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What Is the October 3rd Meme? October 3rd ‘Mean Girls’ Meaning Explained

Too bad it’s not on a Wednesday this year.

Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried in "Mean Girls"

It’s October 3, otherwise known as Mean Girls Day. It’s time to wear pink and stare longingly at your crush. It’s one in a long list of fan jokes that have gained extra steam in recent years thanks to the internet, like Star Wars Day (May the fourth), Mario Day (Mar. 10), and more. But why is Mean Girls Day celebrated on October 3 instead of April 30 (the film’s release date)?

Well, it all goes back to a throwaway joke from the film, about Cady’s obsessive longing after Aaron Samuels, to the point where him asking her what day it was felt, to her, like a momentous occasion.

Still, that line has become embraced as a meme, possibly due to the relatability of Cady’s crush, perhaps because it’s the only solid date given in the film. This eight-second clip of the scene, in which Cady narrates the moment in voiceover, has 2.6 million views on YouTube:

It helps that the franchise has run with the meme, with both Twitter accounts for the movie and the Broadway musical tweeting about it.

Tina Fey even attended the Broadway show on October 3, 2017, rewarding fans who knew to attend on that special day.

Fans celebrate a whole host of ways, from posting their favorite Mean Girls quotes to wearing pink (even if it’s not Wednesday), to posting video essays about what has aged well (and poorly) about Mean Girls.

Via Paramount Pictures

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Kimberly Terasaki is a contributing writer for The Mary Sue. She has been writing articles for them since 2018, going on 5 years of working with this amazing team. Her interests include Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Horror, intersectional feminism, and fanfiction; some are interests she has held for decades, while others are more recent hobbies. She liked Ahsoka Tano before it was cool, will fight you about Rey being a “Mary Sue,” and is a Kamala Khan stan.