The above picture is what comes to everybody’s mind when they think of 4/20. I’m not exactly sure how it originated, but the numbers 4:20 have always been known as toke time. Collegiates tend to celebrate the “holiday” by ditching class, going in the woods somewhere, and getting high all day.
Not a bad way to spend a day. But only if you don’t make it habit. Than it becomes a bad way to spend a life.
So that makes this date sound like it’s one of the better days of the year. However, most people aren’t aware of the dark side of 4/20. Many bad things have happened in the world on this day, with many of them being fairly recent. Now where do we begin?
The birthday of Adolf Hitler
Yeah, you remember that guy. The guy who almost single-handedly ruined the world. Also responsible for the killing of about 6 million Jews. Just your run of the mill crimes.
He was born on April 20, 1889.
Side note, it always amused me how people would say how if they possessed a time machine, the first thing they would do is go back in time and kill Hitler. Yeah, it took about six countries combined to bring down Hitler. But I’m sure that you, completely on your own, with no military experience whatsoever, could just slip into his bunker and kill him. No problem.
So yeah, that’s the first bad thing to have happened on this date. What else?
Columbine school shooting
This occurred on April 20, 1999, making today the 12-year anniversary. Twelve students and one teacher were killed, making it the fourth deadliest school massacre in the United States (the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting was worse.)
This was a pretty terrible thing, and another thing to add to the list. But wait, there’s more…
BP oil spill
Exactly one year ago today the Deepwater Horizon exploded, releasing 4,900,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This incident killed thousands of animals and basically fucked up our entire environment.
And, to top it off, on April 19th, 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing occurred. Just one day short!
What is it about April 20th that terrible things happen in the world?!
I certainly don’t know the answer. And I certainly didn’t create this blog with the intention of striking fear into everyone. As I write this, there are just four hours left in the day, and as far as I know, nothing terrible has happened in the world. So we made it through! Woo-hoo!
I just thought it was really odd that three huge, infamous tragedies occurred on the same date.
But who wants to think about that? Everybody go smoke a blunt!