Four-minute cigar school (and other classic cigar videos)
By The Editors
PlannedMan

Why smoke a cigar? That's easy. They're fun to buy. They're fun to smoke. They're a lot of fun, especially if you want to piss other people off.

Four-minute cigar school (and other classic cigar videos)
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Today is your day to learn more about cigars—buying them, smoking them, using them to piss other people off.

There are as many myths about cigars as there are cigar smokers.

Although Freud was a famously puffing shrink, everybody knows a cigar is never "just" a cigar. It's a great smoke.

I don’t know much about cigars, except that I like smoking one from time to time and some people hate the smell — which I admit, can add to my pleasure.

Most of my experience smoking a cigar comes from hanging with a friend who smokes cigars, who then hands me a fresh one and says, “Oh man, you’ve got to try this.”

So I do.

But at a certain point in your life, there are certain things you want to know more about. I’m still talking about cigars.

Cigars are the perfect smoke for our times. They mark you as a dedicated anti-socialist.

Today was my day to learn more about cigars—buying them, smoking them, using them to piss other people off. For I am a dedicated anti-socialist.

I spent all day watching cigar videos on YouTube, and here are a few of the best videos I found:

Buying them: 

Here’s Tim Swanson from CigarsDaily.com with a 4-minute video that offers key pointers on how to shop for a cigar:

Smoking them: 

Bryan Glynn from CigarObsession.com does a great job of explaining how a cigar is made, and also walks you through how to cut, toast, light and smoke a cigar, and even how to retrohale.  (Yeah, he cops some attitude, too.)

Speaking of attitude, no one this side of Bill Clinton…

…does a better job of pissing someone else off with a cigar than Robert De Niro, in Cape Fear. My idol!

There are as many myths about cigars as there are cigar smokers. My favorite is the myth that the best Cuban cigars are rolled on the sweaty thighs of virgins. As Ellie at the Havana House site explains, this is false, and not just because of a severe global shortage of sweaty Cuban virgins. Another myth: Freud saying, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” False. Although Freud was a famously puffing shrink, everybody knows a cigar is never “just” a cigar. It’s one of the two, three or, okay, twenty great things you can put in your mouth, even if you’re straight.

 

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