OF MICE AND SUPERMEN

by Slavayko Penchev; photography by BTA

One of the positive aspects of the current government is that through its actions and public statements it has rejuvenated the Bulgarian culture of political jokes.

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Political jokes, or vitsove, were thought to have disappeared with the demise of orthodox Communism in the 1990s when the repressive regime that made them the only outlet for public frustration slowly changed. But in recent years, especially after the ascend of Boyko Borisov first as mayor of Sofia and then as prime minister, the habit of telling jokes in a hush-hush manner at parties or in the street has gained a new momentum. Here is a selection.

Boyko Borisov caught a cold – and did not let it go until it owned up everything.

Once Boyko Borisov brought down an USAF aircraft by pointing its finger at it and saying "Boom!" God said: "Let it be light!" But Boyko Borisov was quick to reply: "Say please!"

To indicate his benevolence, Boyko Borisov donated 6,000 corpses to the Medical Academy to dissect.

Once Boyko Borisov kicked a horse in the chin. The horse's children are now called "giraffe."

Quentin Tarantino had to borrow Boyko Borisov's wallet to be used as a prop in Pulp Fiction.

Boyko Borisov wears no wristwatch because he decides what time it is.

When John was about to baptise Jesus on the Jordan, Boyko Borisov suddenly appeared with a ribbon and a pair of scissors in hand. "I am here for the dedication," he said.

A crocodile escaped from the zoo. He was very hungry, and the first man he met was Boyko Borisov. The crocodile sized him up and decided he was not hungry any more. He looked at him again, and decided he was no longer a crocodile at all.

God came to Bulgaria and said to Boyko Borisov: "You are very stupid. How could you accept to become the leader of this failed state?" "You don'd understand, God," said Boyko Borisov. "Things are related. If the state hadn't failed it would have never elected me prime minister."

Some people have Superman on their pyjamas. Superman has Boyko Borisov on his.

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