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You're a funny Guy MR. Now don't let it go to your head! :o)

Huh!!....What Feste award? :oÞ


Tell you a story, Kez. Back in the 1970s I was in Moscow several times. A real dreary city and my conclusion was that communism not only destroyed good cooking but also humor. The hotel I stayed at didn't have a restaurant so I'd go to a place that I could eat and have a drink.

Now understand my Russian is 'holding a phrasebook' Russian listing handy sentences designed to get you to the train station when what you want is a glass of beer. In other words, useless.

I was at this table and a guy sat down with his plate. I nodded, he said something, I said, in Russian, “I don't speak Russian,” and a third person at the table said, in English, “I speak English.”

To make a long story short, after a few beers the Russian speaker told a joke, the translator said it in English and I told a joke the translator told the Russian speaker. Many jokes don't translate yet some do. The Russian speaker knew a lot and I did so we traded jokes but here's the funny thing. The Russian speaker and I laughed at the jokes but the translator didn't get one of them. Utterly blank.

So, here's a joke I learned in Moscow circa 1978.

A Moscow resident wanted to sell his car, a Volga, but it was a 1960 vehicle and he knew that he wouldn't get that much for it. A friend said, “Look, there's no difference between your car and a new one. All you have to do is file off the manufacturing date and stamp on this year's.”

A week later the friend asked, “Have you sold your car?” The car owner said, “Who in their right mind would sell a current year Volga?”

The Russian speaker told that joke and the translator spoke in English and nodded at the punch line as to agree, who would?

The Feste Award is for the person who contributed the most to the community of TMF. I want equal time and propose a separate award just for Jesters. We need to fractionalize The Feste into categories. I ain't gonna win otherwise.


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