An American, an Indian, and a Russian are sent to Hell and plead to the Devil that they don't belong there.
The Devil, bored, makes them an offer: "I will strike you 3 times with my whip, and if you survive, I'll let you go. You can use anything you want as a shield."
The American goes first. He builds a high-tech shield from depleted uranium and composites, and hides behind it.
The Devil strikes once - the shield cracks; twice - the shield falls apart; thrice - the American is no more.
Next goes the Indian. He puts himself in some sort of advanced Yoga position and goes into deep meditation.
The Devil strikes once - nothing; twice - the Indian shivers a bit; thrice - the Indian grunts, but lives. The Devil is amazed and tells him he's free to go.
The Indian asks "May I stay and watch? In all these jokes the Russians somehow come out on top. I want to see how he will do it this time.
" The Devil nods and turns to the Russian: "So, what will you use as a shield?"
The Russian: "The Indian, of course."