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What Counts as a Lighter?
Following are a few questions and answers that should help clear up The
BUB's policies on lighter donations. If you have a question not addressed
here, please feel free to write us at TheBUB@bublighters.com
E-mail received 4-9-02:
I am considering contributing to your lighter collection. I would like to
know what the criteria is for a contribution. Do they have to be "bic's"
or will any lighter do? Do we include a story? Please let me know....Thank
you....A.J. Plasse (Caleb English's arch nemesis)
Dear Mr. Plasse,
We are delighted to hear from you. The only requirement of a donation is
that it be definitively identifiable as a lighter or some piece of a lighter.
Definitive identification is determined by The BUB Head Curator, but in
cases of ambiguity, it is determined by the majority rule of The BUB Board
of Directors. Generally speaking, we collect pocket cigarette lighters,
although there have been two noticeable exceptions to this: a table cigarette
lighter and a kitchen lighter. Decisions as to accepting non-pocket cigarette
lighters always lies with the majority rule of The BUB Board of Directors.
Matches are never accepted as an alternative lighter. Donations of lighter
related items which are not themselves parts of lighters but are nevertheless
interesting are accepted occasionally as part of our interesting lighter
related items collection, but never as part of The BUB proper. All brands
of lighters are accepted. It is not necessary for the lighter to be in working
order. We like to receive the stories about where and when and how lighters
were found plus any other interesting tidbits you might offer; however,
a story is not required in order to donate.
We look forward to hearing from you again, and sincerely hope that you will
decide to become a BUB contributor. As you are Caleb English's arch nemesis,
I feel it is my duty to inform you that Caleb became a contributor late
last year and is currently one lighter ahead of you with rumors circulating
that this number might soon jump.
The BUB Head Curator
E-mail received 1-7-03:
Hi! I have a very short question. Do automobile cigarette lighters count?
I'm trying to get the most lighters of the cousins, so every last lighter
Yes, those count too. In fact we have one in the collection already. Amanda
found it in a parking lot on one of our trips. Good luck to you! :)
Q: Can you buy a lighter to donate?
A: Generally speaking, we discourage buying lighters because finding
them is more in the over all spirit of the collection. However with that
said, we have been known to buy a special lighter from time to time for
various reasons, and we have never turned down any lighter donated whether
found or bought.
Q: Do lighter warning labels count?
A: Yes, they do.
Q: Does the package that lighters come in when you buy them count?
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It is the policy of The BUB that whosoever shall find a lighter that upon
being catalogued is assigned a number being a multiple of 100 shall take
The BUB Board of Directors* and all other readily available contributors
who show up on our doorstep to Pancho's Mexican Buffet to celebrate the
auspicious occasion of The BUB achieving another 100 mark. By the words,
"shall take The BUB Board of Directors," it is meant that said contributor
shall finance said celebration dinner. In the event that the provisions
laid out above are not possible for any reason, said contributor shall
make equal and due compensation to The BUB Board of Directors.
*The BUB Board of Directors currently consists of Donna, Margie, and
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How we became known as The BUB
Some time around February/March 1997, The Tonight Show featured a
PEZ lighter in a "products that failed to catch on" segment. Margie
saw the show and decided we should ask them to donate it. While writing
a letter to ask for the lighter, we decided we should have a name for
our collection. After much brainstorming, we decided to name it The
Box Under the Bed Museum since that's where the collection had been
now for some time, and we would call it The BUB for short. And that
is why we're known as The BUB.
And if you're wondering about that PEZ lighter....I'm sorry to say
we didn't get it, but we did get a good laugh for our trouble. One day
when none of us were home, a woman called and asked first for me, then
Margie, then Rhonda. Finally our mom, who didn't know what we'd done,
asked if she could take a message. The woman said, "Yes. I'm with The
Tonight Show...." and then went on to totally confuse our mother by
leaving a message saying she was sorry but the PEZ lighter belonged
to the prop department and something about they might want it again.
I don't think our mom understood that she really meant THE Tonight Show
and that it was not a sales/prank call. She didn't even mention the
call to us till much later that night, and it was like...."oh, by the
way, somebody called for you today....."
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