Say what you will about Justice Antonin Scalia, but that guy's got a way with words. Charged with penning the dissent to the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage across the country, he let fly weird word play, puns and scathing shade toward his fellow justices. To wit, this clever little turn: "Hubris is sometimes defined as o'erweening pride; and pride, we know, goeth before a fall."
The original text doesn't actually print "p-r-i-d-e" in alternating rainbow colors, but you kind of know that's what he envisioned.
That isn't the opinion's only gem. The phrase "ask the nearest hippie" became a top trending hashtag almost immediately on Twitter. The results were -- well, as one might expect, hilarious.
But, the directive brings up an important question. Obviously, there exist certain circumstances or situations wherein a hippie's singular knowledge comes in handy. Scalia wouldn't have said it if it were an outdated generalization suggesting an entire population find marriage to be a real drag, man. Right, guys? Right?
Where does one even find the nearest hippie in Dallas? This ain't Portlandia; are we talking Bishop Arts? Kalachandji's? Two cubicles over? Probably. If you're a self-identified hippie, drop us a line. We've got some questions.
Oh, and about those Tweets: You don't have to be a hippie to enjoy them, but it doesn't hurt.