I just saw the torch for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and, well, it's a joint. Seriously, you can see it for yourself below this entry if you doubt me.
Composed of stainless steel, aluminum and sheet moulding, the torch was designed to evoke snow, ice, skiing and skating, but to many, the metre-long white torch looks suspiciously like a marijuana joint, especially when lit.
The observation has become so common in this city that it's hard to know who was the first to say, "Hey, doesn't that look like ..."
But the torch's resemblance to British Columbia's biggest cash crop was evident right away to Jodie Emery, editor of Cannabis Culture magazine.
"A lot of people come to Vancouver because it's marijuana-friendly, so I think people who already enjoy a joint themselves will feel a little more kinship to the Olympics," said Emery, who ran as a Green party candidate in the provincial election this month.
"I'm sure the organizers didn't intend for it to look like a joint, but that's what a lot of people are seeing."
I'm okay with the Olympic Toke. The London 2012 Olympic Games have a guy getting a hummer as their official logo. Click thru if you don't believe me.
Don't Bogart that torch, man.