The Americans on FX!

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If this meteorite had hit Russia during the Cold War we’d all be dead right now.
The Americans On FX is my new favorite show.
You should watch The Americans

You should watch The Americans

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This Russian city uses old Soviet tanks as playgrounds

In the environs of the southwestern Siberian city of Omsk, you can find decommissioned Soviet tanks welded shut and dotting children’s playgrounds. Behold the most hardcore playground accoutrements this side of splinter-covered monkey bars.

Omsk has a history of being a center of military production, which explains why these ASU-85s and Т-62s are painted happily and left out for kids to clamber upon. According to the blogger who snapped these shots, old Soviet aircraft had been left to the tots and elements as well, but citizens conspired to disassemble them. Here are some more surreal shots. For another example of curiously unguarded Soviet war machines in Siberia, see this airfield.

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Science and communism are inseparable! That is the basic message of this amazing collection of Soviet space propaganda posters that will be auctioned off on Apr. 22.

Featuring Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov, the first and second humans to reach space, along with Krushchev, and of course Lenin, these posters glorify the the Soviet Union’s technological prowess and importance in the world, and in the universe. Many of the posters focus on the role the workers played in the space race, and the ordinary citizen’s duty to feel immensely proud of Mother Russia’s accomplishments.

The posters have messages such as “Comrades! Soviet Land Has From Now On Become the Shore of the Universe!” or “The Tenth Planet Symbolizes the Victory of Communism!” and “Be Proud, Soviet, You Opened a Path from the Earth to the Stars!” One of my favorites is “Lenin Is With Us, Immortal and Majestic, the Thoughts, Words and Deeds of Ilyich Are Propagating Through the Universe.”

The estimated values of the posters range from $400 to $1,500, and for some of these, I think that is a bargain. If you’d like to hang one of these posters on your wall, check out the auction online. (Space-themed posters are toward the end of the list.) Bidding starts at 10 a.m. PDT on Apr. 22 by Mercer & Middlesex Auctions.


Behold the dark beauty of Russia’s 1968 Little Mermaid cartoon

Disney’s The Little Mermaid may be the best-known animated film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s short story, but it was by no means the first. This Russian film, directed by Ivan Aksenchuk in 1968, uses a variety of animation styles to capture the sad tone of the tragic fairy tale, from the horrors of the mermaid’s promise to the price she’s willing to pay to preserve her love’s life.

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Vladimir Putin Confirms Russian Zombie Radiation Gun

Russia and America have been uneasy pals for a while now, but that could all go down the drain in a microwaved hurry: the Rooskies are testing an energy weapon capable of causing extreme pain and mind-control. Russian zombies burning an American flag.

Australia’s Herald Sun reports the beam weapon, trotted out by Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, is capable of some serious frying:

Precise details have not been revealed but previous research has shown that low-frequency waves or beams can affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit suggestions and commands directly into someone’s thoughts.

The weapons tech also causes a powerful burning sensation comparable to the microwave pain rays we use here in the US. But do our pain rays also cause mind control? No! And what’s more dangerous than a throng of dissidents writhing in pain and willing to do anything for Mother Russia? Nothing! Red zombie hordes. The Herald Sun claims “Mr Putin said the technology is comparable in effect to nuclear weapons but ‘more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology.’” Putin, ever the olive branch pruner—what could be unpalatable about brainwashing pain rays? [Herald Sun]

In Kazakhstan, cosmonauts must go through winter wilderness training to survive reentry

When cosmonauts and astronauts now return from a long-duration space mission on board the International Space Station, they are always coming home on a Soyuz capsule, landing in northern Kazakhstan. The Kazakh Steppe is known for its bitter winters (I just checked the local weather in Ayagoz, Kazakhstan and there is currently a blizzard going on with heavy snow, high winds and a current temperature of -26 C [-15 F] )

When a Soyuz lands, it usually takes at least an hour for the rescue team to arrive. But a blizzard or other unforeseen problems could leave the crew stranded for longer periods of time. So, cosmonauts and astronauts undergo special survival training, just in case. Here are some images from the latest crew to undergo the training, featuring cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyeva, ESA astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Samantha Cristoforetti. Remember that complicating any return from long-duration space flight is the weakness the space travelers will experience after six months in weightlessness.

In addition to the technical knowledge related to the landing capsule, the cosmonauts/astronauts need to practice practical skills like constructing a shelter and building a fire. They have a special emergency kit in the Soyuz which includes weapons, lights, water (6 liters for three people), dried food, first aid kit, tools and equipment that may be useful in extreme conditions, and clothing such as a heat suit, woolen cap, headset, gloves, socks and fur socks.

The Cosmonaut Training Center website says that “to successfully complete the test (training), crews have to show courage, self-discipline, perseverance, and patience.” Don’t worry -Samantha Cristoferri said on Google+ that the can near the fire is water, not gasoline!

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during winter survival training.

Source: Yuri Garagain Cosmonaut Training Center. Top image: Cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev participating in winter survival training in Russia. This post originally appeared on Universe Today.">