Each of them had been allowed to take just one item with them, to help occupy their time while they were incarcerated.
On the bus, they each turned to one another to see what the other ones had brought.
The French convict pulled out a box of paints, and stated that he intended to paint every day. He wanted to become the prison equivalent of Claude Monet.
Then he asked the convict sitting next to him, “What did you bring?”
The Israeli convict pulled out a deck of cards and said, “I brought cards. I can play poker, solitaire, gin rummy and any number of games”.
The third convict was sitting quietly, grinning to himself.
The other two noticed this and asked him, “Why are you so smug? What did you bring?”
The Polish convict pulled out a box of tampons and smiled.
He said, “I brought these”.
The other two convicts were puzzled and asked him, “What can you do with those?”
The Polish convict grinned, pointed to the box and said, “Well, according to this, I can go horseback riding, swimming, roller-skating…”
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