What’s Russian humor like?

Question: What’s Russian humor like?

We all know English spelling is ridiculous. I mean, how you get the sound “Farve” out of the name “Favre” is unfathomable. Why is ‘Kansas’ pronounced “can-zas” but ‘Arkansas’ is pronounced “ar-can-saw”?? Anyway, Russians have a joke about our bizarre spelling rules:

If it’s spelled “Manchester” it’s pronounced “Liverpool”.

Here are a few more jokes I translated from the newspaper. They’re typical of Russian humor.

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A dentist is telling his patient, “Try to relax, ok? I’m just going to give you a little local anesthetic.”

“Are you kidding?” the patient asks. “For the money I’m paying you, I expect imported.”

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A policeman stops a car and says to the driver, “You have to pay a fine!”

“But why, officer?” protests the driver. “What did I do wrong?”

The officer replies: “And why do you think my children should wait until you do something wrong?”

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A restaurant patron tells the waitress, “I’m so hungry, I could eat a dead rat!”

“Then you’ve come to the right place, sir!”

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  1. An old Ukrainian meets a friend in the street, “Sergei, have you heard the news ?? The Russians have gone to the moon” !! Sergei replies, ” What, how many” ?? Just two, he says. Then that is not news, Sergei says, let me know when they have all gone !!

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