When most people hear the phrase ‘smoking rock’, they would probably immediately think of the scourge of crack cocaine, the glassy appearance of the drug crystal meth, or perhaps red-hot lava. Their first impression is unlikely to be of a Chinese piece of stone that can, according to its proud owner, inhale a cigarette in under five minutes.
Mystery surrounds the nicotine-addicted rock, which was put on show by collector Luo Yuanshui, from Longyan in southeast China’s Fujian Province. Cigarettes, with variations for length and brand, take around six minutes to burn down naturally if left unsmoked. Mr Luo says his puffing pebble knocks an incredible minute off that time, somehow….