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OTB Man #1, Tommy
: Look, I'm telling you, there's gonna be another war. I mean, those slobs in the Pentagon are gonna be out of job unless they find a new enemy. They got this Saddam character now, and they're going to hit him with all they've got. Mark my words.
] OTB Man #1, Tommy
: I'm gonna tell you why they aren't going anywhere. OTB Man #3, Dennis
: Why aren't they going anywhere? OTB Man #1, Tommy
: Management. OTB Man #3, Dennis
: Aw jeez. OTB Man #1, Tommy
: Those guys are walkin' around with the head up their asses. OTB Man #3, Dennis
: Right, yeah. Well ya know, they made some good trades too ya know. Carter and Manis. Without them two there never woulda been a World Series.
: The boys and me were just having a philosophical discussion about women and cigars. Paul Benjamin
: Well I suppose that all goes back to Queen Elizabeth. Auggie Wren
: The Queen of England? Paul Benjamin
: Not Elizabeth the Second, Elizabeth the First. Did you ever hear of Sir Walter Raleigh? OTB Man #1, Tommy
: Sure. He's the guy who threw his cloak down over the puddle. OTB Man #2, Jerry
: I used to smoke Raleigh cigarettes. They came with a free gift coupon in every pack. Paul Benjamin
: That's the man. Well, Raleigh was the person who introduced tobacco in England, and since he was a favorite of the Queen's - Queen Bess, he used to call her - smoking caught on as a fashion at court. I'm sure Old Bess must have shared a stogie or two with Sir Walter. Once, he made a bet with her that he could measure the weight of smoke. OTB Man #3, Dennis
: You mean, weigh smoke? Paul Benjamin
: Exactly. Weigh smoke. OTB Man #1, Tommy
: You can't do that. It's like weighing air. Paul Benjamin
: I admit it's strange. Almost like weighing someone's soul. But Sir Walter was a clever guy. First, he took an unsmoked cigar and put it on a balance and weighed it. Then he lit up and smoked the cigar, carefully tapping the ashes into the balance pan. When he was finished, he put the butt into the pan along with the ashes and weighed what was there. Then he subtracted that number from the original weight of the unsmoked cigar. The difference was the weight of the smoke. OTB Man #1, Tommy
: Not bad. That's the kind of guy we need to take over the Mets. Paul Benjamin
: Oh, he was smart, all right. But not so smart that he didn't wind up having his head chopped off twenty years later. But that's another story.
: I don't eat shit. It's against my religion. Pete
: What religion is that? Tommy
: The religion of sanity, Peter. You should try it some time. Pete
: I did, but I was excommunicated.