54 Where is Buran Now?

Where is Buran Now?

Some people asked, what happened to the Buran afterwards? Here is a photo session  from Ukrainian site about what is now with
Buran. It is standing in the lonely place at Baikonur, not covered with any sort of hangar or anything.
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8 Why Tow a Boat If You Can Drive It On Highway?

Why Tow a Boat If You Can Drive It On Highway?

When you go fishing, why should you tow a boat if you can drive it right on the highway? Here is an example of Russian boat that can move
across the highways as a regular car.   It even has plates and officially registered as a on-ground transportation mean.
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18 Russian Offroad Trucks

Russian Offroad Trucks

Russian military men know that the country has bad roads. So they create special Russian army trucks that can pass through places where there are almost no roads at all.
How about this one, this is Russian ZIL truck with 8 x 8 full time drive for all its 16 wheels! Look what sound it makes while cruising across the field:
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9 The Hole From a Bullet

The Hole From a Bullet

This is the photo from the Russian army museum. One can see here a big hole in what was once a helicopter facing part. This hole was
made by a machine gun bullet that can be seen inside the hole. The hole itself tens times bigger than a bullet.
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35 Postal Trick

Postal Trick

Many USA ecommerce shops don’t send their goods to Russia or to the countries of the Ex-USSR. Some shops send but delivery costs differ greatly from the homeland ones, they are usually much bigger. So what did some Russians invented? They got a way to fool the delivery. It’s no secret that many bigger shops use electronic systems processing orders. So in order to see if this address is in USA or Canada it uses ZIP code, state or province name  and words “USA” or “CANADA”. So what was possible to do is to put totally Russian address in the order delivery form,
like: Moscow, Lenin St. 20, Russia in the address fields, usually there is a plenty of space to enter long things like this, and in the field country they put Canada in the field ZIP code – Canadian zip code. What happens next? The parcel travels to Canada, to the area to which the specified ZIP code belongs and there postal workers just see it’s not a Canadian address but Russian. They consider it to be some sort of mistake and forward it further, to Russia. Here is a sample parcel that a guy in Russia got this way:
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24 Russian Hummer

Russian Hummer

There was not only a Space Shuttle cloned in Russia, now meet Soviet Hummer, another strange thing Made in Russia. It is equipped with American Cummins B-180 engine, with 5.9 volume, with this one resembling Hummer even more.  Even with such an engine it’s maximum speed is
claimed to be only 65 mp/h (130 km/h), why need more on such roads we have seen? They called it “The Tiger”, it sounds like oriental names like “The Silent Crawling Tiger” or so, and why wonder, more than half of Russia is situated in Asia.
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volga gaz-21
62 Volga M6

Volga M6

What if somebody take Russian car from 1970s, Volga GAZ-21 like on the picture below: And mix it with ultra new BMW M6? Like this one
for example:  So what they would have as a result of such a mixture? Probably Volga M6 Cabrio like this one below:
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33 House Made from Matches

House Made from Matches

It seems to be an old Russian tradition to make houses from matches as a gift or just for fun. Do you want to
learn how to build a house from matches? Here is a little howto from the Russian artist G. Wolf.  
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6 Space Ads

Space Ads

Russian space agency started offering commercials placement on the body of space rockets and on the launch facility complex around the rocket, same way as it’s done on the sport matches etc. They
offer to place the ads across all the rocket, barriers across the launch site, big concrete structures across rocket gas vent, you can see places marked with arrows on the picture below.
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36 First Russian Mobile Phone

First Russian Mobile Phone

 This is the photo of the first Soviet cellular phone. The development of such devices has started in 1958 as a cooperative project by the group of the Soviet scientists from different cities. It was a fully functional mobile phone that was placed in the car of the
Soviet elite. It had a full duplex link and in order to dial a phone one had just pick up the receiver and dial a number using this big square buttons with letters and digits on them. On the first models there were even old-style round dial.
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