INFOGRAPHIC: The Origin of the Term "420"

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You’ve probably uttered the phrase “420” in the past as a smoke signal. You’ve probably smoked yourself silly at 4:20. You probably smoke yourself sillier than usual on 4/20 and may plan to do so again on this 4/20. But do you actually know how “420” became a number, day, and term of lore for stoners and cannabis connoisseurs across the globe? The following Infographic takes you on a visual tour through 420’s roots, displays facts about 420, and debunks a few erroneous 420 myths. Long live 420.

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  • http://www.missstangs.com Miss Stang

    For the record, Adolf Hitler WAS born on April 20, 1889, so for some, 420 does have something to do with Hitler. Carry on…

    • DEADBOY

      Its only his birthday gor the love off the God’s, how many other psycho assholes were born on this day?

    • Jei

      420 has nothing to do with Hitler. Get over it!!!

    • FloridaSMOKIN

      Any resemblance to HITLER and 420 are merely coincidental just like any other person and any date. Stop being ignorant. They just proved this point in the article and your moronic a** is still going to sit here and question it.. CAN I SAY IGNORANT? YES I WILL!!!

      • http://Enteryourwebsite... Xavier

        Yo dude chill is this what you want people to think of you on a post about 420 sacred herb smokin time or hitlers birthday it really doesnt matter what he wants think is what he wants to think all me and you should do is celebrate it do chill on that Internet arguin shit cuz nobody wants that

    • http://TheBoogerBox Wilson

      Yes, thanks for pointing that out, but while Hitler was about Hate & Murder, the 420 movement is about Love for God’s Herb & Sharing this Sacred Herb with other’s!!!! So thanks for the History lesson, but for this forum, Hitler is best left were he belongs in Hell & History… Peace & Love & 4:20

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... feli

    This is dead on, I’m born and raised in San Rafael. Glad to see misconceptions all cleared up. Happy 420 everyone.

  • http://grow.jimdo.com/ emma

    Мы в России тоже курим в день 4/20
    Когда наступит легализация в Мире?!
    Всем мир!

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  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Randy

    I went on the same hunt when i was teen..but we were in moraga hills!!

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... urdumbass

    It’s the official police call for pot smoking in progress …what bunch of cali b.s.
    How do I know, because I’m a police officer….wow….smoke some more waldo

    • http://Enteryourwebsite... Paul

      Hey copper. Waldo has those true facts up as what some people get confused with. Another stoner says it it mean let’s smoke not the x facts.

    • http://Facebook Ryan Watson

      Urdumbass; funny, I appreitate you clarifying, but I think that both may be true? Peace, (R)

    • http://Enteryourwebsite... Cody

      Fuck the police! Toke on brotha!!

    • FloridaSMOKIN

      IT’S NOT THE OFFICIAL POLICE CALL MORON. IT’S JUST SLANG THE DISPATCHER AND THE POLICE USE INSTEAD OF HAVING TO SAY “WOULD YOU PLEASE RESPOND TO SUCH AND SUCH ADDRESS AND LOOK INTO PEOPLE SMOKING MARIJUANA:..INSTEAD THEY SAY WE HAVE A REPORT OF 420 GOING ON AT SUCH AND SUCH… GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! AND YOUR A COP, BULLSHIT, STOP LYING TO PEOPLE AND SMOKE A DOOBIE MORON!

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... J

    yea the clock on this pic is set to 8:20… way to go

    • n8

      haha!

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... cwbwillie

    fuck Hitler this day has nothing to do with Hitler or the police haha… Happy 420 stoners!!!!

  • FloridaSMOKIN

    WHY WOULD YOU GUYS STATE THAT THE CLOCKS IN PULP FICTION PAWN SHOP WERE ALL SET AT 4:20 AND IN YOUR PIC YOU HAVE IT SET AT 8:20.. FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://Facebook Ryan Watson

    And yes, F*#K Hitler!

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... CmnSense

    For the Police officer who posted above. The graphic actually had red”X’s” showing that the 420 call to police is, in fact, bogus. As for the penal code in CA, section 420 has nothing to do with Pot. It is for obstructing land. Other states have sections 420 to and none of them include pot reference or use.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Richard

    Happy 4:20!! Be happy…get happy! Life is good!

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... iriecate

    Happy Birthday Hitler! If he were still alive i would lock him in a room and hotbox it, then maybe he could chill the fuck out and not be the biggest dick in the world!

  • http://lynnegood.com Lynne

    It’s George Takai’s birthday today too! Happy Birthday Sulu!

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Debi420

    Jeez. Such know it alls. Lighten up everyone. I am also born this day(68) and the world still spins

  • april 19 baby

    well i look at it like this…i was born on April 19..the day for some reason for some people to do all kinds of bad things, like blow up buildings and commit mayhem, so by the time we get to April 20th n were still standing..it’s just one hell of a party..pass the peaceful pipe..xoxo survivor of stupidness!!

  • Throc Morton

    Actually this is no where near correct. I was in high school in the 90s when 4:20 just started becoming popular. It became popular because of beepers. Beck then you used to use codes to communicate something with someone. These codes were often the number of letters in a word such as 4=time 2=to. The 0 is associated with smoking because it looks like an open mouth. so 420 meant time to smoke and then the hour on the clock of 4:20 became a thing and then the day as well. Thats all;. I’ll give you the high times thing but I think the 4:20 louis has got to be bull crap. But I’m open to being proven wrong.

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  • Ziggy Sirjack

    The founding fathers grew and smoked Hemp. Washington and Jefferson both felt it was the future. It’s so mainstream now that there is a 45 sec or less video contest asking why you like weed? Celebrity judges like Margaret Cho will select he top 10 videos to appear in the upcoming comedy film Gone to Pot and the best three will share $10,000. Their Facebook page is gonetopotmovie.

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  • http://Enteryourwebsite... iBurn Weed

    Saying 4/20 is about hitler is as ignorant as calling someone a racial slur. Can’t we all just get a bong and get a long?

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