I know I said that I would not include the most commonly known jokes from Russia and the Soviet Union in my posts, but I did have to record one that was told to me the most often while living in Russia. As typical in most societies, jokes often focus on particular ethnic groups. Since Estonia was part of the Soviet Union, it was the target of many jokes. Somewhere, somehow, Estonians gained a reputation as being slow-minded. Some say it is the style of their native language or the way they speak Russian. It could also be fairly random as Polish jokes developed in the U.S. Nobody knows why they became so prolific, but there they were. Anyway, here is a classic example of an Estonian joke.
An Estonian stands by a railway track. Another Estonian passes by on a handcar, pushing the pump up and down. The first one asks: “Is it a long way to Tallinn?” — “No, not too long.” He gets on the car and joins pushing the pump up and down. After two hours of silent pumping the first Estonian asks again: “Is it a long way to Tallinn?” — “Now it is.”