I've mentioned before how we have a continual loop of documentaries on at the Pod and how we're getting a little tired of learning about trains and surfing and animals that eat other animals. So I brought in a few movies to change things up a bit. I walked in with a stack this morning and had the following conversation with some of the girls in the office:
Me: I brought in some new movies! Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride...
L: What's that?
Me: The Princess Bride?
L: Yeah, I've never heard of it.
M: Me neither
S: Me neither
Me: (reeling, a bit) Is this a joke?
L: No. I only have sons so I don't watch a lot of girl movies.
S: Me too.
Me: This isn't just some girl movie. It's an 80s classic. It's like saying you've never heard of the Breakfast Club.
M: I've seen that.
Me: But you haven't seen the Princess Bride? Wesley? Buttercup? The Six-Fingered Man?
All of Them: No.
This seems, well, inconceivable to me (a reference, by the way, that no one in my office would get!) It's not like I go around quoting the Princess Bride all the time, but I always just assume that when I say, "Have fun storming the castle!" or, "Wove. Twue wove," or, "Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line," people are going to know what I'm talking about. And it's not like I can blame it on their youth because both L & S are roughly my age. Is the Princess Bride as obscure as they made it seem? Have I just been living in a bubble my whole life believing that everyone knows it? Please tell me I'm not the only one shocked by this.