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Thursday, September 10, 2009

This Just in: Roman Emperors Smoked Popular American Cigarettes

Okay, Yours Truly has never been down with the cancer, or else I likely would've noticed this before, but, what the heck?

At a grocery store, I saw a couple of posters for cigarettes. Avoiding all the politics involved with this discussion, I noticed a little crest on the oversized package of Marlboros on the poster. Around some little heraldic insignia, it read, "Vini, Vidi, Vici." As in, Julius Caesar -- or at least attributed to him.

Today, Rome, tomorrow, the world!

Next to it was a poster for Pall Malls. Curious, then, I looked at it and found they had gone a little bit ahead in Roman history. Here we had, "In Hoc Signo Vinces," which, of course, is Constantine. Okay, fine, a common Latin rendering of a Greek phrase that theoretically began Rome's conversion to christianity, but, whatever. You get the idea.

What the heck has this got to do with cigarettes?

Alea Iacta Est!


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