Where does the expression "Close, but no Cigar" come from?

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  1. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

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    What does the cigar have to do with it?

    Anyone knows the background of this interesting proverb?
     
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    I would guess it comes from the custom of having a cigar to celebrate an achievement
     
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    I think in the old carnival mid-way days, you would win a cigar as a prize for certain games of skill/chance.
     
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    That was my belief...
     
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    That's my recollection, in particular the strong man "game" where the player takes a huge wooden hammer and hits a lever at his (or her) feet, which shoots a ball up the thermometer like column, maybe 12-15 feet tall.

    The increments go from weakling insults to strong man exaltations, and at the very top is a bell.

    If you ring the bell you get a really nasty cigar, and if you have the courage to light it you turn green and vomit, while getting slapped and laughed at by your friends.

    No, I never rang the bell, but I seen it happen I swear!
     
  6. homesick345

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    Thank you! But in that case the cigar sounds like a punishment...

    Anyways that's really cute...
     
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    Probably from winning a cigar as a prize, but they also used to shoot a cigar someone was holding in their mouth. If they missed, they might have been close, but no cigar.
     
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    That's it. I remember seeing it in old movies when I was a kid.
     
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    Not sure about the origins, but I'm pretty sure I picked it up from Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life.
     
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    :D I use it now and then. It's a bit snarky, but really just a bit of fun.
     
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    That's my reference point for it. A Kewpie doll for the ladies and a Havana for the men.......step right up and try your luck. :D
     
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