Tell a joke to a German, and he will not understand it.
Tell a joke to an Englishman, and he will understand it, but won’t show it.
Tell a joke to a Japanese, and he will understand it his own way.
Tell a joke to a Russian, and he will tell you that he knows
three more versions of that joke that are much better.
Russian humor is extremely pervasive. Almost every print publication will have at least a few jokes in it, up to and including the TV guide. They say that while in most countries, The Internet Is for Porn, in Russia, the Internet Is For Jokes. Russian humor comes mostly in the form of “anecdotes” (anekdoty) – joke stories with a punchline. Typical of Russian joke culture is a series of categories with fixed and highly familiar settings and characters. Surprising effects are achieved by an endless variety of plots and plays on words.
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