I swear that the first episode I ever saw of "The X Files" was on Netflix, yesterday. I was starting a binge to bring myself up to speed for tomorrow night's premiere of the series' revival. Yet the show's memetic throw weight was such that in 2001 it provided the basis of my first published piece--linked here--without my ever having actually seen it.
The truth is out there, I guess. At the end of a three hour tour.