October 1, 1939

On October 1, 1939, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made the comment that Russia was a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. Russians where thankful and polite about Churchill’s flattery, but they wanted to know why people considered them mysterious. Their country was freezing cold for nine months and they ate beets, turnips, and potatoes and drank vodka. Nothing strange about that. And they turned huge brown bears into pets that sometimes ate their owners. Okay, they agree that’s a little bit odd. They also reminded the world that a turducken was a chicken stuffed into a duck that was then stuffed into a turkey and then cooked, which was a real enigma. At no time was a beet, potato or turnip used in the preparation of this delicious meal.

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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