Have you made any failed cultural references recently?


#1

I just tried to reference that bit in Airplane! -

“It’s the hospital”
“The hospital? What is it?”
“It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now”

Nope, not a flicker of recognition from my colleagues.

You?


#2

not particularly recently, but I was hammered when my mate introduced me to his friend Dean. Decided to greet him with ‘Hello Dean, you are a stupidhead’. This was not sensible


#3

:smiley:

One of the few phrases I know in German: “Du bist ein dummkopf!”


#4

In many ways it was I, rather than Dean, who was the stupidhead that day


#5

I mentioned something about Reeves and Mortimer the other day. Pretty much everyone I work with under the age of 27 had no idea what I was on about.


#6

This weekend my mother in law was going through her epic meds box which she lets me periodically raid. She was looking at one box so I asked what it was to which she said ‘gabapentin’. Quizzically I replied ‘yellow bentines’?

No-one laughed. Though on the inside I was pissing myself.


#7

often use Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty and sometimes even simpsons(!) references that get blank stares.

Recently made a Darkplace reference which was met with one person being very happy, and 3 others totally bewildered.


#8

There was an old man on The Chase the other day who looked like Marty Turtletaub. Neither my wife (who has watched the same two and a half seasons of Bojack as me) or my dad (never heard of the show) understood my amusement. I even laughed googling a picture.


#9

Girl called Aisha came in for a job interview.

Two mid twenty year olds in the office were oblivious as I did a decent stab at the intro.


#10

Were they CONFUSEDDDDD?


#11

Was training a new guy recently and used an example customer that I’d called hyacinth bucket (our training system is already well-stocked with bart simpsons, david beckhams, dolly partons etc)

New guy in his early 20s had no idea who that was or indeed how to pronounce hyacinth


#12

Who?


#13

To describe what the Manchester City away kit looked like I used this very obscure 90s video game reference (Nerf Arena Blast)

Nerf Arena Blast:

Man City kit


#14

I said “I guess I picked the wrong day to give up glue” earlier this afternoon.

Yeah…

Lead balloon.


#15

:open_mouth:

I used this exact phrase! In front of the assistant registrar no less! She laughed though!

Although I dont think she necessarily got the reference.


#16

See, I can understand people not getting references to Bojack Horseman or some other Netflix show. But everyone must have watched Airplane, right?


#17

A new Leon opened next to our office recently. There was discussion about how they’re everywhere now, in London at least, so I said ‘Leon’s getting larger!’ Nothing. I didn’t really do the voice, but still, these weren’t young people.


#18

Is that because Reeves and Mortimer haven’t been funny for about ten years?


#19

A couple of times when suggesting plans/ideas I’ve suggested that “Nothing can possib-lie go wrong”, as it’s one of my favourite ever throwaway Simpsons gags. About 50% hit rate with that.


#20

At work someone referred to someone as being ‘half man, half bear’. I added ‘half pig’ and got blank looks all round. Had to explain myself and it turns out the 4 others in the conversation (all mid-late 20s) have never watched a moment of South Park