right after the soup

This ad for Camel cigarettes appeared in the November 23, 1936 edition of LIFE magazine. It earnestly demands that you smoke a Camel after each course of Thanksgiving dinner — “for digestion’s sake.”

Some quotes  include, “smoke a camel right after the soup,” “By all means enjoy a second helping, but before you do — smoke another Camel,” and “My own personal experience is that smoking Camels with my meals and afterwards builds up a sense of digestive well-being.”- via



  • “It will be years —not in my time— before a woman will become Prime Minister.”
    —Margaret Thatcher, October 26th, 1969.

  • “That virus [HIV] is a pussycat.”
    —Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, 1988

  • “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”
    —Associates of Edwin L. Drake refusing his suggestion to drill for oil in 1859.

  • “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.”
    —New York Times, 1936

  • “Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look.”
    —United Artists Executive, rejecting Reagan as lead in 1964 film The Best Man.

  • “The singer [Mick Jagger] will have to go; the BBC won’t like him.”
    —- First Rolling Stones manager Eric Easton to his partner after watching them perform.

  • “Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.”
    —Dr Dionysys Larder (1793-1859)

  • “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”
    —Lord Kelvin, 1895.

  • “There will never be a bigger plane built.”
    —A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.

  • “Taking the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and converting him into a right fielder is one of the dumbest things I ever heard.”
    — Tris Speaker, baseball hall of famer, talking about Babe Ruth, 1919.

  • “Ours has been the first [expedition], and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.”
    —— Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.

  • “If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.”
    —W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954.

  • “You better get secretarial work or get married.”
    —Emmeline Snively, advising would-be model Marilyn Monroe in 1944.


smoke and rain

New York is experiencing torrential downpours today.  Early this morning the rain took a break, so I decided to go for a run after hearing that the thunderstorms would return in 45 minutes.  It was sprinkling when I took off, but since my hair is already curly, this didn’t bother me at all.  It was actually kind of nice.  I was surprised though by all of the smokers in the park huddling under trees or umbrellas for an early morning cigarette.  The second hand smoke was much more disturbing than the rain.  I’ll never understand why people under a certain age smoke.  With people over a certain age (I’m unclear on what age I mean exactly), I sort of understand because cigarettes used to be marketed as not only cool, but healthy.  But now we all know the deadly truth, so what gives?


kid putting cigarette out

yay, kid!!


asthma cigarettes

ummm…. not for children under 6!? treats foul breath and diseases of the throat!? omg! a greater pack of lies could not exist.  it makes me wonder what is the “cigarette” of today.  what deadly vice, chemical, food, or beverage are they touting as healthy that in 25-50 years from now we will all recognize as lethal?  high fructose corn syrup maybe…

drs smoke camel


throat cigarettes

By the way, the weather lady was wrong and the storms rolled in early and I got totally drenched, but I must admit that I enjoyed running in the downpour.  I never would have guessed that either.