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  • There are a total of 21 achievements whose names are from the lyrics to the song "All-Star" by Smash Mouth.
    • In the "Hey now" update (also a reference to the song) released on the 5th anniversary of Cookie Clicker, all buildings received a new achievement with parts of the lyrics: "With her finger and her thumb", "But wait 'til you get older", "Sharpest tool in the shed", "Hey now, you're a rock", "Break the mold", "Get the show on, get paid", "My world's on fire, how about yours", "The meteor men beg to differ", "Only shooting stars", "We could all use a little change", "Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb", "The years start coming", "What a concept", "You'll never shine if you don't glow", and finally "You'll never know if you don't go".
      • With the exception of Cursors (Jetmint), all these achievements are of the Astrofudge tier. The grandma achievement was originally Alabascream tier, but the title was swapped with "Defense of the ancients" in version 2.045 for consistency.
        • The Steam achievement counterparts of the in-game achievements "But wait 'til you get older" and "Defense of the ancients" still have their original names, as of 2.052.
    • Though the Fractal Engine, Javascript Console, Idleverse, Cortex Baker and You buildings were added in later updates, their Astrofudge tier achievements are also named after the lyrics: "Never get bored", "Taking the back streets", "Away from this place", "Looking kind of dumb" and "Didn't make sense not to live", respectively.
    • Additionally, "Well the cookies start coming and they don't stop coming" (and its description, "Didn't make sense not to click for fun"), "All that glitters is gold" and "So much to do so much to see" were released separately in previous updates.
  • The "D-d-d-d-deeper" achievement is a reference to the song "Help Me Dr. Dick" by E-Rotic.
    • It may also be a reference to the theme song of Yu-Gi-Oh, which features the line, "Its time to d-d-d-d-duel!"
  • The "Living on a prayer" achievement is a reference to the Bon Jovi song of the same name, the title being the name of the song while the fact that the amount of temples needed is halfway between the previous achievement and the next one refers to the lyric "Woah, we're halfway there".
  • The "Can we get much higher" achievement is a reference to a lyric with the same name from Kanye West's song Dark Fantasy.
  • The "It belongs in a bakery" achievement is a reference to the line "It belongs in a museum!" from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • The achievement "I'm so meta, even this achievement" is a reference to the phrase "I'm so meta, even this acronym" (ISMETA).
  • The "So baked right now" achievement and the "Wake and bake" achievement are references to smoking marijuana.
  • The "Don't stop me now" achievement may be a reference to the Queen song of the same name.
  • The "Cookies all the way down" achievement is a reference to the phrase "Turtles all the way down".
  • The "The land of milk and cookies" achievement is a reference to the Bible, which refers to Israel as the land of milk and honey.
    • It may also be a reference to The Land of Milk and Cookies from Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
    • Another possible reference may be the webcomic Homestuck, in which a character trait involves 'Land of ___ and ___'
  • The "He who controls the cookies controls the universe" achievement and its description, "The milk must flow!", are references to the spice in Dune.
  • The "Tonight on Hoarders" achievement is a reference to the TV show Hoarders.
  • The "We're gonna need a bigger bakery" achievement is a reference to the line "You're gonna need a bigger boat" from the movie Jaws.
  • The "In the mouth of madness" achievement and its description, "A cookie is just what we tell each other it is.", are references to the movie of the same name, and the line from the movie, "A reality is just what we tell each other it is."
  • The "Brought to you by the letter Money" and "Cookie monster" achievements are references to Sesame Street.
  • The "Let's never bake again" achievement may be a reference to the first "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" video, which ends with the line "let's all agree to never be creative again."
  • The "When this baby hits 36 quadrillion cookies per hour" achievement is a reference to the line "When this baby hits 88 miles per hour" from Back to the Future. The "36 quadrillion cookies per hour" figure comes from the fact that 10 trillion cookies per second (the amount required for the achievement) is 36 quadrillion cookies per hour.
  • The "Turbopuns" achievement and its description ("Mother Nature will be like 'slowwwww dowwwwwn'.") are references to a commercial for the fictional energy drink Powerthirst.
  • The "And yet you're still hungry" may be a reference to the Enertron from the game Chrono Trigger, a machine that heals all injuries but then displays the message "But you're still hungry".
  • The description of the "The proof of the cookie is in the baking" achievement ("How can you have any cookies if you don't bake your dough?") is a reference to the song "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd, where the original phrase is "How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?".
  • The "All the other kids with the pumped up clicks" achievement is a reference to the song "Pumped up Kicks" by the band Foster the People.
  • The "One...more...click..." achievement may be a reference to the video game Civilization V, in which after you choose to quit, the option to cancel reads, "Wait! Just... one... more... turn...".
    • It may also be a reference to the song "One More Time" by Daft Punk.
  • The "Of Mice and Men" achievement is a reference to a novella by John Steinbeck of the same name.
  • The "The Digital" achievement is a reference to the Latin word digitus, which means "finger".
  • The "Dr. T" achievement is a reference to the Dr. Seuss film The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.
  • The "Thumbs, phalanges, metacarpals" achievement's description, "& KNUCKLES", is a reference to the & Knuckles meme, derived from the 1994 video game Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
  • The "Financial prodigy" description is a direct reference to Girls by The Prodigy.
  • The "Finger clickin' good" achievement is a reference to the KFC slogan "It's finger-lickin' good!"
  • The "The old never bothered me anyway" achievement is a reference to a line from the song "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen ("The cold never bothered me anyway").
  • The "The agemaster" achievement is a reference to the movie The Pagemaster.
  • The "To oldly go" achievement is a reference to the intro sequence of Star Trek: The Original Series ("To boldly go where no man has gone before").
  • The "Defense of the ancients" achievement is a reference to the video game of the same name.
  • The "Gushing grannies" achievement is a reference to a "Dub the Dew" contest where members of 4chan pushed for the name "gushing granny" to be the name of a new flavor of Mountain Dew.
  • The "Panic at the bingo" and "Panic! at Nabisco" achievements are a reference to the band Panic! at the Disco.
  • The "Farm ill" achievement may be a reference to FarmVille, a popular online farming game.
  • The "Army of Me" may be a reference to the song of the same name by Björk.
  • The "I Hate Manure" achievement is a reference to a line used by both Biff and Buford Tannen in the Back to the Future films.
  • The "Can you dig it" achievement may be a reference to a line from the movie The Warriors directed by Walter Hill, although the phrase itself precedes the movie and was commonly used throughout the '70s before the movie even came out (as evidenced by its use in the song "Theme from Shaft" by Isaac Hayes in 1971).
    • It could also possibly be a reference to "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest.
  • The "The center of the Earth" achievement may be a reference to Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.
  • The "Never dig down" achievement is a reference to Minecraft. It is said that the number-one rule of Minecraft is to "Never dig straight down."
  • The "Rise of the machines" achievement is a reference to the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • The "The incredible machine" achievement may be a reference to the classic computer game of the same name, wherein the player would solve Rube-Goldberg-esque puzzles, often with conveyor belts, as are found in most factories.
  • The "Yes I love technology" is a reference to the movie Napoleon Dynamite.
  • The "Need for greed" achievement may be a reference to the Need for Speed video game series. Alternately, it may be a reference to the quote "I feel the need... the need for speed." from the Tom Cruise film Top Gun.
  • The "It's the economy, stupid" achievement is a reference to an unofficial slogan for Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.
  • The "Acquire currency" achievement is a reference to the "Disregard Females, Acquire Currency" meme.
  • The "The nerve of war" achievement is a reference to the Cicero quote, "Nervos belli, pecuniam." (The nerve of war, money.)
  • The "Wololo" achievement is a reference to the Age of Empires series of games. The sound effect itself originates from the first game, where the Priest unit has the ability to convert opposing units, with "wololo" being the sound effect used. This is used for the same purpose in AoE 2, as well as becoming a taunt. This taunt would linger through both AoM and AoE 3.
  • The "Church of Cookiology" achievement may be a reference to the Church of Scientology.
  • The "Bewitched" achievement may be a reference to the TV show of the same name.
  • The "The sorcerer's apprentice" achievement may be a reference to the Disney film Fantasia, which popularized the original Goethe poem.
  • The "Magic kingdom" achievement may be a reference to the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. The resort is divided into four theme parks, one of which shares its name with this achievement.
  • The "The wizarding world" achievement is a reference to Harry Potter.
  • The "Shosple Colupis" achievement is a reference to an internet meme.
