Isn't this the story from last year of him purchasing a bong? It's perfectly legal and not always used for drugs, but often when costing $1,000 as this was, are pieces of art. Is this video from the security camera?
Yes, they say it is from 2003. It looks like it is the security camera but the one guy in front of the video always grins and at the end of the video it also looks like a hidden camera. The other clip with the "interview" is downloadable BTW. I don't think Pierce was buying a bong because it is art But it seems to me a little bit strange: it's legal to buy a bong but you get in trouble if you smoke (a cigarette) or drink? Or can you explain it to me, please?
Actually the maker of that bong according to the accompanying 'stories" is very well known for selling his as art pieces, hence the $1,000 price tag. A little on the expensive side just to use for your pot. And as said you can buy one because in and of itself it's not illegal and many are not used that way. Or maybe he bought it as a gift for Woody, who probably wouldn't use it as art.
You can legally buy cigarettes or alcohol as long as you're over 18 (or in some palces 21). You are just restricted on where you can smoke or driving when drinking because your usage may affect the health and life of others negatively. Buying a bong doesn't hurt anyone. Heck, to me, smoking pot (illegal though it is) in the privacy of your home doesn't either and can often be far less destructive than cigarettes or alcohol. Either way, I don't get the correlation.
I remember seeing photographs of some bongs when the story was first run; pretty things, very modern, blown glass, I think. Bongs really aren't meant to smoke pot nor are they really needed to do so. They were the first filters made to clear smoke as it went through the bowl of water, often with herbs or spices. They were invented before tobacco was known, so naturally they at first were used to smoke other substances. In the Middle East they're now widely used to smoke tobacco. I think in the West Coast it's fashionable to put one on the mantlepiece these days. And really, one can't let public opinion guide one's life - why is he buying this, why isn't he marrying her, why do they keep having illegitimate children, and so on, and so forth.
:: still lusts after a bong she saw somewhere several months ago. The beautiful thing had been brought all the way from Turkey and, alas, wasn't for sale... ::
Post by curious george on Oct 23, 2004 21:59:41 GMT -5
Or maybe he bought it as a gift for Woody, who probably wouldn't use it as art.
I was going to put what I thought a bong was (very close to what Yuliya said, but I thought they were for hashish), then I decided to be official, and here was the first answer I got:
Main Entry: 1bong Pronunciation: 'bä[ng], 'bo[ng] Function: noun Etymology: imitative : the deep resonant sound especially of a bell - bong verb
So let's try again:
Main Entry: 2bong Function: noun Etymology: Thai bhaung3 : a simple water pipe consisting of a bottle or vertical tube partially filled with a liquid (as water or liqueur) and a smaller offset tube ending in a bowl
Not much more helpful, is it? So they suggest you go to Brittanica.com, which takes us even further afield:
River, western Liberia.
The country's only river of commercial importance, it rises in the Bong Range and flows southwest for 75 mi (120 km) to the Atlantic coast. It is navigable for 10 mi (16 km) below Harbel, the port from which rubber is shipped to Monrovia for export.
"a smoking device that consists of a bowl mounted on a vessel of water which is provided with a long tube and arranged so that smoke is drawn through the water where it is cooled and up the tube to the mouth."
Thanks to www.m-w.com, only the work to look up is "hookah," which leads to "water pipe."
Hookahs were invented to smoke hashish - I don't think they smoked anything else those days. But as their only purpose is the cool and clean the smoke, they can be used to smoke anything that burns. I think in the Middle East different kinds of hookahs are used to smoke hashish and tobacco, but I'm not sure.