It’s always fascinating when you finally catch on to a new joke or reference that you previously missed, but I find it even more entertaining to find such references in shows or books you’ve been aware of for years. Case in point: I’m embarrassed to say how long it took me to catch that Ginger Grant, the “Mooovieee Staaar” of Gilligan’s Island fame, was based heavily on Marilyn Monroe. Without giving too much away, it was in the 20th Century, but the decade in which I realized it was NOT the same as the one in which I became aware of the show. In my defense, I was always a Maryann man myself, and it at least took me less than 30 years to figure it all out. On the other hand, I found great pride in the moment when my then five-year-old child informed me that the Hooded Claw from Penelope Pitstop was the voice of Templeton, recognizing as she did the distinctive vocalizations of Paul Lynde.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) advises you to sit right back and hear a tale, a tale of “late to the party”, asking: What’s the most stunning after-the-fact pop cultural revelation you’ve ever had?