At left is the official torch of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and, yes, I realize it looks like someone rolled up half of Humboldt County in the world's biggest Zig Zag.
The torch is apparently supposed to look like the tracks left by skiers and skaters on snow and ice, but, whatever, the Toronto Star's Petti Fong isn't seeing it. And, like every journalist ever when confronted with a story about certain mild, recreational hallucinogens, she can't seem to help herself:
All hail – or inhale – the 2010 Olympic Torch.
Or, as it's jokingly known around Vancouver, the Olympic Toke.
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.
Any double – or doobie – entendres, officials say, are purely unintentional.
Maybe the gynocentric bent of modern Olympics coverage has gotten to me. I don't see a joint. I see a pregnancy test on the verge of going positive.
Tonight, Nuggets-Lakers and Hurricanes-Penguins. Get baked.
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