Today is April 20th. While the day might seem somewhat arbitrary when written out, the date 4/20 is highly symbolic. 4/20 is the cultural celebration of America’s controversial, psychedelic and pseudolegal pastime -- smoking marijuana.
Whether you call it weed, bud, pot or reefer, 4/20 acknowledges the cultural and political impacts of cannabis on our culture. Although many of us associate it with stoner comedies and college parties, marijuana plays an active role in our country's cultural milieu.
In fact, some activists are spending the day canvassing and raising awareness instead of toking up. According to High Times, Mason Tvert, the Executive Director of SAFER and a leading figure in support of Colorado’s Amendment 64, is working harder on 4/20 than any other day of the year. “4/20 has become a day when people feel a lot more comfortable talking about marijuana, so we’re encouraging our supporters to use the occasion as a way to start a conversation about not just our initiative, but about the issue in general,” Tvert told the magazine.
Whether you think of 4/20 as a time for social and political commentary or just an awesome day to party, here are 42 wacky animal photos to keep you entertained...
From Getty: A lemure looks up in an enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 12, 2012. PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP
From Getty: SUMOTO, HYOGO, JAPAN - MARCH 26: A 19-year-old Japanese macaque monkey named Monday looks on as her eyes water while suffering an allergy to pollen from the cedar tree, at Awajishima Monkey Center on March 26, 2012 in Sumoto, Hyogo, Japan. Some twenty monkeys are suffering the effects of hay fever at this time of the year, with the typical symptoms being the same as with humans. Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe.
From Getty: A deadly Rowley Palm Pit Viper from southern Mexico, one of the rarest snakes in the world and soon be on display in the new Reptile House at the Los Angeles Zoo, is seen on September 23, 2010. The zoo, located beside Los Angeles' Griffith Park, is home to 1,100 animals from around the world. MARK RALSTON/AFP
From Getty: Two langoustines fight for a football in their basin decorated like a soccer pitch on June 16, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Berlin. During the FIFA Football World Cup which is taking place until July 11, 2010 in South Africa, the langoustines get every afternoon a small football filled with sardines in their aquarium. BARBARA SAX/AFP
From Getty: Benfica's North American bald eagle mascot stands on it's perch before the UEFA Champions League football match between Benfica and Chelsea at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, on March 27, 2012. Chelsea won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS
From Getty: A baby baboon monkey (Papio hamadryas), born in captivity two months ago, plays with its father at the zoo in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on January 11, 2012. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP
From Getty: A male lion shakes his head after getting a Christmas present from the staff at Sao Paulo zoo on December 21, 2011 in Brazil. The staff has secretly delivered special food to animals of more than 40 species as a Christmas gift. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP
From Getty: LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Giraffes stroll around their paddock in the sunshine at London Zoo on March 26, 2012 in London, England. The Met Office expect today to be the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures expected to reach 21C across many parts of the country. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
From Getty: A spider monkey eats watermelon at 'Rosy Walter' zoo, on El Picacho hill in northern Tegucigalpa, on April 18, 2012. ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP
From Getty: Newborn warthogs walk outside for the first time at the 'Ouwehand' zoo in Rhenen, on March 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ANP/ KOEN VAN WEEL
From Getty: BEAUVAL, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: Yuan Zi, a male giant panda eats bamboo inside his enclosure at Zoo Parc De Beauval on January 25, 2012 in Beauval, France. A pair of giant pandas named Huan Huan and Yuan Zi have been loaned to the zoo by China, where they hope the pair will reproduce and help boost the world's dwindling panda population. Photo by Franck Prevel.
From AP: Beyonce, a Dachshund puppy vying for the title of World's Smallest Dog, is fed in a coffee cup, during an interview on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in New York. Animal rescuers in Northern California say Beyonce was so small at birth that she could fit into a spoon. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
From Getty: A beaver swims in a pool inside his enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on March 12, 2012. PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP
From Getty: Indian bred cows graze at the 'Desi Cow Utsav' (Indigenous Cow Breeds) expo in Hyderabad on March 28, 2012. The three day event showcases different breeds of cows and aims to increase awareness of the benefits of cow milk in the human diet. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM
From Getty: This picture taken on March 26, 2012 shows a caretaker bathing a white elephant in Naypyidaw. Kings and leaders in the predominantly Buddhist nation have traditionally treasured white elephants, whose rare appearances in the country are believed to herald good fortune, including power and political change. AFP PHOTO/SOE THAN WIN
From Getty: A woman walks her dog, dressed up in an outfit during an international dog show in Minsk on June 5, 2010. VICTOR DRACHEV/AFP
From Getty: A bee sits on a flower in a garden in central Baghdad on March 30, 2012, as spring florishes in the Iraqi capital. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL- SAADI
From Getty: This photo taken on July 25, 2010 shows a fishing cat at a private zoo run by Bangladeshi wildlife conservationist Sitesh Ranjon Deb in Sreemangol, some 200 kms northeast from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Sitesh is Bangladesh's lone wildlife conservationist fighting a mighty battle to save the remains of what was once one of the richest families of animals and birds in the impoverished country. But after two decades of nursing animals and freeing them in jungles, the 62-year-old is increasingly worried about the effectiveness of his costly, gruelling and not-for-profit job. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP
From Getty: A butterfly sits on a flower in a garden in central Baghdad on March 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL- SAADI
From Getty: A Sardinian-Corsican deer runs after being released during an operation of reintroduction of the animal above the Corsican village of Letia near Ajaccio on March 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA
From Getty: A newborn warthog plays with a meerkat outside the 'Ouwehands dierenpark' zoo in Rhenen, on March 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ ANP KOEN VAN WEEL
From Getty: Parakeets enjoy the sun in a garden on March 26, 2012 in center Rennes, western France. AFP PHOTO DAMIEN MEYER
From Getty: Wild elephants gather near an electric fence holding them back at the Udawalawe wildlife sanctuary in southern Sri Lanka September 2, 2011. Sri Lanka's wild life authorities announced September 2, 2011 that there were just over 7,300 wild elephants in the country according to the latest wild elephant survey carried out in August. Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP
From Getty: REDONDO BEACH, CA - MARCH 9: A sea lion feasts on dead fish as workers and volunteers continue to clean up millions of dead sardines for a second day in King Harbor on March 9, 2011 in Redondo Beach, California. Wildlife experts are focusing on a theory that enormous schools of the small fish may have gotten confused or trapped in the harbor while sheltering from rough wind-driven seas then died after breathing all the available oxygen. Most of the foot-thick raft of dead fish that covered the waters on the first day after the die-off sank to the bottom of the harbor but are expected to rise again within a few days as rotting advances. Photo by David McNew
From Getty: SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 04: Local wildlife watch the golf during the third round of the 2010 Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club Course on December 4, 2010 in Sun City, South Africa. Photo by Warren Little.
