The portentous Ides of March marks the day in 44 B.C. that Roman dictator Julius Caesar, despite warnings, was assassinated by a group of conspirators, including his pals Brutus and Cassius.
Across the world, lit nerds and history buffs alike are celebrating the big day. Reenactments are taking place. The hashtag #IdesofMarch is even trending on Twitter, which has unleashed a torrent of puns. Here's a look at the idescape.
First, brand engagement:
Looks at today's date in history. [Gulp]— Little Caesars (@littlecaesars) March 15, 2014
Happy Ides of March says the Julius Caesar knife block! pic.twitter.com/QUfeux2vAM— Caroline Lawrence (@CarolineLawrenc) March 15, 2014
Then, the classic Caesar salad jokes:
This Brutus will be sinking his knife into a Caesar Salad today. #IdesOfMarch— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) March 15, 2014
"Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Roma tomatoes more."--Brutus ordering a house salad. #idesofmarch— Kelly Warne (@kawarne) March 15, 2014
Meanwhile, in actual Rome, this was happening:
For a modern adaptation, this clip from Mean Girls is making the rounds: