RIVER OF TEARS

What’s so funny about this? To understand this joke, you need to be aware of current events happening in Russia and Ukraine. The most significant of these is that Russia recently took away the Crimean peninsula from the territory of Ukraine and annexed or made it a part of Russia. The Crimean peninsula is a large body of land that sticks out into the Black Sea, and has been the site of many wars. The situation is in flux and no one knows what the final results will be. If you look at a map then you can see that to the north, Crimea is still surrounded by Ukraine.  However, to the east it is accessible directly to and by Russia. We can only hope that there will be a peaceful settlement to this whole thing. In the meantime Russia, Ukraine, Europe and the US are all making military and diplomatic moves in this giant game of chess. One possible move which Ukraine could make would be to cut off the water supply to Crimea. As the joke points out, Russia would not be too happy about this, nor would the people who live in Crimea. There is an older expression that goes back at least to the mid-20th century and is something you say when you want to sarcastically say “too bad.” The expression is “cry me a river”. In other words “I don’t care if you cry enough tears to fill a river, I couldn’t care less about your problem.” But there is a homophonic relationship between the phrase, “cry me a river” and “Crimea river.” The latter just means a river in Crimea, which could dry up if its sources are cut off. BTW the Chorna River (or black river) is a Crimean river which flows into the Black Sea. I thought it was a more colorful place. And THAT’s what’s so funny!

 

This joke was sent to me by a friend from New Zealand

RIVER OF TEARS

What’s so funny about this? To understand this joke, you need to be aware of current events happening in Russia and Ukraine. The most significant of these is that Russia recently took away the Crimean peninsula from the territory of Ukraine and annexed or made it a part of Russia. The Crimean peninsula is a large body of land that sticks out into the Black Sea, and has been the site of many wars. The situation is in flux and no one knows what the final results will be. If you look at a map then you can see that to the north, Crimea is still surrounded by Ukraine.  However, to the east it is accessible directly to and by Russia. We can only hope that there will be a peaceful settlement to this whole thing. In the meantime Russia, Ukraine, Europe and the US are all making military and diplomatic moves in this giant game of chess. One possible move which Ukraine could make would be to cut off the water supply to Crimea. As the joke points out, Russia would not be too happy about this, nor would the people who live in Crimea. There is an older expression that goes back at least to the mid-20th century and is something you say when you want to sarcastically say “too bad.” The expression is “cry me a river”. In other words “I don’t care if you cry enough tears to fill a river, I couldn’t care less about your problem.” But there is a homophonic relationship between the phrase, “cry me a river” and “Crimea river.” The latter just means a river in Crimea, which could dry up if its sources are cut off. BTW the Chorna River (or black river) is a Crimean river which flows into the Black Sea. I thought it was a more colorful place. And THAT’s what’s so funny!

 

This joke was sent to me by a friend from New Zealand

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