The back of a cigerette packet


#1

contract, songs, million pound business ideas have all supposedly been written on the back of a cigarette packet. Have you ever written anything on the back of a fag packet? On the shiny side it is very difficult and to rip it open correctly to write on the other side there is very little space. Is it just a saying for a any old scrap of paper?


#2

I have never written anything on the back of a cigarette packet. Good luck with the thread though.


#3

I smoke roll-ups and find it difficult to write anything on the plastic, especially now that it is grey!


#4

Yeah I have.

Also I still frequently write on the backs of envelopes. I shouldn’t do this because it is immensely wasteful.


#5

I suppose once upon a time a fag packet was just plain old card (rather than the branded, laminated, plastic wrapped stuff we enjoy today), which would have been much easier to write on.


#6

phone numbers, shopping list (abbreviated) and sometimes my pin for my bankcard if I was planning on getting stocious.


#7

more of a napkin man, myself


#8

I once tried writing on a leaf but it was too green


#9

Use the back of my hand, mostly


#10

At the request of one of my fellow students I once wrote out a proof of Pythagoras’ Theorem on the back of a fag packet. But he went on to become considerably more successful than me (ie was on Celebrity University Challenge).


#11

Impossible now they’re all black, proof if any were needed the Tory party is ANTI BUSINESS


#12

AR not ER


#13

and quite possibly that’s already written on the packet so you wouldn’t even need to write it.


#14

No.

But my grandma does spend a considerable amount of time cutting carboard boxes into convenient squares of card so if you need to write anything down like a shopping list, measurements for cutting wood, or simply a lovely poem you’ve been making up @xylo then theres a drawer full of them just waiting


#15

when i got this tag i assumed it was a cigarette/rizla joke


#16

I thought it might be a pop culture saying


#17

We’ve all grown up a lot from that horrible period of time, I keep being told.


#18

i can’t remember anyone saying that YOU have :wink:


#19

I’ve read between the lines.

The new found respect just seeps through.


#20

People in my office use this phrase all the time when referring to reporting / plans they have just made up on the cuff and are probably rubbish. Thought it was in the business bullshit lexicon.

Most annoying example - “can you do a back of a fag packet analysis of this and pull together a top level deck of slides to summarise” - I suppose just saying “make something up” would destroy the illusion of competence.