Saturday, August 10, 2013

My favorite Hungarian anecdote

We had a terrific tour of the Hungarian Parliament for our CJP Mission
And one thing that struck me was the cigar-holders on the window-ledges outside the assembly hall.

Each cigar-holder was numbered. So you'd put your fine Havana cigar in your holder (you could smoke outside the hall) and go listen to a speech. And if it was a really good speech, your cigar would have fully burned to ash by the time you got back. So ... the way to tell a really good speaker is how long the ash was.

And the phrase for a really good speech is "it was worth a Havana."

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