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Written by James Payne

Monday, 04 May 2009

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Article Index
1. Cigar Myths and Legends
2. Myth Two
3. Myth Four

glossaryWhether you are a new smoker or an old hat, chances are that you have fallen victim to some myths regarding cigars at one time or another. In fact, I would venture to say that every smoker still believes a story they heard somewhere that is entirely fabricated. It happens. In this article, I will look at some of these myths, try to ascertain where they came from, and see if they hold any water.

 

I am a big fan of urban legends. My true passion in life is writing fiction, and from a young age I grew up surrounded in myth. In the forest near my house there was a set of cement stairs standing all by themselves, surrounded by trees. If you listened to people in the neighborhood, you would know that that house used to belong to a witch, who had long since passed, but whose spirit still haunted those steps. If you were brave, you would take a step on those stairs and see how long you could stay there.

 

If you were smart, you would run like hell.

 

As a child, my uncle smoked cigars, and my grandfather smoked pipe. I always enjoyed the smell of the smoke, which was entirely different than the acrid smell of cigars my mother smoked. As I got older, I would hear more and more stories about cigars, their origins, and the people that rolled them, and to this day I no doubt hold onto some very stupid ideas.

 

The very first myth for me, and probably for many smokers the world over, is a very tantalizing one.

 

Myth One: Cuban cigars are hand rolled on the thighs of virgin women.

 

This is probably my favorite story. It invokes women in the field, with their dresses hiked up over their bronzed, silky smooth thighs, their fingers daintily rolling up the best smokes the world has ever known. And of course these women are all beautiful and virgins and will never tell you to take out the garbage. And that virginity, that untapped sexual power, somehow manages to find itself into your cigar right?

 

Fact or Fiction: Fiction. I hate to let you down, but it is a myth. It is true that you can find women in the field picking tobacco leaves, and hell, maybe a few of them are attractive. But working long hours in the sun, day after day…I wouldn’t bet money on it.

 

But the most important thing is this: it is impossible to roll a cigar on your thigh. In fact, try rolling a piece of paper on your thigh. Go ahead…I’ll give you a few minutes. Now consider how difficult that would be if you were to be using tobacco leaf, never mind the fact that you would be trying to wrap it around binder and filler, all the while trying to make a particular shape.

 

As romantic and lovely as this myth is, any roller will tell you…it just isn’t possible.

 






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0 # mankjdfish 2010-08-11 14:44
what about the lithium content in Cuban soil being highest on Earth and smoking them just gets you HIGH.

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