Soviet Thankfulness

Back in the Soviet Union, an old woman was riding a crowded bus. There were no empty seats so she had to stand with her heavy packages. Finally, someone got off the bus, so she grabbed their seat. “Thank God,” she said, as she sat down.

The man in the seat behind her said, “Excuse me comrade, but we are in an atheist society. You should say ‘Thank Stalin,’ not ‘Thank God.'”

“Of course you are right,” the old woman said. “Thank Stalin.”

The old woman sat quietly for a moment then turned to the man and said, “Comrade, I just had a terrible thought. What shall we say when Stalin dies?”

Without hesitation the man said, “In that case, we will say, ‘Thank God.'”

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