Pulp Fiction Easter Egg - All Clocks the Same

All of the clocks in the movie are at 9:00 o'clock no matter what time of the day it is

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Not very relevant to the movie, but heres the truth behind the 4:20 deal. It is true that April 20th, or 4/20 on the calendar, is the date of Hitlers birth in 1889, and it is also the anniversary of the Columbine shootings. Neither of these have anything to do with the marijuana connection to the term, however. It is rumored that 420 is the police code for possession of marijuana, but this is also questionable. Steven Hager, editor of High Times, has traced it back to 1971, to some pot-smoking wiseacres at a California high school who met frequently at 4:20 to light up. The term caught on and was popularized in the counter culture by the Grateful Dead, Hager says. So the person talking about the kids meeting by the statue after school was correct. Just thought I'd enlighten you with some of my stoner knowledge. Some of you would look a lot smarter if you justified your claims with research and truth, instead of pulling them out of your ass. I better go, its 4:17...
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Brock writes:
This guy couldn't be more wrong. The first Clock you see is the watch which reads around 12. Then there is the clock for the coffee scene, 8:20. Then the clock in the pawn shop scene, 10:20. Admitting you have a problem is the first step. Later
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brandon writes:
the police code for possesion of pot is 11357 I know I just got arrested and i am looking at my ticket right now.
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koira writes:
The group of kids at San Rafael High School were called "The Waldos".
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uncle_rudy writes:
If any of you were actual Pulp Fiction fans you would see that not all of the clocks are set to the same time. The clock in Lars house has a different time then the watch in Butch's apartment.
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You people have it ALL WRONG! 420 is ACTUALLY the date that the WORLD WILL END. It's also the price of a Kit-Kat and a Coke at the 7-11.
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VF_103_PYRO writes:
Who cares about the origin of 420! all I know is its 4:19 right now and if i stay here I'm gonna be late! ~~@}}}}}>
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So anyway the point is that the clocks are different.
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The CSN&Y song "4+20", is in regard to the age of Stephen Stills at the time of his composing that song in 1969 for the album "Deja Vu". Stills was born in Jan of 1945, so do the math and listen to the words of the song. No hidden meaning there, just simple fact.
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Hey Jimbo, To answer you question about the book that John Travolta is reading. It is a Pulp Fiction novel. Pulp novels were inexpensive fiction magazines. They were widely published from the 1920s through the 1950s. The term pulp fiction can also refer to mass market paperbacks since the 1950s. The same type of novel is in Uma's hand on the cover artwork. It is just a nod to where the name for the movie came from. He is reading a pulp fiction while in a pulp fiction. Trip huh? But it's 420 now, so I'm going to go put that in my pipe and smoke it!
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mattbna writes:
Police codes are different in different jurisdictions all over the country. Everyone says that a '187' is a drive-by shooting... Well, that may be true in L.A. - over here on the east coast there are several different codes for a drive-by shooting depending on which department we are talking about. Here in Nashville they don't even use a code on the radio for a drive-by, they just call it a shooting. If it happened to be a drive-by, the dispatcher simply adds that in when he/she is dispatching it over the radio.
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actually your both wrong. you cant even see what time most of the clocks are except the one in the bonnie situation where jimmy is talking to vince and jules about gourmet coffee. and that one says something like 820
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JBeck writes:
Alright. True or not, this is what I know about 4:20. What I've learned is that 4:20 is the supposed best time of the day to get high. I guess that during the hippie heyday in the Height-Ashbury area of San Francisco, there was this building with a clock on it. Well, one day the clock stopped at, you guessed it, 4:20. From then on, the stoners decided 4:20 was the best time to light up, considering the clock they were looking at was stuck there. Again, I don't know whether or not this is the true origin of 4:20, but it's the best story I've heard so far.
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Not all of the clocks in Pulp Fiction are the same. Captain Koons shows a watch and gives it to Butch. Although it's tilted at the angle that 4:20 would be at, it's set at 12:00 if I'm not mistaken. Some clocks are set to 4:20 when Butch comes down the stairs in the pawnshop with a samurai sword. Not to mention that the clock behind Jimmie (QT) is set at a completely different time. Also the origin of 420 is from the high school kids from San Fran, not some stupid police code or any other crap like that.
