The entire quote, after young Sheldon is awakened from his binary meaning to the universe dream, Jim Parsons speaks the words:

"I was once visited by Nine when I had chickenpox. He was a lot less funny than he thought he was."

I think "visited by Nine" and "a lot less funny" probably references something because it's so specific, but I have no idea what that's referencing and neither Google nor Urban Dictionary was any help.

  • Isn't 9 in binary 1001? Kinda like LOL?
    – Paulie_D
    Commented May 22, 2022 at 10:27
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    I thought it's that he got chickenpox by age nine and it wasn't funny
    – Ori Marko
    Commented May 22, 2022 at 11:54
  • Can you find the actual phrase somewhere?
    – Joachim
    Commented May 22, 2022 at 12:15
  • @Joachim full script in transcripts.foreverdreaming.org/viewtopic.php?f=858&t=41661
    – Ori Marko
    Commented May 22, 2022 at 12:58
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    @user7294900 That's not what he said. Sheldon had strange dreams in TBBT. It was one of the things they did and they revisited that in this episode in Young Sheldon where he has a conversation with to the binary numbers 1 and 0. Jim Parsons very clearly says "I was visited by Nine". It's an odd line and I assumed it referenced something because often writers will put an easter egg in a somewhat random line like that one. Maybe it references nothing, but that's why I asked. To people voting to close, is asking if something might be an easter egg discouraged?
    – userLTK
    Commented May 23, 2022 at 3:52

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In the episode Sheldon is visited by two characters - One and Zero - who claim to be "the binary code underlying everything" and are about to tell Sheldon the Secret of the Universe, before they are disturbed. We can reasonably conclude that they are products of Sheldon's imagination and/or hallucinatory dreams.

Sheldon says that he never hears from them again, but does encounter "Nine", who we can assume from his name is a similar dreamed character, especially since he arrives when Sheldon is sick with chickenpox, a time when children tend to have unusual dreams.

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