Understanding the Ides of March Through Twitter

Ides of March, Julius Caesar on Twitter
Charton Heston as Julius Caesar in 1970
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03/16/2014 AT 10:30 AM EDT

"Beware the Ides of March," a soothsayer tells the eponymous emperor in the first act of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Spoiler alert: It doesn't end well for him. But 415 years later, we have Twitter jokes to soothe the pain.

The term "Ides" actually comes from an old Latin verb iduare, which means "to divide." "The Ides" was just a Roman colloquialism for the day that marked the halfway point of each month.

Today, it's a great day for jokes about murdering salads or referencing other favorite Caesars in funny tweets. And isn't that what Shakespeare really had in mind the whole time?

Salad jokes!

Jokes that will anger mathematicians!

Caesar-related punning!

More salad jokes!

Brand management!

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