Saturday, June 25, 2011

Pipes and Humor

Santa Claus reportedly began his pipe-smoking days back in 1823. According to RPGpundit, Santa has "many tastes when it comes to pipes," and has been enjoying tobacco for quite some time, presumably to keep warm in his workshop at the North Pole. 

Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978) had a way of capturing the essence of a moment. Here, as he meticulously draws his self-portrait, his pipe makes it into the painting but his glasses do not! Funny how we see ourselves: pipe = yes; glasses = no way! 

Bob Hope (1903 - 2003) lived to the ripe old age of 100. Humor really is good medicine!

Desi Arnaz (1917 - 1986) founded Desilu Productions, with his wife, famous comedian, Lucille Ball, and helped pioneer some of the most sensational comedic moments to have ever hit the TV screen. 

Evelyn (Arthur St. John) Waugh (1903 - 1966) had a high degree of sophistication and caustic wit, which he displayed in a highly polished, deceptively simple prose. He is credited with saying, "Punctuality is the virtue of the bored." 

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) said that ceasing smoking was the easiest thing he ever did. "I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times." 

My favorite pipe smoker is René Magritte (1898 - 1967) who's iconic pipe painting, Ceci n'est pas un pipe (This is not a pipe) is the ultimate comedic masterpiece. Magritte inspired my own comedic spin...

Famous Pipe Smoking quotes...

"If you must smoke, take your butt outside." 
  ~ Author Unknown

"To smoke or not to smoke: I can make of either a life-work." 

"The best way to stop smoking is to just stop - no ifs, ands or butts." 
  ~Edith Zittler

"Smoking helps you lose weight - one lung at a time!" 
  ~Alfred E. Neuman (Mad Magazine) 
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