Lou Costello, Oliver Hardy, J. Wellington Wimpy (of hamburger confidence scheme fame); these are the sort of figures that come to mind when I see a shape like this, along with an immediate urge to give an inexplicably happy little chuckle. I've been told I'm something of the stoic sort, so if a design like this can elicit such a response even in my wary heart, I expect the effect is even in stronger in most. And why shouldn't this be so? A pipe is an instrument for attaining pleasure, after all.
- Eric N. Squires