From Getty: A one-horned rhinoceros at Pabitora wildlife sanctuary, some 60 kms south of Guwahati, on November 29, 2010. The sanctuary, which covers an area of 38.8 square kilometres, is home for the one horned rhinocerosn (Rhinoceros unicornis) and thousands of migratory birds. DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP
From Getty: A gorilla male holds carrots in the enclosure 'Gorilla's Camp' at the Amneville zoo, eastern France, on April 04, 2012. Ya Kwanza, a silverback gorilla male, also arrived with seven other gorillas from other western zoos, as part of a the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP
From Getty: Octopus Paul II, successor to the tentacled tipster that wowed the world with his uncanny knack of correctly predicting World Cup football games, swims in his aquarium as he is presented to the media on November 3, 2010 in at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. The new cephalopod, also named Paul in honour of his world-famous predecessor who passed away last week, was lowered gently into his tank in a ceremony carried live on national television. Paul II came from Montpellier, southern France. PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP
From Getty: A peacock is seen in a park in the town of Batrun north of Beirut on April 7, 2012. JOSEPH EID/AFP
From Getty: A female lion called ''Pili '' yawns at the National Zoo in Masaya department, Nicaragua on January 25, 2012. ELMER MARTINEZ/AFP
From Getty: KINGUSSIE, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Walker the polar bear looks over a fence on his third birthday at the Highland Wildlife Park on December 7, 2011 in Kingussie, Scotland. Walker was born in Rhenen Zoo in Holland on 7th December 2008. He came to live at the Highland Wildlife Park after his aunt, Freedom, became pregnant and needed to retire to her cubbing den, his mother was also due to come on heat and be reintroduced back to the Zoo's adult male, Walker's dad. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell.
From Getty: A fluorescent angelfishes, pterophyllum, swims in a tank during a press conference organized by government's Fisheries Agency of Council of Agriculture in Taipei on June 25, 2010. The organizer said this transgenic technology is the world first time to use on the middle size's cichlid can enhance resistance to infection and causes variations in immune-related genes after infection by different bacterial species. SAM YEH/AFP
From Getty: Five killer whales perform in the water park of 'Marineland' in Antibes, southern France on April 17, 2008. VALERY HACHE/AFP
From Getty: Spider monkeys eat at 'Rosy Walter' zoo, on El Picacho hill in northern Tegucigalpa, on April 18, 2012. ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP
From Getty: White-tailed deers are pictured at 'Rosy Walter' zoo, on El Picacho hill in northern Tegucigalpa, on April 18, 2012. ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP
From Getty: A guara roja, also known as the scarlet macaw, is pictured at 'Rosy Walter' zoo, on El Picacho hill in northern Tegucigalpa, on April 18, 2012. ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP
From Getty: A zoo keeper feeds Loango, a crown male Mangabey monkey on April 18, 2012, at the Jardin des Plantes's zoo in Paris. The baby was born in the zoo in March 5, 2012, and then rejected by his mother. This birth in a zoo is part of the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP
From Getty: Two American flamingos stand neck-to-neck at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden in Los Angeles on April 04, 2012. JOE KLAMAR/AFP
From Getty: A group of meerkat stand and watch visitors in an enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, on March 12, 2012. PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP
From Getty: A moose with only one horn stands in an enclosure at the 'ZOOM' Zoo in Gelsenkir. PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP
From Getty: A picture taken on February 2, 2012, shows a white female rhinoceros (or square-lipped rhinoceros), raised in a South-African rhinos farm, on the day of her arrival at Amneville's zoo, eastern France. One male and two females arrived today from South Africa, with two other rhinoceros to be welcomed at La Boissiere du Dore zoo near Nantes, as part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP), created in 1985. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP
From Getty: A picture taken on February 2, 2012, shows a curly pelican at the Amneville zoo, eastern France. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP