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Iranian subscription letter (Mark Crispin)
(true, smirk)

(The following appeared in the October 19, 1989 issue of "University Week", the
University of Washington's staff newspaper)

IRANIAN FAN: Staff in the Health Sciences News and Information Office were
surprised recently when they learned a health science publication was being
read in Iran.  A letter arrived in the office which said: "I am a student of
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and the subjects of your magazine, `Health
Science Review', are useful for my research work.  So I request you to place
two subscriptions, one for me and the other for my friend `Ali' in order to
receive each issue regularly.

However, the writer went on to say, the publication did present one small
problem: "I would like to request you to scissor out the edge of the pages
which have woman picture; in this case government officials will not take
notice of those on to ran over time the whole those and will can not to censor
the those."  Though the English is less than perfect, the message is pretty
clear.  News and information staff were a little surprised that `Health
Science Review' would face the kind of censorship usually reserved for
`Playboy', but then sexiness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Incidentally, the letter writer won't be getting his magazine; `Health Science
Review' ceased publication several years ago.  Too racy, perhaps?

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