4/20 – Four-Twenty

Today is also 4/20 or as those who are recreation users of the illegal substance marijuana refer to it simply as 420 (pronounced “four-twenty”).

The reference dates back to a group of high school kids at San Rafael High School in California back in 1971. They planned to meet to light up, 4:20 p.m. This wasn’t meant for a global call to all smokers, just a code they used. Needless to say it now one of the most common terms to refer to marijuana.

Interesting facts:

  • Albert Hofmann took the first deliberate LSD trip at 4:20 on 19 April 1943 (completly unrelated yet coincidental)
  • Most of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are set to 4:20
  • Hitler was born on April 20th, 1889
  • The massacre of 13 victims at Columbine High School in Colorado took place on April 20th, 1999
  • While I do not in anyway approve the use of said substance (where it is illegal), I do find it interesting to know the backstory of popular cultural references.


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