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Long cigar ash. Pixabay photo by ulleo-1834854 (CC0)

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Loren A. Smith, a maverick cigar smoker, became a legend at a meeting on election law. The other participants, in an elegant, white-carpeted conference room, watched in disbelief as Smith repeatedly declined an ashtray for use with his eight-inch cigar—which he calmly smoked until seven inches of perfect ash bedecked its end.

"I was testing something Clarence Darrow used to do," he later explained. "I had inserted a straightened-out paper clip before I lit up..."

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