It happened while I perusing Twitter during the early morning hours of, well, October 3rd.
It started with a high school athlete who follows me and she had posted to all her followers something about “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.”
A few posts later somebody had retweeted E! Online, making a meme of a good-looking guy who looked familiar to me (some actor, I figured) with the words, “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.”
I knew it was October 3rd as I was reading all this, but what I didn’t understand was where it was all coming from.
I’m hip enough to know that April 20th is a special day because it’s, well, 4-20. So take a toke, take a bong hit, pass the pipe and don’t bogart that joint my friends because at 4:20 p.m. on April 20 I know what many of you are/were doing.
But as to why somebody would ask somebody what day it was on October 3rd? I admit I was coming up lost.
Then I really got baffled.
Two members of the Chicago Black Hawks NHL team posted a video.
In the first scene, back-up goaltender Scott Darling stares into the camera and says, “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.”
Then the scene cuts to defenseman David Rundbland asking Darling what day it was and Darling replies, “It’s October 3rd.”
You can click here to see that little gem.
Now I realized I just wasn’t getting the joke.
High school students all have their inside jokes that fly over my head, just like I have my old timer moments when I leave them clueless (I still can’t believe Missy Noble doesn’t know who Mary Lou Retton is!)
But when E! Online is posting something — not to mention the Chicago Blackhawks — this should be in my wheelhouse.
I’m a pulp culture connoisseur, eating it up like it’s chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
What was I missing?
I turned to my trusted friend, Mr. Google, for an answer. (I also turned to it to find the correct spelling of connoisseur, but I digress).
I typed in, “On October 3rd, he asked me what it day was.”
Voila. My answer.
Lindsay Lohan in a voice over from the movie “Mean Girls.” She’s talking about a boy she’s crushing on and on October 3rd, he asked her what day it was.
Now, I’ve seen “Mean Girls.” More than once. I’m a fan of Lindsay Lohan — who despite her youthful transgressions of poor choices and alcohol and drugged-fueled arrests — is a damn fine actress, and if you don’t believe me just check out “A Prairie Home Companion” where she stands toe to toe with Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin.
Having found my answer to what the hell all of the commotion was about October 3rd, my next question became, “When did this become a thing?”
Mean Girls came out in 2004; thus it’s been 11 years since Lohan’s character, Cady Heron, uttered those words.
Having I been sleeping through the October 3rd for the last 11 years?
Or is this new?
I fear it’s something else.
Perhaps, I’m just getting old.
But Happy October 3rd, Everybody.