Here we find ourselves, in an age of dating apps that keep multiplying faster than you can swipe left. Tinder psychology is the new selfie psychology (is the new Millennial psychology). But 10 years ago, when Mean Girls came out, it was a much simpler time. Cady Heron didn't have the technology of iPhone flirting to rely upon when wooing that dreamboat Aaron Samuels. The answer, though, was right in front of her all along — when Aaron Samuels asked her what day it was (it was October 3rd), he delivered the perfect, simple pick-up line that Cady should have used to make him her beau. Gretchen Weiners would agree that "What day is it?" is a totally fetch way to break the ice with someone. Five reasons why it works:
It's not creepy. So many pick-up line horror stories on Tinder and OKCupid revolve around the utter, frightful creepiness of total strangers, including the real-life message "after you post a head-to-toe pic, let’s sit down for a drink…or two, sometime soon..." Asking someone for the day of the week, though, is not a question that would immediately set off a red flag.
It's the perfect small talk. Sometimes, mundane is the best way to go for icebreakers. Man, I'm such a dunce that I can't even keep track of what day it is! Time flies. [This day of the week] is the worst/best day of the week. You have nice hair. Whoa, where did that segue come from? See, utterly suave.
"Can you believe it's only _____ ?" The one thing everyone loves to talk about more than hating the weather is hating how long you have to wait for the weekend. EVERYBODY'S working for the weekend. You could talk about wishing it were the weekend with your greatest sworn enemy. It's a common denominator. (Variation: if you use "What day is it?" as a pick-up on the weekend, there's the ever reliable, "Ah, I can't believe it's almost Monday already.)
It's unassuming. There doesn't have to be any pretense for wanting to know what day of the week it is. It's necessary information. That you just so happen to need to get from someone who is very attractive.
It's a Mean Girls reference. Anyone using "What day is it" in a specific Mean Girls context is definitely worth at least a few minutes of your time. After all, they too are a connoisseur of the finer films of our generation. Go ahead, tell them their hair looks sexy pushed back.
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