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My Birthday, 420 and The Cannabis Culture

So its true, today is my birthday. I’ve been browsing the internet trying to find the best image of a radiology related cake and I came up with a couple of favorites below. But even more interesting, is that today is also 4/20 or “420” (It also happens to be Easter today as well, but that changes every year). You may or may not be familiar with the term “420.” Well, April 20th is National Weed Day. Apparently the day got this designation in the 1970’s from a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California who called themselves the Waldos. They met at a Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School always around 4:20 p.m. Eventually the Waldos increasingly relied on 420 as a code word to refer to pot-smoking in general. High Times, particularly the editor Steven Hager, was responsible for bringing the Waldos story to a national audience. Maybe one of the cakes below is laced with cannabis.

Hand x-ray birthday cake. Do you know what bones are missing?

Hand x-ray birthday cake. Do you know what bones are missing? See below for the answer.

Radioactive birthday cake.

Radioactive birthday cake.

April 20 has become a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the legalization of cannabis. North American observances have been held in San Francisco‘s Golden Gate Park near the Haight-Ashbury district, the University of Colorado‘s Boulder campus, Ottawa, Ontario, at Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park,  Montréal, Québec at Mount Royal monument, EdmontonAlberta at the Alberta Legislature Building, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In the US, marijuana legalization is being passed in more states every year.

Is marijuana legal where you are from? Vote below.

References: 1, 2

Answer to radiology cake: the trapezium and trapezoid are fused and capitate and hamate are fused in the cake. The scaphoid, lunate and triquetrum are present and the pisiform is missing.


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I am a radiology physician from California, USA.


One thought on “My Birthday, 420 and The Cannabis Culture

  1. Reblogged this on 4:20 Smokers Blog.

    Posted by Martin | April 20, 2014, 10:28 am

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