- Pipes made to represent an elephant's foot or ear bring good luck. Fact! However, it is important to note that the pipe's resting place should be near a door that leads outside, opening to the South if possible.

- Any fish shaped pipe should be made from the head to the tail to secure it's speedy sale. Fiction! This has been proven to be complete nonsense, unless the shape is based on a grouper.

- It is bad luck to open a new tin of tobacco during the month of October. Fiction! This misguided notion has kept many a piper from popping tins near Halloween, however, opening a tin during the month of October is perfectly fine, so long as you do so while standing on one foot, preferably the left one.

AuthorOlie Sylvester