The sleeper awakes to find Communism gone, replaced by prosperity and plenitude.
A Polish man has woken up from a 19-year coma to find the Communist party no longer in power and food no longer rationed, Polish TV reports.
Railway worker Jan Grzebski, 65, fell into a coma after he was hit by a train in 1988.
“Now I see people on the streets with mobile phones and there are so many goods in the shops it makes my head spin,” he told Polish television. …
When Mr Grzebski had his accident Poland was still ruled by its last communist leader, Wojciech Jaruzelski.
“When I went into a coma there was only tea and vinegar in the shops, meat was rationed and huge petrol queues were everywhere,” Mr Grzebski said.
The following year’s elections ushered in eastern Europe’s first post-communist government.
Poland joined the Nato alliance in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.
“What amazes me today is all these people who walk around with their mobile phones and never stop moaning,” said Mr Grzebski.
“I’ve got nothing to complain about.”
Hat tip to Robert Breedlove and Toni Marcus.