Probably everyone has seen Red Square and the Kremlin, probably they are the main symbol of Russia if to say in representation terms or associations. Not everyone has seen those in big detail. The star above is one of the Red Stars that are on top of the Kremlin towers. Each Red Star of the Kremlin weighs more than a ton but can rotate as weathercock
wherever the wind blows. They are made from special "Ruby Glass" and have two layers of the glass making the stars looking red in any weather. The power consumption of each star is around 5 kWt. They have been damaged during the World War 2 and were refurbished later. Below there are some more close-ups of the Red Square ensemble.
The Ostankino tower, built in Moscow in 1967, was built for four years and after it was completed became the word's tallest man made structure. Also it was the world's first building exceeding 500m tall. It stayed the tallest structure in the world for 9 years, and for 42 more years as the tallest
structure in Europe. Those are photos of how it was built. It weights more than 32 thousand tons. It has two "enemies" - the Sun and win. Due to wind its top can fluctuate for 10 meters (33 feet) and due to Sun heating it from one side it can also move to 2.2m (6.6 feet).
Yesterday after the Obama's meeting in London with other politicians, Russian bloggers has concluded that newly elected American president has a Russian curse word on his right palm. This idea became viral in
hours and the second image appeared, which explains how to look correctly on Obama's palm in order to see the word. The meaning of this word I guess, would be explained in comments bit later.
This story was discussed yesterday on Russian blogs. Lobbies in many Russian houses are very small, which comes from Soviet times, during that era Russian authorities thought that people don't need any luxury or excess comfort so the lobby in the typical Soviet house of 70s was so to say not big. Also during 1960-70s a lot of "temporary" 5 stored houses were built. At that times there was a belief that Russian people just a few steps away from the total Communism and full abundance, and so that to commit those few steps state built houses just for a while, for a few years, that were planned to be replaced after the Communism would come into play to the big nice houses. Years passed, Soviet Union collapsed, state became capitalistic and all seemed to forget about the real purpose of those residential structures - almost all of these houses are still intact and inhabited and people even don't mind living there. So in one of such houses there lived a young mother leaving her stroller down. The neighbors were against, though were not saying this into her face, rather making some things when she was not looking, like, as she was saying: "First
they became putting different crap in my stroller: cigarette butts, water, other garbage. We cleared it up, and put an announcement asking neighbors to send all their questions directly to us and leave the stroller. The neighbors got quit for a while, but then they started another action: they became throwing the stroller downstairs, so we had to tie it to the wall. Then the neighbors decided to tie the stroller too with their own lock. We had to break their lock with applier. Then they spoiled our lock. So we decided to check who is that neighbor doing all this. Put the webcam, connected it to the PC to record the movement, put the stroller back down there and started watching. Of course, we have missed everything, but then checked the records and here are they..." Then Russian readers of lady blog got divided in two parts. First expressed sympathy to the young mother and were cursing her neighbors, others on contrary started threads about how bad was she causing the neighbors discomfort with that baby stroller. We have only the video to see.
People of Russian North know that eating food raw, as it is, or better to say as it was in nature, can be very beneficial to your health. The only problem that the only food during long polar nights available in raw state in these lands is meat and blood - the flesh of the freshly killed deers they breed. So, they eat it as it is - raw and uncooked. People say, that this is the only
source of vitamins, especially vitamin C for them, and due to this habit they maintain to survive in severe Northern climates for hundreds of years. Children participate in such bloody lunches since the early age and perceive the taste of raw flesh and blood in no other words as "Tasty! Delicious! Awesome!" or even "The best thing to eat in whole life".
In Russia there is a belief that if you get a ticket while on public transportation or just in movies, and the sum of the first half of the digits of the ticket number match to the sum of the second half, then you are holding a happy ticket, which, if to be eaten promptly, can bring luck to your life. During Soviet times, it was a must to check the ticket when you are in bus and to calculate in mind automatically if it's good to be considered magical or not, if yes - then to put it in the mouth in one sneaky move so that nobody around could see you doing this, then chew thoroughly and swallow. Thousands of people did this, not just little kids,
though the kids were probably the champions by the amount of eaten tickets. Probably in order to refresh this tradition, Russian Department of Transport has ordered cookies from Russian designers at artlebedev.ru that were made in a form of a Russian bus ticket, they have numbers on them too, and all the numbers are "lucky". It has many chances to become popular among people giving them sweet nostalgie feeling about their youth times when they were checking each and every ticket in hope of getting one lucky piece, and to tell their children or grand-children about this during the evening tea.