Some people are simply not financially struggling. An anonymous buyer has bought a giant cigar for $185,000 from a Florida cigar dealer, according to a Jan. 28 UPI report. The mammoth stogie stretches 19 feet long and over 3 feet thick and would be large enough to start a beach bonfire that lasts several days.
Is bigger always better? The cigar is equivalent to 25,000 average-sized cigars and looks more like a thick, wooden telephone pole than a bundle of dried tobacco. It also has a unique (Freudian) name: the "Gran Habano #5 El Gigante" cigar.
At a purchase price of $185,000 the buyer chose several lifetimes worth of smoking as opposed to buying a new house or purchasing a Lamborghini. "We pride ourselves on finding the hard-to-find cigars," said the dealer. "This shows we are able to fill all our orders."
However, it seems that the "El Gigante" - which consists of 1,600 pounds of tobacco - won't even go up in smoke. Not that there's any way to light this stogie except by way of a Vietnam-era flame thrower or engine exhaust from an F-16 fighter jet.
Juan Panesso, who runs CigarsDirect.com, said the buyer intends to add the giant cigar to his private collection. Presumably, the buyer has a warehouse or storeroom large enough to accommodate "El Gigante".
The buyer successfully negotiated $50,000 off the six-figure purchase price. The product was shipped out of the United States to an unidentified country. According to Panesso, it comes with its own 900-pound wooden carrying case, an enclosure that looks like cargo storage.
Given that recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington, perhaps there is a business opportunity for dealers to sell super-sized blunts that can give an entire town munchies for a whole week.
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