Reason #547 not to smoke cigarettes (and why not to lie to your parents)

Matilde_de_Áustria-Teschen.5Once upon a time there was a beautiful young lady who, like many teenagers was a bit of a rebel and didn’t tell her parents the whole truth. The young lady in this story is the Archduchess Mathilda of Austria.

One evening, Mathilda had gone to the theater in a lovely gauze dress and decided to sneak in a quick smoke while her father wasn’t watching. Unfortunately, Mathilda’s pop, Archduke Albert, suddenly showed up.  In a tragically deceptive move, Mathilda made the decision to hide the cigarette behind her very flowing and flammable dress. I probably don’t need to detail what happened next. Sadly, Mathilda did not survive this accident.

This very sad story is not just a public service announcement about the dangers of smoking and lying.  Yep, there is pizza involved.

It seems that Mathilda, was picked to marry King Umberto of Italy to strengthen ties between the two countries. When Mathilda’s life ended unexpectedly, a gal named Margherita married Umberto instead.

Margherita (a non-smoker) lived to a ripe old age of 74.  She was super popular and was often given interesting gifts. According to legend, a famous pizza maker named Raffaele Esposito created a pizza for her that was themed to represent the Italian flag- tomato, basil and mozzarella.

It was probably delicious- as is the Garlic Jim’s version of the Margherita pizza.

As sad as this story is, Archduchess Mathilda did not perish in vain!

So don’t smoke! Don’t lie!  Have a Margherita pizza instead!

Ciao for now!




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