I still remember mother-in-law jokes I heard as a kid growing up in Russia. Many were predictably homicidal:
A man stands on a high floor balcony, holding an older woman just over the railing.
The man says, "Ivan shot his mother-in-law. Fyodor strangled his. But I am letting you go."
A few were downright surreal:
Late at night. A room in a communal apartment. Mother-in-law sleeps in the corner partitioned off from the rest of the room by a curtain.
Son-in-law loudly whispers, "Mother! Mother!"
Awaken mother-in-law responds from behind the curtain: "What? What is it, Vasili?"
"Mother, would you like some fish?"
"Sure, I'd love some, Vasenka."
"Then get up and fry some."
"But Vasenka, we don't have any."
"Then shut the fuck up and sleep!"
No wonder I was startled when I saw the news item below. Truly a metaphysical case of the ultimate revenge...
Mother-in-law's tombstone topples on Pennsylvania man, killing him
The 400-pound stone fatally injured Stephen Woytack, 74, of Scranton, said Edward Kubilas, caretaker of St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Throop, just outside of Scranton.