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dexter1 writes:
This is getting off the subject, but my $0.02: I read in High Times once that 4:20 was started by a group of stoners (whose names escape me) that published a 'zine relating to weed (also escapes me -- you can tell i'm not a stoner). Apparently, 1 or 2 of the group of friends played football or some damn thing like that, and was always busy after school. Because of this, the group always arranged to meet at a statue of the school mascot at 4:20 every afternoon, because this is when the guys got out of practice. Therefore, they began to use "4:20" as a slang for smoking pot, and through their 'zine, it became a nationally-known slang phrase. P. S. - I know i'm not giving many details here..if you want the whole story, find a stoner who knows this story and get the details; I really don't remember.
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Sambo writes:
I don't see what Gi Jo is talking about. John Travolta says that the time is 7:22. And, thry're not even going to get breakfast, they're gonna go shoot some Brett and "Flock of Seagulls". Anyway, I don't know how many times you've been stoned, but if they toked it up at 4:20, they wouldn't be having the munchies 3 hours later. Nevertheless, I think all of these stories about 4:20 having to do anything with some kids that got stoned daily after school is ridiculous. The truth is that in a many cities, 420 really is the police code for illegal possession of cannabis. It was popularized through music, movies, and word of mouth.
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Paladin writes:
I don't think that this an "Hitler's Birthday- Party" egg... Lars
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Evilmeteors writes:
Sort of off topic, but re the Jerry Garcia theory: Completely false. He may really have died at 4:20 for all I know but that was not the starting point for the marijuana reference. Quite the contrary, the only reason MTV would have mentioned that particular time of death is BECAUSE of the slang. It was in use when I was a kid, and that's getting to be a while back now :)
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NamelessOne writes:
@Rezinhead This movie is CULT! It would never refer to Hitler's birthday... That's just giving me the creeps...
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jim writes:
Excuse my drugs naivety, but what is the marijuana reference exactly
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Rezinhead writes:
It is also Hitler's birthdate. April 20
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wickkit writes:
The only thing in Pulp Fiction resembling a clock is the watch that is handed to the child (later played by Bruce Willis)and it is set to 12:00, not 4:20 and by the way, wherever it originated 420 is a pothead time to smoke pot. It's just something fun to do.
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Princess writes:
Funny, I don't remember seeing Jerry Garcia in Pulp Fiction
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Chris writes:
To the one who said that high tide is at 4:20... Um, unless you live on another planet, the time of the high tide changes every day by about an hour, and it is not the same time as it is everywhere else (ie, if you live in NH it could be high tide at 4:00 and in FL it is at 6:00).
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David writes:
you all make me sick!
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N1k1tA writes:
Actually 420 is the police code for marijuana usage in some city (LA i think). Pot smokers have gotten rather fond of this number and now it appears as the times (4:20Am an PM) and even as the date (April 20th). People use it just as a reference to toke up now: "Hey man, i think it's 4:20, you got a dime?"
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brandon writes:
the police code for possesion of pot is 11357 I know I just got arrested and i am looking at my ticket right now.
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jimbo writes:
I know this is nothing at all to do with the topic but I'm going to ask anyway. i know all about the hidden plot; the briefcase, the plaster on the back of Wallace's neck and all that and why the gun went off in the car blowing marvin's head off, but what i DON'T know is the signifigance of the book that Vega (Travolta) is reading. any thoughts???? ta
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Trevis writes:
Crosby,Still,Nash,& Young sang a song at Woodstock called "4+20" my buddies mom has the song on an old lp
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John_Norman writes:
420 is a Juvenile Disturbance
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Me writes:
A time all of you seemed to have missed, is right in the beginning as Samuel L and Jules are about to enter the guys room (the one with the big kahuna burger) Samuel asks Jules what time is it? He replies 7:45 lets get breakfast, so maybe they were stoned from 4:20 that morning and needed muncie food!!!
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klkoehler writes:
What's all this 4:20 stuff? All the people who are two minutes behind on the time perception from spending their time after school with the three kings. The time is and always with be 4:18, I know because for years now, as it is some kind of coincedinq for me to guess what time it is and look at my watch and it's 4:18, Happens just about everyday, sometimes twice a day. There might be something here to do with dolphins or Crowleiana and Alahamba 4:18 house but I've never quite pinned it down. I've got to post this to magicians site
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BPac writes:
dude, you guys have obviously been spending too much time ditching school to smoke pot. 4:20 is the (approximate) time of the high tide, which pot heads who actually showed up to science class thought was funny. this eventually got to be known as "high time" instead of the high tide.
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