  • The "Far far away" and "Now this is pod-smashing!" achievements are references to the Star Wars movies.
  • The "Type II civilization" achievement is a reference to the Kardashev scale of a civilization's technological advancements.
  • The "It's not delivery" achievement is a reference to the DiGiorno slogan ("It's not delivery, it's DiGiorno").
  • The "And beyond" achievement is a reference to the phrase "To infinity and beyond" used by Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies.
  • The "Transmogrification" achievement may a reference to the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which popularized the word.
  • The "Gold member" achievement is a reference to the third movie in Mike Myers' Austin Powers trilogy, Austin Powers in Goldmember.
  • The "Gild wars" achievement is a reference to the ArenaNet game Guild Wars.
  • The "Gold, Jerry! Gold!" achievement is a reference to a Seinfeld episode.
  • The "A whole new world" achievement is a reference to the song of the same name from the Disney movie Aladdin.
  • The "Now you're thinking" achievement is a reference to the Valve video game Portal and its sequel, Portal 2, in which you are repeatedly encouraged to "think with portals".
  • The "Dimensional shift" achievement may be a reference to the new age concept, popularized by Drunvalo Melchizedek.
  • The "Realm of the Mad God" achievement is a reference to the online game Realm of the Mad God.
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  • The "With strange eons" and "Which eternal lie" achievements are a reference to the fictional book Necronomicon, created by H.P. Lovecraft: "That is not dead which can eternal lie; And with strange aeons even death may die."
  • The "Ever more hideous" achievement is a reference to an H. P. Lovecraft quote: "Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities."
  • The "Time warp" achievement may be a reference to the song and dance of the same name from The Rocky Horror Show and, later, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • The "Time duke" achievement may be a reference to the Time Lords from the popular TV series Doctor Who.
  • The "cookie clicker forever and forever a hundred years cookie clicker, all day long forever, forever a hundred times, over and over cookie clicker adventures dot com" achievement is a reference to Rick and Morty, a popular show on Adult Swim. This is in reference to episode 1, at the end.
  • The "Be kind, rewind" achievement may be a reference to the movie of the same name.
  • The "Walk the planck" achievement is a reference to Max Planck, a German theoretical physicist who originated the Quantum Theory. It is also a reference to the supposed pirate practice of walking the plank.
  • The "Praise the sun" achievement is a reference to the video game Dark Souls. It relates to the popular emote and faction.
  • "If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing" is a reference to the Mythbusters.
  • The "A still more glorious dawn" achievement is a reference to a Carl Sagan quote.
  • The "The elder scrolls" achievement is a reference to the Elder Scrolls series of games by Bethesda Software. The phrase "Let me guess. Someone stole your cookie." is a reference to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, where a guard randomly talks to you: "Let me guess, someone stole your sweet-roll."
  • The "Tiny cookie" achievement's description, "These aren't the cookies you're clicking for", is a reference to the quote from Obi-Wan: "These aren't the droids you're looking for" in the film Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
  • The "A wizard is you" achievement is a reference to "An adventurer is you", the tagline of browser-based multiplayer RPG, Kingdom of Loathing. It could be also a reference to a much older NES video game, Pro Wrestling, having "A winner is you" as a congratulatory message.
    • The "A wizard is you" achievement's description, "I'm a what?", is a reference to the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
  • The "What's in a name" achievement is a reference to Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
  • The "Tabloid addiction" achievement's description may contain a reference to the phrase "Dingoes ate my baby". It could also be a reference to an actual headline that appeared on a British tabloid that said: "Freddie Starr Ate my Hamster."
  • The "Moistburster" achievement may be a reference to "Voidthirster", a card from Ascension. It is also reminiscent of the bloodthirsters from League of Legends and Warhammer.
  • The "Coming to town" achievement is a reference to the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".
  • The "Let it snow" achievement is a reference to the song of the same name.
  • The "Here Be Dragon" achievement is a reference to a phrase commonly used in the 1700s by cartographers when talking about uncharted and faraway places on a map. This phrase was used to keep people away from these areas, as it was believed sea monsters inhabited them. May also be related to the easter egg of the GTA Chinatown Wars game.
  • The "From Scratch" achievement may be a reference to Carl Sagan's quote, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe", and also its description and name may be references to Homestuck. Due to it specifically being about Jaffa Cakes, it is also likely a reference to the Yogscast's Tekkit series, in which they build a factory to make Jaffa Cakes. (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL310728C6AAFF44B1)
  • The "Nihilism" achievement's description, "There are many things that need to be erased", is a reference to the video Happy Factory.
  • The "Obliterate" achievement's description, "Resistance is futile, albeit entertaining.", is a reference to the Borg from Star Trek.
  • The "To crumbs, you say?" achievement is a reference to the Professor from Futurama. In episode 3 he is heard on the phone saying: "To shreds, you say."
  • The "You get nothing" achievement and its description are a reference to the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-- specifically, they reference the titular character's rant near the end of the film, which famously includes the phrase "You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!"
  • The "Third-party" achievement's description refers to the fact that a piece of software unmodified by third parties is known as vanilla software.
  • There are four more secret achievements, only legitimately obtainable by playing on the old Dungeons beta and exporting that save to play in the current Cookie Clicker. They will be properly released when dungeons come out. They are called "Getting even with the oven", "Now this is pod-smashing", "Chirped out", and "Follow the white rabbit". The description for each of these is, "Defeat the Sentient Furnace in the factory dungeons.", "Defeat the Ascended Baking Pod in the factory dungeons.", "Find and defeat Chirpy, the dysfunctionning alarm bot.", "Find and defeat the elusive sugar bunny." respectively. And finally, each of their IDs are 96, 97, 98, and 99 respectively.
    • The "Follow the white rabbit" achievement is a quote from the movie The Matrix, which itself is referring to the children's story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    • The "Now this is pod-smashing" achievement could reference a quote from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Anakin Skywalker: "Now this is pod-racing!"
  • The "Faster Menner" achievement is a reference to a user of DashNet Forums known as Idler, who posted on the site with broken grammar and created a suggestion post, entitled "Suggest (a discussion where you can suggest good thing, stick this!" that suggested that several buildings (including Faster Menner) should be added to the game.
  • The "Last Chance to See" achievement may be a reference to the Douglas Adams book of the same name, in which he and zoologist Mark Carwardine visited endangered creatures around the world to photograph and write about them before they became extinct.
  • The "Fast and Delicious" achievement is a reference The Fast and the Furious series of action films.
  • The "The dreams in which I'm baking are the best I've ever had" achievement is a reference to a lyric in the song "Mad World", "The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had".
  • The "The Ultimate Clickdown" achievement is a reference to the YouTube video and song of the same name "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" which was popular in the late 2000s.
  • The "Huge tracts of land" achievement is a reference to the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where the king of the Swamp Castle describes a princess as having "huge tracts of land".
  • The achievement "Dude, sweet" could be a reference to the film Dude, Where's My Car?
  • The "Reverse funnel system" achievement is a reference to an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
  • The "Harvest moon" achievement is a reference to the video game series of the same name.
  • The "Cave story" achievement is a reference to the video game of the same name.
    • The "Curly braces" achievement and its description, "Go well with quotes.", are references to the characters Curly Brace and Quote from Cave Story.
  • The "Space space space space space" achievement is a reference to the Adult Swim show, Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule - The Planets. The flavor text "It's too far away..." is also a reference. It may also be a reference to the Space Sphere from Portal 2 who almost always says the word space repeatedly and is heavily involved with the ending of the game.
  • The "Objects in the mirror dimension are closer than they appear" achievement is a reference to a commonly-seen warning on automobile mirrors: "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear".
    • The mirror dimension may be a reference to the Marvel movie and comics Doctor Strange.
  • The "Ex machina" achievement is a reference to the Latin phrase deus ex machina, meaning "god in the machine".
  • The "Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo" achievement is a reference to Disney's Cinderella.
  • The "I've got the Midas touch" achievement may be a reference to the song "Midas Touch" by the band Midnight Star ("I've got the Midas Touch / Everything I touch turns to gold").
  • The "Phlogisticated substances" achievement is a reference to the phlogiston theory.
  • The "In the garden of Eden (baby)" achievement is a reference to the song "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly. Its description, "Isn't tending to those precious little plants just so rock and/or roll?" is a reference to the Simpsons episode "Bart Sells His Soul", featuring the song.
  • Originally, the "Quadricentennial and a half achievement" flavor text said that the last four have the same icon (all were blue) and it said that he (Orteil) will change it someday. It happened in an update, now so they have different colors.
  • The "Seedless to nay" achievement may be a reference to a "SoundClown" rehash of Tenacious D's Tribute, in which the line "Needless to say" is altered to say "Seedless to nay"
  • The "End of the world" achievement and its description is a reference to the R.E.M song of the same name.
  • The "Sugar Sugar" achievement is a reference to the song by the Archies or to the flash game "Sugar, Sugar"
  • "Holy cookies, Grandma!" is a reference to Robin's "Holy ____, Batman!" catchphrase from the 1960s TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
  • "Don't get used to yourself, you're gonna have to change" is a reference to The Professor Brothers - Future Thoughts by Brad Neely.
  • The "Green cookies sleep furiously" achievement is a reference to the sentence, "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" by Noam Chomsky.
  • The "Galactic Highway" achievement may be a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. Early on in the story, Earth is destroyed to make way for a "Hyperspace bypass".
  • The achievement "You're #1 so why try harder" is a reference to the Album Cover of "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" by Fatboy Slim. On the cover, a guy is wearing a shirt that says "I'm #1 so why try harder".
  • The "Bake him away, toys" achievement is a reference to the Simpsons episode "Cape Feare", where one of the show's characters, Chef Wiggum, says the same phrase.
  • The "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" achievement is the "Unofficial, official motto" of USPS to which it completes with "stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
  • The sun weighs about 200 quintillion cookies. Due to cookies' high density in comparison to the sun, this amount would collapse into a black hole.
  • 1 vigintillion cookies, the largest quantity referenced in Cookie Clicker's achievements (as of version 2.031), would weigh approximately a million times more than the observable universe.
  • O Fortuna is a 13th century poem from the Carmina Burana collection that rails against, "the inexorable fate that rules both gods and mortals." It was set to music by Carl Orff in 1936 and is the go-to piece of music when anyone wishes to portray any sort of apocalyptic event.
  • The “Reject reality and substitute your own” achievement is a reference to the famous quote from MythBusters, “I reject your reality and substitute my own.”
  • The achievement "Absolutely stuffed" and the achievement "It's only wafer-thin" including its flavor text "Just the one!" are all references to Monty Python's infamous "Mr. Creosote" sketch, where Mr. Creosote is eventually offered a "wafer-thin" mint by the waiter, causing him to explode.
  • The “Hypersize Me" achievement is possibly a reference to the 2004 documentary "Super Size Me" directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, who reflects on a period of 29 days where he had eaten food only and strictly from the fast food chain McDonalds.
  • The "Earth-616" achievement is a reference to the namesake main setting of the Marvel Comics Universe.
  • The flavor text for “Duck typing” is a reference to The Duck Song.
  • The "You are inevitable" achievement is possibly a reference to the line "I am inevitable." spoken by Thanos in the Marvel film Avengers: Endgame.
  • "Oh hey, it's you again." from the shadow achievement "Endless Cycle" could have been a reference to "Oh no, it's you again" from the Minecraft Parody Revenge.
  • The “Haven't even begun to peak" achievement is possibly a reference the TV show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia where the main character Dennis Reynolds iconically gives a speech "I haven't even begun to peak!"
  • The "Nuclear throne" achievement is a reference to the video game Nuclear Throne.
  • The "Olden days" achievement and its flavor text "DashNet Farms remembers" is a reference to the company Pepperidge Farm's advertisement phrase from the 1980s. In the Family Guy episode “Hell Comes to Quahod,” they feature a parody of this commercial, with the phrase "Pepperidge Farms remembers."
  • The "Don't let me leave, Murph" achievement is a reference to the Christopher Nolan movie Interstellar, when Cooper watches his past self leave his daughter from the fourth dimension of time.
  • The "Million to one shot, doc" achievement is a reference to a Seinfeld episode.
  • Mispelling "Orteil" as "Ortiel" will result in appearing cookies from clicking to all appear as the Orteil icon from the "God Complex" achievement
  • The "Despite everything, it's still you" achievement is a reference to the video game Undertale.
  • The "Everyone everywhere all at once" achievement is a reference to the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once.
  • The "Ain't that a click in the head" achievement may be a reference to the song Ain't That a Kick in the Head? by Dean Martin, or a reference to the Fallout: New Vegas quest of the same name.
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