267. “Nixon Makes Big Stink in Russia”

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.”

5 comments on “267. “Nixon Makes Big Stink in Russia”

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    “Nixon Causes Stink in Paris” (The audience is saying “Who farted?” in 22 different languages.)- “News on the March”, June 1974 “Food” issue

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    Thanks, Steve!

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    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. Maybe this is the one?

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    Ooh, good point, Wendy. I remembered seeing that, but was unable to recall which issue when pondering the query before posting it here. I think it’s possible that the questioner merged the two items in his mind. Thanks!

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    The “slapheaded commie” was Khrushchev, by the way.

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