Last Updated on April 20, 2020

laughing childEvery culture has its popular figures, its stock characters, its specific jokes very difficult to translate into other languages. During the communist regime, Romania had Bula, the hero of hundreds of jokes and parodies of little, annoying happenings we were living, such as the lack of food, the frequent electricity failures, or the poor roads’ condition. For people who did not live those times, many of those jokes require explanations (which blow away all the fun and the surprise). However, I’ve chosen a few ones to illustrate for you the spirit of this character. Enjoy!

In StoneAge times, Bula is at school, taking an exam. Suddleny he starts yelling.

“What happnened?” asks the teacher.

“I dropped the cheat sheet on my foot!”

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Bula is half an hour late at school. The teacher asks him what happened.

“I helped an old lady to get down from the bus”, Bula explains.

“OK, but what took you so long?”, the teacher insisted.

“Well, she resisted a lot!”

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“Bula, can you give us the definition of abstract?” asks the teacher

“Abstract is something that cannot be touched”

“Very well. Can you give us an example?”

“Hot iron.”

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Bula is with his parents at the restaurant.

“Daddy, do olives have legs?”

“No.”

“It means that now you are eating your third cockroach.”

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“Hey, mom, do you see that man crossing the street, coming towards us?” says Bula.

“Yes”.

“Please don’t talk to him for anything in the world!”

“What makes you think that I use to talk to strangers, Bula?”

“Nothing, but that’s not a stranger, that’s my Math teacher.”

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“Bula, it’s the fifth time you are late this week. Do you know what this means?”

“Yes, it’s probably Friday.”

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