'10 Things I Hate About You' Fan Spots Easter Egg: 'Perfect Timing'

It's over 20 years since 10 Things I Hate About You first hit theaters but fans are still discovering new things about the movie that helped make the late Heath Ledger a star.

One of several '90s teen comedies to take its cues from the works of William Shakespeare, the film boasts a plot adapted from the play The Taming of the Shrew by writers Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith, with the setting in a U.S. high school.

But while the plot, which centers on a popular teenage girl (Larisa Oleynik) who finds herself unable to date unless her rebellious older sister does (Julia Stiles), may seem a little dated for some by today's modern standards, the movie was ahead of its time in other respects.

In a post upvoted over 17,000 times on Reddit, an eagle-eyed fan writing as wwwdotcreed_thoughts revealed a blink-and-you'll-miss-it catch they only recently discovered while rewatching the film. "In 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) pause at 4:20 to notice two Rastafarians making out," they wrote.

Sure enough, the accompanying screenshot shows two characters on the righthand side of the screen wearing either dreadlocks or wigs of some description locking lips precisely 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the film.

To the uninformed, 420, or April 20, can designate the date recognized as an unofficial cannabis celebration day by many in the U.S.

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Still from "10 Things I Hate About You." A fan of the 1999 hit teen comedy has uncovered a previously unnoticed detail early in the film. Getty

The 420 celebrations date back to the 1970s with the term rumored to have originated as shorthand among a group of California teenagers for their regular meetups to partake in the drug, with the friends often getting together at around 4:20 p.m.

Regardless of the origins, the concept has bloomed into something of a national holiday in recent years, buoyed further by the continued legalization of marijuana across several states.

Rastafarian culture is seen by many as synonymous with marijuana, which goes some way to explaining the brief appearance of the two dreadlocked characters who are otherwise absent from the movie.

A fun little Easter egg in what is a much cherished teen comedy, the discovery drew a strong response among fans of the film on social media.

"I remember this," Meryl_Stryfe_ said. "I never made the 420 connection." NickJamesNuttall, meanwhile, commented: "Now THIS is Movie Magic." TheCheapTreat1515 wrote: "Perfect timing."

Weasel_Spice rejoiced: "Finally, a good f***ing movie detail." Torino_nera wrote: "This is my favorite movie of all time and I've seen it close to 100 times but I didn't know this!" Oilerfan1999 also agreed it was a "good catch" with clean_development627 concurring: "that's awesome."

Newsweek has contacted wwwdotcreed_thoughts for comment.