In a state of emergency of unprecedented proportions even in the standards of a former Communist country Bulgarians have resorted to the tried-and-tested method of letting off some steam. Just like in the darkest days of life under Todor Zhivkov and the comrades people of all walks of life devise... jokes.
In the age of the Internet, verbal jokes are no longer in fashion, however. Memes rule supreme.
Here is a quick selection done during a couple of days prior to this journal going to press. The main "hero" in them is, predictably, Gen Ventsislav Mutafchiyski, an army doctor and chief of the Military Medical Academy in Sofia, who was appointed to head the state of emergency headquarters.