15 Random References People Learned From Watching "Friends"
"I learned about Princess Leia and the gold bikini..."
With 10 seasons worth of material, it's safe to say there were A LOT of references made on
Friends. We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what things they randomly learned from watching Friends and here's what they shared:
"I learned what
Happy Days was from Friends. I didn’t know anything about the show until I watched Friends."
Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance:
"I literally had no idea who Michael Flatley was until I watched
Welcome Back, Kotter:
"In 'The One with the Prom Video' when the video pans to Ross and his porn ‘stache and Joey suddenly says “Lookin' good, Mr. Kotter!” I die every time but never got the reference until one day I decided to find out what it meant. And I’ve been watching it all 19 years of my life!"
Riverdale is based on Archie Comics:
"Okay, I’m going to sound like at TOTAL Gen-Zer but I found out that
Riverdale is based off of the Archie comic books from an episode of Friends! I think Chandler brings up the comic books and he says something about Jughead and I just put two and two together!"
Princess Leia in the gold bikini:
"I learned about Princess Leia with the gold bikini for the first time from Ross?????"
Ménage a trois and edible leg wax:
"Phoebe taught me what a ménage a trois is. I also learned that some leg waxes are apparently edible."
Frankie Goes to Hollywood:
"Frankie Goes to Hollywood."
"I had no idea who Underdog was until I watched
Friends! The first Thanksgiving episode has him, and I had to look it up!"
"I learned what 'going commando' meant, the day after the episode originally aired, when a boyfriend had to explain my confusion. (I was in college. Yikes!)"
“'Pivot!' My drama teacher in high school told one of my classmates to pivot when he walked, and all I could think of was when they were moving the couch. I started laughing, and eventually got in trouble for it."
Demi Moore vs. Dudley Moore:
"When Monica wants Phoebe to cut her hair like Demi Moore from
Indecent Proposal, but Phoebe gets confused and thinks she meant Dudley Moore.
"When Phoebe sings 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John she says, 'Hold me closer, Tony Danza' and now I know who he is!!"
"I learned what the Bicentennial was thanks to Monica refusing to date 'anybody born after the Bicentennial' or something. I had to look it up at the time, but now I know totally what it is!"
— MJ Cormier, Facebook
"In one episode where Joey is angry with Chandler and giving him the silent treatment, Chandler calls it Joey’s Marcel Marceau impression.
I later learned Marcel Marceau was a famous mime."
—Morgan Pulitzer, Facebook
"I thought George Stephanopoulos was a made up person that Phoebe, Monica, and Rachel had the pizza mix up with until I was watching live coverage of Trump meeting with Kim Jong-Un.... and who was covering the footage? Yep, George Stephanopoulos."
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