Q: Sometime in the early 1970s, Richard Nixon made a trip to the Soviet Union. National Lampoon did a spoof on the visit. What I remember is either a picture of Nixon in a kitchen, washroom or near a bathroom. The headline read “Nixon Makes Big Stink In Russia”. I believe there were bubble captions on Russians saying “Who farted?” and “Old Russian proverb—make no difference if water fresh or salt, shit still float”.
A: I think Steve got it: “Nixon Causes Stink in Paris” (The audience is saying “Who farted?” in 22 different languages.)—“News on the March”, June 1974 (Food) issue. Or maybe Wendy got it: “I’m not so sure… The June ’72 (Science Fiction) issue might be the one. ‘News on the March’ has an old news pic of Nixon (as Veep) examining a laundry display—one washing machine and two packets of detergent—amid a crowd of Russians. Nobody is saying “Who farted?” but Nixon’s thinking: ‘Next time I come here I’ll be President.’ Brezhnev is thinking: ‘Next time he comes here I’ll be Premier’, and that slapheaded commie who wasn’t allowed in Disneyland (his name eludes me) is mulling over the old Russian proverb.”