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This sample represents a collision, a train wreck of sorts, between my two (and only two) collecting hobbies. Yes, in addition to collecting elements, I collect tacky cigarette lighters. I simply couldn't resist the flowering creativity on display at rural gas stations throughout the Midwest. Somewhere in China someone is having a great time coming up with the craziest ideas for what shape to make the next great tacky lighter in. My personal favorite is the Mad Cow lighter, which is in the shape of an obviously enraged cow. So mad that fire comes out of its nostrils. (They have a pig like that too, but it doesn't look nearly as angry.)
This lighter is almost impossible to light without burning yourself, but practicality has never been a primary concern in this genre.
Source: Casey's Gas Station
Contributor: Theodore Gray
Acquired: 1 February, 2006
Text Updated: 29 January, 2009