Reality stranger than fiction dept. I heard of a teacher in Slovakia, where everything was totally corrupted ( and, apart from a cursory nod to EU standards, still is) who told parents that he had contacts at the best university in the country and could guarantee their brat a place in exchange for 1000 Euro or some such. When the student didn't get a place he was highly apologetic...and returned the money ! Everybody was lauding him as a terrifically honest chap and the parents of the few students he did get in were pleased as punch. So, what's the big deal ? He didn't have any contacts at all, just the shrewd knowledge that on a balance of probabilities three or four would get in anyway...3 or four grand for doing **** all ? Yes please !
What is even better is that most of those jokes originated from the Communist bloc. A black humour saw people through the shitty reality it was mocking. It continued into post communism. i.e :If you are a subscriber . . . it is worth clicking the "Watch on Facebook" message . . .