Zippophanes’ Fantastic Tinderbox

March 8, 2011

This magic item is a small metal box with a hinged lid.  It is rumored to have many powers, but the most accessible is to say the magic phrase and the lid opens to reveal a flame.  The phrase is usually inscribed on the side of the box.  Common examples:

  • “Yeah thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for I am the evilest son of a bitch in the valley”
  • “When I die, bury me face down so the whole world can kiss my ass”
  • “Death is our business and business has been good”
  • “Good grief Charlie Brown”
  • Many more here.

Images from "The Vietnam War Zippo" website, which has many more examples and history of the war zippo. Click image to go there.

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One Response to “Zippophanes’ Fantastic Tinderbox”

  1. […] with a cushy leather armchair, a small table with a corncob pipe, a pouch of loose tobacco, a Zippophanes’ Fantastic Tinderbox, and a velvet smoking jacket with a fancy dragon embroidery.  If the jacket is worn, the tobacco […]

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