) breaks the fourth wall to deliver a Muppet-style message to those remaining in the theater: ''You're still here? It's over. Go home.''

FINDING NEMO

2003

The terrifyingly sharp-toothed anglerfish that tries to snack on Dory and Marlin in the movie meets a tiny green fish with the bite span — and appetite — of a killer whale. Chomp!

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

2004

Napoleon's brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell), gets his happy ending: He ties the knot with LaFawnduh (Shondrella Avery) and promises, in song, to love her (and technology) ''always and forever.''

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

2006

After supposedly dying in the film, a bed-ridden Professor X (Patrick Stewart) shocks his doctor (Olivia Williams) and us by bidding her a groggy ''hello.'' The old man is more resilient than we thought.

IRON MAN

2008

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) arrives home to find S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in his living room. ''I'm here to talk to you about the Avenger initiative,'' he says. And so it begins.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4

2012

This one introduces a forthcoming Latino spin-off, in which a shaky camera pans a religious-paraphernalia shop whose witchy owner warns, ''This is only the beginning.''

Originally posted May 22, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints