An American tourist asks a Muscovite, "Why is it that no matter how sick he was, Brezhnev always visited other countries and Andropov, sick or not, never leaves the country?"
"That's very simple," answers the Muscovite. "Brezhnev operated off of batteries. Andropov plugs into the wall socket."
Brejnev / brezjnev / brezhnev
Yeltsin / Eltsine / Ieltsine
Gorbachev / Gorbatchev
Cyrillic transcription ain't an exact science
Andropov: somewhat bald
Chernenko: somewhat hairy
It doesn't change the answers either, because Lenin was the leader of the Soviet Union for a little more than a year.
Just missed Andropov and Chernenko
Unless you really know your stuff you're not going to get them all in a minute. If you have a few more minutes to think about it you'll drag a few names up from memory, and that's the fun of it. For a list quiz like this I can see absolutely no benefit or logic in restricting the time so much.
Just seems like going from reigns of 30 years, to 20, then 2, 1, 6, would be a bit of a contrast.
But hindsight is 20/20. And I guess some had health problems. I doubt people would be worried at the time over Harrison or Taylor.
It's late at night at the White House. An intelligence officer, flanked by a Secret Service agent, bursts into president Reagan's bedroom. The officer wakes up the president, who is initially annoyed but becomes concerned when he sees the urgency on the officer's face. The officer informs Reagan that Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko is dead, after falling into a coma a few hours earlier. Reagan's expression changes back to annoyed, almost angry. "God damn it! How am I supposed to get through to the Russians if they keep dying on me"?
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