The Dude: A Fun Alternative to Hello Dolly


This isn’t just a plugin, man. It’s The Dude, so that’s what you call it. That, or His Dudeness… Duder… or El Duderino, if, you know, you’re not into the whole brevity thing.

It symbolizes the realization of an entire modern lazy hippie bowling amateur private investigator generation summed up in two words spoken most famously by Jeff Bridges.

The Dude was created by WordPress developer Kostas Vrouvas, who seemed to have a bit of free time on his hands. It takes inspiration (and some code) from Matt Mullenweg’s Hello Dolly plugin, replacing the musical’s lyrics at the top of admin screens with quotes from The Big Lebowski.

We tested the plugin and found that it works flawlessly. The royal “we”. You know, the editorial…

Some of the random Lebowski quotes so far include:

  • Walter, he peed on my rug!
  • And, you know, he’s got emotional problems, man.
  • Well, that’s like, your opinion, man.
  • Also, my rug was stolen.
  • You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude.
  • Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.
  • Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man.
  • Hey, careful, man, there’s a beverage here!

Amusing, yes? So if you prefer Creedence to Louis Armstrong, then you may want to mix yourself a white russian and activate The Dude on your WordPress blog.

It really ties the site together.


20 responses to “The Dude: A Fun Alternative to Hello Dolly”

  1. I did much the same with quotes from the Princess Bride which I replaced in ‘Hello Dolly’s’ code. I’ve deployed it on my site to entertain myself… A random ‘As you Wish’ and a ‘Have you ever considered piracy?’ in the admin screen always brings a smile to my face!! (it can be found on github if anyone else wants it)

  2. This plugin is just hilarious!

    @Brad: Just after I discovered this post, I decided to make a “Yoda quotes” fork. But that I decided to make something more generic. So I quickly coded plugin that enables you to use your favorite lyrics/quotes. All it needs is a text file with the quotes. You can even have different lyrics/quotes per user. I just submitted it, so it will probably not be available befor tomorrow, but you can check it out on github already:


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