A Soviet citizen stands in line for three days to requisition a car. On the fourth day he reaches the counter. At last he concludes his transaction.

“Congratulations, comrade!” says the Soviet official. “Your automobile will be delivered to you on the fifth of March in the year 2005.”

“Morning or afternoon?” inquires the citizen.

The official is puzzled. “Why do you ask?”

The citizen explains: “The plumber is coming in the morning.”

– Ronald Reagan (via Jeffrey Zeldman)