By Eric Wendt
April 20th is synonymous with cannabis culture. Everyone and their kids knows it. Well, maybe not everyone, but their kids definitely know it. I could talk about the history of the informal holiday, or wax poetic on the different weed-friendly events that happen every year, but I’m not going to. Why? ‘Cause I’m different, homie. And because I care about you; for reals, girl. Instead of toking up and celebrating being brain-dead, I thought I’d highlight some of the other (and infinitely more important) things April 20th is associated with. It may be a little early, but we’ll all be really stoned come Wednesday. Deal with it.
4/20’s so sick, right? Well, maybe not. Adolf Hitler was born on April 20th. Coincidence? I think not. Did Hitler smoke weed? Maybe. We may never know. All I do know is that he listened to a lot of Sublime (or Sublimierung where he’s from).
Of course it was 4/20 in 1526 when the last ruler of the Lodi Dynasty, Ibrahim Lodi, was defeated and killed by Babur in the First Battle of Panipat. But I’m sure you already knew that.
It was on April 20th that Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament. I can think of a few Rump Parliaments I’d like to dissolve, if you know what I mean. Do you know what I mean? I’m talking about intercourse.
Freedom of religion was granted to the Jews on April 20th, 1657 in New Amsterdam (later to become New York City). The Jews celebrate by getting super baked.
America tried to get all agro on Cuba with the Bay of Pigs on 4/20. Everything went swimmingly.
Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 on 4/20, becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race. She went on to take her clothes off in commercials and set women back another 3.8 years.
Joey Lawrence was born on 4/20. Whoa.
It was 4/20 when Apollo 16 landed on the moon. The crew was totally high.
Bruce Cabot was born on April 20th. Who’s Bruce Cabot? He was an actor. He was in King Kong. You ever watch King Kong…on weed?
Professional wrestler Rick Rude passed away on April 20th. This has nothing to do with weed or jokes or anything. That guy was a fucking American hero. Rest in peace, Rick. Rest in peace.