The French caption reads "This is not a pipe".
My reply back was simply "Huh?"
His reply back was "Can you smoke it?"
My reply (Predictable) "Huh?"
It finally sunk in. No, it's a painting of a pipe. You can't smoke a painting. Well, I suppose you could, but that would be silly.
I Googled the phrase "This is not a pipe" and learned that this was indeed the name of a famous painting by a famous painter, René François Ghislain Magritte, a Belgian surrealist best known for
After the realization that I didn't really know everything, as my children often insist during trivia games, I continued to search and read and search and read learning more about this artist. Eventually I stumbled across the picture below that I just had to forward to my friend and now to you. Brilliant.