Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, IBM salesman: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (9)

Back in the days of the cold war, two IBMers in Moscow on business got into a conversation about espionage. "I'd be careful if I were you," said the first one, "your hotel room is liable to be bugged."

After imbibing quite a few vodkas, the pair retired to their respective rooms on the second and third floors. Inspired by the fiery potato spirit, the man on the third floor decided it would be a good idea to try and find the bug in his room. 

After much searching, he discovered what looked like a listening device in the floor. Demonstrating much more initiative than was usually encouraged in IBMers in those days, he unscrewed the gizmo and wrenched it out before passing out himself.

The next morning, he told his fellow IBMer about his discovery and asked him if he'd found anything in this room.

"No," his colleague replied, "but in the middle of the night, the chandelier suddenly fell on top of me."

This was first published in April 2011

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