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Θέμα: Stalin joke...



(nil): Andrew Floros (floros(@)wcl.ee.upatras.gr)
Ημερομηνία: Παρ 11 Απρ 1997 - 09:25:05 EEST

Stalin is dying, and summons Comrade Khruschev to his bedside. Wheezing his
last few words with difficulty, Stalin tells Khruschev, "Comrade, the reins
of the
country are now in your hands. But before I go, I want to give you some
advice."

"Yes, yes, Great Leader, what is it?" says Khruschev.

Reaching under his pillow, Stalin produces two envelopes marked 1 and 2.
"Take these letters," he tells Khruschev. "Keep them safely--don't open
them. Only if the
country is in turmoil and things start going badly, open the first one.
That'll give you some advice on what to do. And, even after that, if things
start going REALLY
badly, open the second one." And with a gasp Stalin breathed his last.

Well, Khruschev succeeded him, and sure enough, within a few years things
started going badly--unemployment increased, crops failed, people became
restless.
Nikita decided it was time to open the first letter. All it said was: "Blame
everything on me!" So Khruschev launched a massive deStalinization campaign,
and blamed
Josef for all the excesses and purges and ills of the present system, and
bought himself some time that way.

But things continued on the downslide--Kennedy successfully rebuffed Soviet
missiles in Cuba, unemployment increased even more, crops failed even more, the
Politburo was unhappy with Khruschev's leadership and upstarts like Brezhnev
and Gromyko were threatening his credibility. So finally, after much
deliberation,
Nikita opened the second letter.

All it said was: "Write two letters."
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           Andrew Ch. Floros
  Electrical & Computer Engineer
     Wired Communications Lab.
                 Audio Team
      University of Patras, Hellas
E-mail: floros(@)wcl.ee.upatras.gr
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