The Russians have a very unusual sense of humor. I find it similar to the Irish sense of humor. Readers under 50, should note that in 1970 Richard Nixon was President of the U.S. The conversation takes place in 1970 when Richard Nixon was President of the U.S. and Leonid Brezhnev was leader of the Soviet Union.
” The KGB tells me you have a new supercomputer that can predict events in the year 2025, ” Brezhnev says.
” Yes,” Nixon replies. ” We do have such a computer. ”
” Well, Mr. President, could you tell me what the names of our Politburo members will be then ? ”
There is a long silence on Nixon’s end of the line.
” Ha Ha ! ” Brezhnev exclaims to Nixon. ” Your computer is not so sophisticated after all. ”
” No, Mr. General Secretary, ” Nixon replies, ” it answers your questions, but I can not read it. ”
” Why not? Brezhnev demands.
” Because it is in Chinese. ”
R. Van Conoley