kimmyjon: No, nothing is true simply by being on wikipedia.
In an earlier era, people believed things simply because they "heard it on the radio" (for example, the 1938 broadcast of "War Of The Worlds").
Just because the mental "crutch" of our era is the internet, this does not relieve us of our RESPONSIBILITY to examine the facts, ask questions, and form our own judgments (Horrors! Isn't being "non-judgmental" supposed to the ultimate in "good"?).
I already KNEW the joke about Communist Russia; I merely posted an internet link so that others -- such as sordatos -- might learn something about it, if they weren't familiar with it.
"The principle of socialist economy of the period of transition to communism: the authorities pretend they are paying wages, workers pretend they are working. Alternately, "So long as the bosses pretend to pay us, we will pretend to work." This joke persisted essentially unchanged through the 1980s."