In a shocking revelation, 17-year-old Max Johnson was horrified to discover that the hammer and sickle on the Communist flag actually represent manual labour. “I had no idea!” Johnson exclaimed. “I just thought it was a cool symbol for sticking it to the man or something.”

Johnson, a high school student from suburban California, first became interested in Communism after reading about it online. He was drawn to the ideology’s promise of equality and fairness, and eagerly joined a local Communist group.

“I was really excited to be part of the movement,” Johnson explained. “I thought we were all about fighting for justice and standing up for the little guy. But when I found out that the hammer and sickle symbolized working hard with your hands, I was like, ‘Wait, what?'”

According to Johnson, he had always thought of Communism as a way to get rich without having to work. “I mean, that’s what the movies and TV shows always show, right?” he said. “The rich Communists living it up while the poor people do all the work. I had no idea that the whole point was to encourage manual labour.”

Johnson’s shock at discovering the truth has caused him to rethink his support for Communism. “I don’t know if I want to be part of a movement that values hard work and manual labour,” he said. “I thought we were all about sitting around and talking about how unfair the world is.”

As for the Communist group he had joined, Johnson says he’s not sure if he’ll continue attending meetings. “I’ll have to think about it,” he said. “Maybe I’ll just stick with the ‘I’m a rebel who hates authority’ thing. That’s way easier than actually having to work for a living.”