Sunday, July 6, 2008

Hammer & Tickle

Ben Lewis has come out with a book titled Hammer & Tickle about subversive jokes circulating in the erstwhile Soviet Union. Here are a few samples:

A man goes to buy a car in Moscow, pays for it, and is told by the salesman that he can collect it on a particular date in 10 years' time. The buyer thinks for a moment and then asks: 'Morning or afternoon?' The salesman, astonished by the question, asks: 'What difference does it make?' And the buyer answers: 'Well, the plumber is coming in the morning.'

An old woman visits Moscow zoo and sees a camel for the first time. "Look what the Bolsheviks have done to that horse!"

'What is the difference between communism and capitalism?' 'Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man; communism is the exact opposite.'

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