Don't Eat the Russian Cheese, it's Had Men in it

The above image appears to show workers in a Russian cheese factory taking a bath in milk, milk that investigators decided was destined to be turned into a uniquely man-flavoured local blend. Read More >>

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This Russian Doomsday Plane is President Putin's Personal Escape Pod

America isn't the only superpower with a "Doomsday Plane" for its head of state. When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to escape danger, he hops aboard this top-secret flying communications centre. Read More >>

Google Maps Stays Neutral by Only Showing Your Side in Border Disputes

Border disputes are going on in many places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world's foremost online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing you the border you most likely want to see based on where you're Googling from. Read More >>

Report: NASA Cuts all Non-ISS Ties with Russia Over Ukraine

In an internal memo, NASA has stated that it will suspend all interaction with the Russian government, in response to Russia's violations of Ukraine's territorial independence. Fortunately for US astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson, both currently orbiting on the International Space Station, the two agencies will still cooperate to transport supplies and personnel to and from the ISS. Read More >>

These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities in the Past and Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, houses are torn down, neighbourhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in their own right, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing. Read More >>

All About the Military Dolphins of the US (and Now Russia)

In what is easily one of the stranger twists in the military takeover of Crimea, the Russians have seized control of Ukraine's navy dolphin fleet. Yes, dolphins. The annals of dolphin military history is actually teeming with improbable tales, so let this be your guide to the cetacean Cold War. Read More >>

David Cameron's Serious Obama Call Gets the Twitter Parody Treatment

The mounting tensions between Ukraine and Russia is serious business, and world leaders are understandably concerned as to what repercussions Russia's act of aggression in the region will lead to. Lengthy, serious phone calls will be had -- but do we really need a photo of a politician's "serious face" to highlight that? Read More >>

What the Ukrainian Crisis Means for Astronauts in Space

Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, the only way to get up to the International Space Station is on a Russian Soyuz. That's why the six humans currently orbiting in space—including two Americans and three Russians—might be paying attention to what's happening on earth two hundred miles below. As tensions run high between the US and Russia over the situation in Ukraine, geopolitics may find its way into space again. Read More >>

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Russian Man Uses 3D-Modelling to Design This Mini Monster Truck

According to English Russia, a Russian man designed this car using 3D-modelling software for the outer look and the suspension. Then he and his friends got a Nissan Maxima "as a source for some parts" and built it. Looks like an all-terrain batmobile to me. Read More >>

The Great and Secret Salt Heist That Saved the Sochi Olympics

Believe it or not, salt is an incredibly important tool when you're trying to keep a ski mountain running during a warm spell. Unfortunately, the organisers of the Sochi Games did not believe this fact, and late last week, that oversight almost ruined the Olympics. Read More >>

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How Russia Built a Ship Too Big to Set Sail

Designed to act as the eyes and ears of the Soviet Pacific Fleet, this massive command ship was among Russia's most ambitious Cold War constructs. Packing cutting edge electronic warfare and communications systems, this enormous ship could have become the monolithic centerpiece of Russia's navy. So why did it end up rotting away as off-shore barracks instead? Read More >>

Why Olympic Mascots are Always So Goddamn Creepy

Every two years, the world takes part in a figurative dance that has been decades in the making. First, it's the iconic passing of the torch. Then, an epic, national-pride-filled opening ceremony. Finally, the moment we all wait for arrives. The most timeless of Olympic traditions: the mocking of the mascots. Read More >>

Urban Explorers Uncover Forgotten Corners of the Soviet Bloc

Say what you will about urban exploration as a hobby, these guys sure do find some very cool stuff sometimes. Thank goodness they take cameras with them. Read More >>

A Guide to the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Insanity

Whether you're watching for the noble pageantry or to mock the outlandish getups forced upon the athletes, the opening ceremonies are always the best part of the Olympics. Here's what you should watch out for—besides the bathrooms. Read More >>

Sochi Official: Our Shower Surveillance Footage Says Hotels are Fine

By now, you've surely heard the horror stories about how the Sochi Olympic village is a hellscape of stray dogs, weird toilets, and unfinished accommodations. Well, according to a Russian official, everything's cool! And he has the surreptitious surveillance footage to prove it. Read More >>


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