Road Sign Wishes Passersby a ‘Happy 420’

by ARLnow.com April 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm 19,884 29 Comments

A road sign in North Arlington is wishing everyone who drives or walks by a “Happy 420.”

The greeting, on a day that is closely associated with cannabis culture, was likely the result of the same sort of electronic road sign hack that pranksters have used to warn of “Zombies Ahead” or “The British Are Coming.”

A tipster tells us the sign, which is located outside the Madison Community Center on Old Glebe Road, was originally advising drivers of road closures due to water main work nearby.

Photo courtesy James D.

  • WeiQiang

    “Happy 420” … from the Department of Redundancy Department.

  • KalashniKEV

    All those old folks at the community center are probably rockin’ the ganj right now… you know, for like… Glaucoma, and stuff.

    • OldTimer

      And bags of doritos… pizza on the way!

  • Frivolous

    Drink beer everyday

    • Arlington, Northside


  • Rebecca

    grumble grumble legalize it grumble

    • carol

      LOL no kidding! grrrrr

  • SomeGuy

    This is really as clever a statement as the “hacker” could come up with?

    Given what looks like 3 rows of 9 characters, surely the ArlNow commenters can do better than “HAPPY 420!”

    • GoodOmens

      Well the “hacker” was going to make a more meaningful and witty statement – then he got high

    • Thes

      OF THE

  • nom de guerre

    After enjoying your 420 may I recommend today’s daily special at Sam’s Corner-a Po’ Boy, featuring panko crusted, sustainable fried gulf shrimp, with organic tomatoes, lettuce and remoulade on a french baguette.

    • CW

      Did you know they started delivering a couple weeks ago?

      • nom de guerre

        Yes, but their 24 hour delivery service is limited/exclusive to the new 2201 Pershing development and karzai rides shotgun to prevent any robberies.

      • Clarendon

        They also revamped their kids menu. I think it is now a great place to hold your toddler’s birthday party.

    • Stu

      Sorry – did you not get the memo? Bologna sandwiches, Wed and Fri only, 2 to 3 PM, if you don’t like the hours or menu, tough…

  • Mr. Hand

    Just learning about Cuba, and having some food

    • Arlingtonian

      best movie ever

    • Cyrus

      Mr. Haaaand! What are YOU doing here?

  • NrNy2ArlVa

    HB Woodlawn, should have waited one more day, they could have sold all those cupcakes in 30 minuttes or less.

  • Elmer

    Yeah. Funny, until there’s an accident or a utility worker hit by a passing vehicle.
    So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    • Rick

      Those guys will be hit because they’re idiots. The guys with the signs don’t talk to eachother and it’s been chaos a couple times on my way and back to the dog park. Kind of like the paving contractors that walk across traffic on Glebe without looking. Almost saw one eat it yesterday

      • Elmer

        So hacking the warning sign for a childish prank will make it safer for everyone?

        • Rick

          No one can make it any harder on themselves the way they behave

  • Katie

    Happy 420! 🙂

  • Yes! The one time where I approve of hack-age.

  • To the person who did this: please contact us!


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