Guys, when they say you should start the year on a high note, they did not mean by smoking marijuana or going high up the mountain to the Hollywood sign and vandalizing.
Well, this happened after a person went as far as climbing on top of the Mount Lee all the way to the Hollywood hills, to alter the two O’s in wood to be spelt out as ‘WEED’.
The vandal used Straps across the word to change it. Shockingly, this is not the first time the iconic sign has been vandalized to spell the same word. Back in 1976 the sign was manipulated.
According to a blog called The Cannabist the first time was academic
A California art major scored an A grade by altering the world-famous Hollywood sign to read “Hollyweed” instead?
The date was Jan. 1, 1976, the same day California’s relaxed marijuana law took effect. Cal State Northridge student Danny Finegood 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.
Finegood died of multiple myeloma in January 2007 at age 52, and the L.A. Times obituary celebrated him as an artist, a prankster and a husband.
“For a long time, he had this idea that if you just changed the two O’s you could change the whole meaning of the sign,” his wife Bonnie Finegood told the Times in 2007.
The culprit has not yet been arrested, but a surveillance footage is under investigation. According to the police, the man’s intention was to celebrate the legalization of marijuana in California. The incident is reported to have happened at around 2.00 am while the rest of the city was welcoming the New Year.
Thankfully the straps have been taken down and the sign is back to normal.