There is a piece of what was before a glorious Russian shuttle "Buran", staying in front of one of the Moscow hospitals. It hasn't been placed there as a monument or something. People who know its history tell that once when the Soviet Union collapsed they sold much of high-technology costly hardware for just some pennies to people who didn't even know what to do with all this.
For example, this head module of Buran shuttle in some mysterious way appeared in ownership of the hospital. They couldn't find a better use for it to make a pressure chamber. Then they found out that they have not enough funds to make such chamber, so, they decided, the best use of this piece of space relic is to sell it for scrap metal.
Late 1929. The young Soviet Empire was just getting to its giant feet. Bitterness and tears of the WWI and the Civil War were already behind. The civilized and developed countries were looking at the newly emerged country in a very intent and examining way, trying to predict what this dark horse could come up with on the political map of the half-ruined world. In
Germany National Socialist German Workers' Party headed by Hitler was growing in leaps and bounds, The Triple Entente’s former allies were keeping their eyes wide open as well. That was the right time to convince the world that the new country, formed on the basis of torn and suffering Russia, had new heroes and new achievements.
We all get used to those small "best before" or "expiry" labels stamped on the items from the grocery stores, but it looks like some much bigger in size things like tanks can have an expiration date too. Here's what the Russian blogger, ex soldier writes: "Last summer I visited the army camp as a soldier, in the tanks unit. And that's what we've done there. Every soldier was given a crowbar, hammers, set of wrenches and unlimited free time to crush all you can crush with all those
tools. Dashboards, electronic fillings, plastic fittings etc. can be easily first crashed, then the next step is more challenging - with wrenches you need to loose all screws you can reach." All the tanks are new, just from the warehouse. The only reason why they should be destroyed is their expiration date. They come to this tank slaughter house by their own, not towed or dragged just to become a pile of scrap metal days later.
That happened recently in Kiev, Ukraine. The driver of a SUV got speeding in the city, then he was moving to fast to notice the warning lights or road construction signs and went straight to the 17 meter (over 50 feet) deep pit road
workers left uncovered on the road. Down there it was met by the pingles of metal carcass, so it was literary poked through, then same moment it got on fire too, leaving absolutely no chances for the passengers.
Sometimes they use the parts of planes in designs of houses etc, but mainly those are detached villas or some sort of bars or cafes like this one Russian plane bar. Those Russian house owners went even
further and attached for some reason a Russian TU jet body to the second floor of the multi stored building. If that's an appartment, then just imagine how jealous are the neighbours are now.
In Russia you often can see small kiosks selling hot food. For many years of Soviet rain it was not hotdogs or hamburgers. Such western dishes stayed unknown to Russian people. Instead they were eating the dishes that even can't be translated but should be named with their original Russian names, such as "Chebureks" "Belyash" or "Hichin". Mostly those were fried small patties with various feelings and were adored by almost any Russian. They didn't know the term "vegetarian" at that times in Russia too, and
nobody cared. Though there were many urban legends that it's a good chance to buy a cheburek made of stray dogs or cats, pigeons or even rats. You could say "those rumours were spread by the competitors", but there were no any, in Soviet times. People often told that even many of the famous Russian fur hats were made of the fur of poor stray animals. Anyways, here is the story of one Cheburek, how it is usually cooked by one of the modern famous Russian cooks.