Three prisoners

Three men are convicted of a crime and sentenced to twenty years in solitary confinement. They’re each allowed to bring something into the cell. The first man chooses as many books as can fit in the cell. The second man requests painting supplies. The last man requests twenty years’ worth of cigarettes. On the morning of their release, the warden goes to visit each man in his cell.

The first man tells the warden, “These last twenty years of studying have been amazing. I’m going to go back to school and get my teaching degree.”

The second man tells the warden, “I’ve become an accomplished artist and my works will hang in some of the most famous galleries in the world.”

The warden enters the third man’s cell and finds him surrounded by all of the cigarettes. The man tells the warden, “I probably should have also requested matches.”