The Two Times Hollywood Sign Was Changed To ‘Hollyweed’ And Why Both Of Them Were On New Year’s Day

Remember when Hollywood sign was changed to Hollyweed on January 1, 2017? Well, in case you’ve been living under a rock, a prankster, armed with four tarpaulins, climbed Mount Lee on 2017 New Year’s day and edited the iconic Hollywood sign to “Hollyweed”.

Here’s the sign in all its glory:

Photo: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

Oh, and in case you’ve been wondering how he did it, there you go:

Photo: CNN

But, what most people don’t know is the fact that this was not the first time the sign was changed to the exact same “Hollyweed”. On January 1, 1976 (the very same day this happened in 2017), after practicing it on a scale model, art student Danny Finegood and 3 of his college buddies went on and used dark fabric to transform the famous LA landmark to “Hollyweed”:


Just like the 2017 act, which was to celebrate the law of the state of California that went into effect on Jan, 1st and legalized marijuana for recreational use, 1976’s prank was made in order to welcome the relaxed California marijuana law that went into effect that day.

By the way, Finegood turned it in as a school assignment which earned him an “A.”

The Hollywood sign-changing incident got extremely popular in 1976 and it even had its own folk song written by a man named David Batterson:

“Hollyweed, USA
Now it’s finally safe
to take a little toke”

If you like what you read, then you will definitely love this one: The Unbelievable Lie That Made Weed Illegal

Photo: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press,
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