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Hollyweed sign reboot pays homage to 1970s classic prank

Hollyweed sign reboot pays homage to 1970s classic prank

Whether it was from a hangover or a haze, Los Angeles (and the world) woke up to the greenest and greatest holiday greeting of all: “Happy New Year from Hollyweed!”

A pot-loving prankster, who is still at large, transformed the O’s into E’s on the iconic hilltop sign overnight using peace-sign stamped tarps — obviously paying homage to the passage of marijuana-legalizing Proposition 64 and their practical-joking predecessor Danny Finegood.

As The Cannabist shared last year, “On Jan. 1, 1976, the same day California’s relaxed marijuana law took effect, the Cal State Northridge student had a plan to alter the sign by using $50 of curtains and a couple friends. And it worked, giving Hollywood a Hollyweed sign for a short time.”

The stunt was his project for an art class assignment, for which he earned an A.

This time around, Hollyweed hung for a likely even shorter span, with clean-up crews on the scene and the sign restored by 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The Associated Press reports:

“The vandal, dressed in all black, was recorded by security cameras and could face a misdemeanor trespassing charge, said Sgt. Robert Payan. The person scaled a protective fence surrounding the sign above Griffith Park and then clambered up each giant letter to drape the coverings, Payan said.”

We’ll update this story if our already-hero of the year is apprehended. Until then, below are a few of our favorite reactions because the Internet is still losing its mind over the incident (warranted):

“I thought it was kinda clever,” said Katie Couric on her first day back as a guest-host on NBC’s “Today”.

It wasn’t me.

A photo posted by Doug Benson (@youdontknowdoug) on

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Published at Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:45:17 +0000