3 obscure cultural references explained

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Gilmore Girls ran for seven seasons from 2000 to 2007. The series was unique in many ways. Its witty quips and thousands of cultural references really set it apart from other shows of its time. However, not all of these references were current. Some of the cultural references were so obscure that even the actors had no idea what they were talking about. We found three cultural references that we believe need to be explained.

Jason Stiles Referenced The New Skete Monks, And They’re Real

In Season 4, Lorelai Gilmore began dating Jason Stiles, her father’s business partner. During one of their first dates, Jason brings Lorelai back to his apartment, where he lives with his dog. When Lorelai first meets the dog, Jason explains that he’s been incredibly well-behaved because the monks of New Skete trained him.

It’s entirely possible that Cyrus was trained by the monks of New Skete, a religious order in upstate New York known for its dog training and breeding program. The New Skete Monks are well known for their work with German Shepherds in particular, although Cyrus appeared to be a Beagle. The order has written several books on dog training. The New Skete Nuns are also famous, although they are best known for their baked goods.

Lorelai Gilmore Referenced an Obscure Dress Pattern Company in ‘Gilmore Girls’ Season 5

In season 5 of Gilmore girls, Jackson Belleville inadvertently becomes the town’s elector. Jackson, however, struggles to transition from full-time farmer to politician. He melts on his porch when someone drops off a pair of giant scissors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Lorelai, trying to shed some light on the situation, tells Jackson, “Yeah, those people at Butterick Patterns are playing pretty rough.”

Michael Winters as Taylor Doose in a scene from ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Said Adyani/Netflix

Butterick Patterns might seem like a pretty obscure reference, and it’s for anyone who isn’t into sewing. The crafty, however, will recognize the brand name. Butterick Patterns is the oldest pattern company in the world. It was founded in the 1800s and operated as an independent entity until a larger publishing house absorbed it in 2001. Sewing and craft stores still sell the patterns.

Lorelai’s Joke About Powering Her Jeep With Dilithium Crystals Is A ‘Star Trek’ Reference

During Mia’s visit to Stars Hollow in season 2 of Gilmore girls, she reveals that Luke Danes was a Star Trek fan. In fact, Lorelai teases him for being a “Trekkie” during the episode, indicating that she wasn’t a fan of the cult classic. A few seasons later, however, Lorelai would create her own star trek reference. In season 6 of the series, Lorelai tells Luke that she could do anything and return to Paul Anka if dilithium crystals were powering her Jeep.

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Dilithium crystals are referenced in star trek as a fuel source. Dilithium is a molecule in the real world, but dilithium crystals are a fictional mineral invented for show. According to Fandom, dilithium crystals are used in the engine of ships in star trek and are mined on planets where they occur naturally. The crystals are pink in star trek.

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