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Mug Shots

€17.95 EUR

This handsome set of shot glasses features mug shots of six of America's most notorious gangsters. So now you can down a bourbon with Pretty Boy Floyd, a Sambuca with Lucky Luciano, a schnapps with Bugsy Siegel, or a Jell-o shot with John Dillinger. Each shot glass has a front and profile mug shot of a famous gangster, along with his rap sheet. For instance, Lucky Luciano's rap sheet includes murder, racketeering, drug trafficking, and mugging. The set comes in an attractive box and includes Al Capone, John Dillinger, Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, Machine Gun Kelly, and Pretty Boy Floyd. And at this price, it's definitely not highway robbery!

Capacity: 2 Fluid Ounces

 

The origins of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild are shrouded in mystery. Some accounts trace the Guild's birth to Athens in the latter half of the 4th century BCE. Allegedly, several lesser philosophers grew weary of the endless Socratic dialogue endemic in their trade and turned to crafting household implements and playthings. (Hence the assertions that Socrates quaffed his hemlock poison from a Guild-designed chalice, though vigorous debate surrounds the question of whether it was a "disappearing" chalice.)

More recently, revisionist historians have pinpointed the birth of the Guild to the time it was still cool to live in New York City's Lower East Side. Two brothers turned their inner creativity and love of paying rent towards fulfilling the people's needs for finger puppets, warm slippers, coffee cups, and cracking up at stuff.