August 22, 1990

On This Date in in 1990 angry smokers formed a mob and stood around and muttered angrily as they blocked a street in Moscow to protest the summer-long cigarette shortage. Other Moscowvites quickly formed a line behind them and stood in a queue. When asked by TV reporters why they queued up behind the protesting smokers, the Moscowvites stated that whenever a mob like this formed, it was because white bread, toilet paper, or American cigarettes were going on sale and if you didn’t join the line quickly, there wouldn’t be any left. When the reporters tried to explain that there were no cigarettes and that the mob had formed to protest the lack of cigarettes, the somber Moscowvites just looked at the reporters and pointed to the back of the line and mutter dangerously that the line started way back there.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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