- Kathleen shares her birthday (November 12) with Mahatma Gandhi, Tonya Harding, and Charles Manson.
- Kathleen is responsible for the title of Nirvana's 1992 überhit "Smells Like Teen Spirit". According to legend, Kurt Cobain and Tobi were an item, and as a joke, Kathleen spraypainted the phrase "KURT SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT" on his bedroom wall, as a reference to Tobi's preferred deodorant and Kurt therefore being "marked" with her scent.
- Kathleen appeared in the music video for Sonic Youth's 1994 song "Bull in the Heather".
- "New Radio" was featured in an episode of Roseanne called "The Getaway, Almost".
- "Resist Psychic Death" was featured in the 1995 movie The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love.
- "For Tammy Rae," "Hamster Baby," and "Rebel Girl" can be heard during the 2007 movie Itty Bitty Titty Committee.
- "Rebel Girl" was featured in the Japanese movie Wild Zero.
- The movie Not Another Teen Movie featured the song "Rebel Girl"; also, one of the characters says, "I read Sylvia Plath, I listen to Bikini Kill, and I eat tofu. I am a unique rebel."
- "Rebel Girl" was featured in an episode of The L Word called "Livin' La Vida Loca".
- Kathleen sang the opening lines of Green Day's 2004 song "Letterbomb" ("Nobody likes you / Everyone left you / They're all out without you / Having fun").
- "Rebel Girl" appears as a playable song in the video game Rock Band 2.
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