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(Mother Nature Network)   You know you really like Cuban cigars when you train 50 pigeons to smuggle them to New York for you   (mnn.com) divider line 26
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2013-11-01 09:56:12 AM
Except it's from Havana to Key West, subby.
 
2013-11-01 09:56:53 AM
Sometimes a cigar is just a giant pigeon dick.
 
2013-11-01 09:58:20 AM
I think that's brilliant.
 
2013-11-01 09:59:12 AM
Old news is old.  New York Times had it a month ago.  Because, you know, "mainstream media" can't compete.
 
2013-11-01 09:59:31 AM
only 11 made it back - six with the contraband Cohibas. Those cigars are now cast in resin and also on display.  Those cigars are now cast in resin and also on display.

A lot of work just to waste them
 
2013-11-01 10:01:18 AM
Why the fark do we still have an embargo on Cuban goods?
 
2013-11-01 10:01:21 AM

solokumba: I think that's brilliant.


If only there were a country near New York where he could purchase Cuban cigars.
 
2013-11-01 10:02:29 AM
And because it's "art" he gets to keep them instead of being hauled in for smuggling, right?
 
2013-11-01 10:03:25 AM

abhorrent1: only 11 made it back - six with the contraband Cohibas. Those cigars are now cast in resin and also on display.  Those cigars are now cast in resin and also on display.

A lot of work just to waste them


He did it as a performance piece. It isn't hard to get cuban's in the states if you are willing to pay, and if you have just a box of them or so, customs usually looks the other way provided you don't announce to the world they are cuban's.

"Yea, they are jamaican's! look, here is a handwritten receipt on a piece of paper saying so!"
"Ok sir, enjoy your 'jamaican' cigars"
 
2013-11-01 10:05:36 AM
Is the payload is too great for a sparrow?

African or European.
 
2013-11-01 10:06:44 AM
Does he know you can just buy them on the internet? Shipped to your door from Mexico. The wrappers come separately in a letter.
 
2013-11-01 10:10:05 AM

LineNoise: abhorrent1: only 11 made it back - six with the contraband Cohibas. Those cigars are now cast in resin and also on display.  Those cigars are now cast in resin and also on display.

A lot of work just to waste them

He did it as a performance piece. It isn't hard to get cuban's in the states if you are willing to pay, and if you have just a box of them or so, customs usually looks the other way provided you don't announce to the world they are cuban's.

"Yea, they are jamaican's! look, here is a handwritten receipt on a piece of paper saying so!"
"Ok sir, enjoy your 'jamaican' cigars"


Something tells me we are going to get an update involving a visit from ICE in a few weeks.  Since he is flaunting the crime, they may feel inclined to do something.

Then again, given the quantity, it may only be a civil fine with a confiscation, vs an actual arrest.  Could be that the cigars that are cast in resin are actually fakes, and he is smoking the real ones.
 
2013-11-01 10:10:08 AM

dionysusaur: And because it's "art" he gets to keep them instead of being hauled in for smuggling, right?


I dunno, TFA made it sound like the pigeons might be a viable loophole.  He didn't smuggle anything; he just found some birds that happened to be carrying contraband.  Depending on how the law is worded, he might be innocent.

/besides, the whole Cuban embargo is bullshiat anyway.
 
2013-11-01 10:13:27 AM
The farce of the Cuban embargo, is that there's really no enforcement funds for interdicting illegal goods (whether bought directly from Cuba or in Mexico, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, UK where such goods are legal provided you're not a US citizen).

Amusingly, every time a politician gets a license to go to Cuba, they also get a waiver of the limits on the number of cigars they can bring back.
 
2013-11-01 10:20:21 AM
Why go through all that trouble just to smoke a cigar when you can be like Mike here and just smoke the pigeon instead.

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2013-11-01 10:23:31 AM
Ah, Cubans, even Cohibas, while nice cigars are fairly over rated.  Prefer a nice maduro wrapped Macanudo myself....
 
2013-11-01 10:37:08 AM

i.r.id10t: Ah, Cubans, even Cohibas, while nice cigars are fairly over rated.  Prefer a nice maduro wrapped Macanudo myself....


Bought a box of Cuban when I was in Buenos Aires a few years ago. Declared them as 'box of cigars' on my customs form, was not hassled.

They were ok. Not really a cigar guy though, I prefer pipes.
 
2013-11-01 10:59:36 AM
Probably more than half the cubans bought by tourists overseas are counterfeits anyhow.

Macanudo, puke.   Cigars for those who don't like tobacco.
 
2013-11-01 11:04:34 AM
...six (that he admitted to) with the contraband Cohibas . Those cigars are now cast in resin and also on display.  The rest were destroyed in a series of small fires.

FTFH
 
2013-11-01 11:11:39 AM
On our ship we carried Tueros, which is I believe Spanish for "stinks like crap". Smokable when you are half-cut on the flight deck after a major banyan, but that's about it.
 
2013-11-01 12:01:20 PM

Mongo No.5: Does he know you can just buy them on the internet? Shipped to your door from Mexico. The wrappers come separately in a letter.


I've heard that Americans don't remove the band from cigars, but, seriously? People actually have them sent along separately?

That's just farking weird.
 
2013-11-01 12:20:32 PM
I think that almost falls into the 'Opulance - I have it' category as a pigeon lands on his outstretched hand to deliver another Cuban cigar.
 
2013-11-01 12:21:29 PM

i.r.id10t: Ah, Cubans, even Cohibas, while nice cigars are fairly over rated.  Prefer a nice maduro wrapped Macanudo myself....


Cuban cigars are so over produced, their quality is not what it once was. They even import tobacco into cuba to roll with from time to time.

You are better off with a Dominican or a Honduran these days.
 
2013-11-01 12:46:20 PM
What is the airpeed velocity of an unladen Swallow Cuban cigar-laden pigeon?
 
2013-11-01 12:50:15 PM
Cuba is importing tobacco to meet demand? How's that Anti-Communist Embargo working out for you?

I hope they don't import nasty cheap tobacco from the US. Only quality UnAmerican tobacco should go into a Commie Cuban cigar.

I don't smoke. Never have. But I do love the smell of fine tobacco and fresh cedar wood. Did you know they use both of these in the perfume and cologne business? A little dab will do you for that Rich Old White Man smell.
 
2013-11-01 03:37:53 PM
LemSkroob:

Cuban cigars are so over produced, their quality is not what it once was. They even import tobacco into cuba to roll with from time to time.

Maybe for the counterfeits, but the Altadis real brands are not.

Adm. Randolph: Try one of these Jamaican cigars, Ambassador. They're pretty good.
Ambassador de Sadesky: Thank you, no. I do not support the work of imperialist stooges.
Adm. Randolph: Oh, only commie stooges, huh?
 
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