12 May 2011

Victory Day Humor

Some Russians consider it rather funny to congratulate a German on Victory Day.  The irony is clear, but the joke seems a bit in poor taste.

I am reminded of an instance when I was working on a project in London on July 4.  An American colleague, rather innocently and carelessly, asked our British hosts why they did not celebrate Independence Day in the UK like they do in the US.  That question was followed by a palpable silence in the room, followed by a few quizzical glances back and forth, and a laughter explosion.