Flying Cigars and Great Wine

In 1954 the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in France's Rhone valley passed a decree that must rank as one of the world's greatest all-time absurdist legislative efforts and, when you think about it, the competition is pretty tough. It forbade "les cigars volants"— literally flying cigars but more accurately flying saucers—from landing anywhere within the village precincts.

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