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Here Are All The "1989" Easter Eggs You May Have Missed From Taylor Swift's Interview With Stephen Colbert

Swifties can't shake this off.

Posted on April 14, 2021, at 8:25 a.m. ET

Taylor Swift made a rare late-night talk show appearance on Tuesday, joining Stephen Colbert for a conversation about her first rerecorded album, Fearless (Taylor's Version).

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During the skit/interview segment, Taylor and Stephen joked about the origins of her Fearless-era song, "Hey Stephen," and it was all fun and games.

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Except that it wasn't all fun and games. Because this is Taylor Swift. And so Swifties are convinced that the segment was packed full of Easter eggs that suggest one thing: 1989 (Taylor's Version) is coming next.

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This assumption doesn't come from nowhere — Taylor is known for including difficult-to-find hidden details and messages in her music videos, performances, and interviews.

The release of Fearless (Taylor's Version) was even preceded by a video full of anagrams sending fans on a wild goose chase to guess the names of the album's "From the Vault" songs. Of course, they figured it all out within the hour.

So, of course, as soon as Taylor's appearance on The Late Show was aired, Swifties began scouring it for any details that may be a hint towards ~something more~.

specific things taylor said on stephen colbert: 2008, 18, 44 years 179 days, 513, 54, new york, new york, 1989, scoozi’s chicago, you need to calm down, stephen king, dark tower, the shining, the stand, 511, 33035, shake it off do what you will with this info. #TaylorSwift

Twitter: @swiftzys

Let's start from the very beginning. Introducing Taylor for the segment, Stephen said: "Joining me now, from the studio where she's been rerecording her albums, Taylor Swift."

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A mention of rerecording — plus the suggestion that she's literally taking a short break from doing so to film this segment — puts me immediately on edge.

During the segment, Taylor joked that Stephen must have been "about 44 years, 179 days old, give or take" when she first recorded "Hey Stephen."

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Call me crazy — I truly would not blame you — but I took the time to do the math on this. Taylor has said in the past that she has a thing about numbers, so it's important that we pay attention to all of them.

Stephen Colbert was born on May 13, 1964. That means he would have been 44 years and 179 days old on Nov. 8, 2008, which definitely wasn't the day she recorded "Hey Stephen," because Fearless was released just three days later, on Nov. 11. So Taylor couldn't have been referring to the release date, either.

So, my theory is that the "give or take" is doing a lot of important work here, and that the numbers 44 and 179 are a big clue. If you add all those numbers together, you get 25. Let's put a pin in this for later.

Some fans have also suggested that the reference to Stephen's age — plus later discussion of his Wikipedia page — might suggest that his birthday, May 13, plays an important part in all of this.

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Of course, we all know Taylor loves a 13.

At one point in the segment, she mentioned the specific address of the Colbert Report offices, which were apparently at 513 West 54th Street in New York. Fans are pretty convinced that the 513 in the address, plus the fact that Stephen's birthday is on 5/13, is a clue that something is coming on May 13.

Then there were the jokes about Stephen's height — 5-foot-11, apparently — and social security number, which obviously Taylor does not know and couldn't say on national TV even if she did, so there must be a clue in there somewhere.

She said Social Security Number: 33035- 3+3+0+3+5 = 14 MAY 14TH IS A FRIDAY 1989 TV FIRST SINGLE MAY 14TH

Twitter: @runawayswiftme

5 11 AND 3 3 0 3 5 ADDS UP TO 30 AND IN 30 DAYS ITS MAY 13TH 2021 1989 IS COMING REPEAT 1989 IS COMING MAY 13TH BE READY

Twitter: @loveefortheages

Fans have speculated both that 5+11+3+3+0+3+5 equals 30 — and 30 days from the interview is May 13 — and that 3+3+0+3+5 adds up to 14, leading to the following day, May 14.

May 14 is a Friday, which is when new music is released, so it's more likely that something would drop that day. But we ~could~ get an announcement the day before, on the 13th, which is how Taylor announced "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" back in February.

In that instance, the date was 2/11 — and 2+11 is, of course, 13.

There's also this tweet from Taylor's marketing/management/official fan team, Taylor Nation, which could have been a hint towards something coming in May.

Twitter: @AutumnAffairs

And the fact that Taylor seemingly randomly mentioned "You Need to Calm Down," which is the 14th track on Lover, during her Late Show appearance.

YNTCD IS ALSO THE 14TH TRACK OF LOVER https://t.co/y18sNDxJIo

Twitter: @amerixana929

But what exactly is coming on May 13th/14th? Swifties are convinced that all signs point toward 1989.

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There were some very obvious references to 1989 within the segment, including the address mentioned earlier, which was in New York, and the fact that Taylor straight-up talked about the album when she told Stephen it wasn't about him.

Then there were her parting words to Stephen: "I think you should take that feeling that you're feeling, and just shake it off! And that song is about you."

Going back to the "44 years, 179 days" joke, one eagle-eyed fan discovered that (not accounting for leap years) 44 years and 179 days before the interview air date was Oct. 27 — the day 1989 was released.

guys. the 44 years and 179 days before today was OCTOBER 27. YOU KNOW WHAT ALBUM WAS RELEASED OCTOBER 27? 1989. HER MIND😭

Twitter: @swiftiealyza

There was also an ongoing joke about Stephen King. In the segment, Taylor said his short stories are "absolutely luminescent," and one fan noticed that Stephen King had several short stories published in 1989.

DARK VISIONS BY STEPEN KING (THE COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES TAYLOR MENTIONED) CAME OUT IN 1989

Twitter: @enchantedjess13

And, most convincingly, the picture in the top corner of Taylor's "Hey Stephen" mood board is one of the first that comes up when you google "Stephen Colbert 1989."

Twitter: @tayylegend

Now, this won't come as much of a surprise for those who keep up to date with every detail of Taylor's career, because she recently teased that her rerecorded version of "Wildest Dreams" would appear in the animated movie Spirit Untamed.

📹| “Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)” is included in the new trailer for Spirit Untamed!

Twitter: @TSwiftLAMedia

The song was included in the movie's trailer, which dropped last month — and, if Taylor is in fact rerecording full albums at a time, that would suggest 1989 is coming next.

That would also make sense from a business perspective, since so many of the songs from 1989 — "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," and, of course, "Wildest Dreams" — are hugely in demand for use in movies, TV shows, and ads. The sooner she can license her own versions of those songs for use, the better.

Spirit Untamed is scheduled for release in the US on June 4, so "Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)" could drop either on that date or before.

Maybe on May 14? Or maybe we'll get "Shake It Off (Taylor's Version)" on that date, and "Wildest Dreams" in June? Perhaps — hear me out — followed by the full 1989 (Taylor's Version) on June 25, which not only fits my earlier theory about the 44 years and 179 days, but is also a Friday?

Maybe I'm just a clown. It wouldn't be the first time. But I am a Swiftie — and 6/25 does add up to 13.

Whether we're right or wrong, there's no doubt that all this theorizing is a lot of fun — and we can't wait to see what Taylor gets up to next.

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