New Stranger Things Prequel Novel Explains Why Eleven's Real Name Is Jane

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Netflix

While Stranger Things fans have to wait until July 4, 2019 to see what’s happening in Hawkins, Indiana during season three, they definitely don’t have to wait that long to return to the show’s universe. Suspicious Minds, the first official Stranger Things novel, has finally been released.

The book, which is a prequel to the Netflix series, was written by Gwenda Bond, who worked closely with show staff writer Paul Dichter to make sure that the tome was aligned with the series writers' intentions and goals. While fans can’t wait to find out what happens during the summer of 1985 when season three drops later this year, the book—which follows Eleven’s mother and her time with MKUltra—gives some fascinating insights into our favorite characters' backstories.

One of the most interesting revelations from the new book is why Eleven’s mother, Terry, named her daughter "Jane." According to Bond, she was named after legendary primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

As BuzzFeed reports, Bond's explanation of the name choice is as follows:

"Terry has a dry sense of humor. Jane’s name comes from Terry reading about Jane Goodall, whose work was just starting to get attention in the late ‘60s. One of the things about her that was unique—and is somewhat controversial—is that Goodall gave the chimpanzees she studied in the wild names instead of numbers. She’s thumbing her nose at the idea Brenner will study her daughter."

Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds is available for purchase now.

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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Getty Images

The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


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The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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