The Hollywood Sign- A History of Pranks

Few icons are more associated with Los Angeles than the Hollywood sign, the 45-foot-tall white letters adorning the Hollywood Hills

Though it seems like the Hollywood sign has been there for just about forever, the famous sign was first built in 1923 and only intended to last for 18 months. Over the past 100 years, the sign has gained international fame as a Californian and American icon, but it’s also gained notoriety as a site for vandalism and even death.

So, how much do you know about it?

On January 1, 2017, national news covered that the sign had been involved in a prank to read out “HOLLYWEED,” but this prank is just the tip of the iceberg. Over the history a lot more pranks have in center the Hollywood sign.Read below the famous of them.


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The first sign was built in 1923 to advertise a real estate development called Hollywoodland. The original letters were 30 feet wide by 50 feet high and were adorned with some 4,000 lightbulbs.

It was intended to remain for only a year and a half, but the sign gained popularity and was left on the hillside for a longer period.

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