Russian happy ticket cookie
22 Happy Ticket Cookies

Happy Ticket Cookies

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 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.
Russian Mountains near Murmans, Hibini Mountains
20 Hibini Mountains

Hibini Mountains

We have mentioned some time ago the abandoned cities of Kola Peninsula, left by people and Russian army, now standing alone with only severe Northern winds inhabiting them. This place is also on Kola Cape, but they got
better fate. One of the reasons for this is because of the Hibini mountains, which got this region a travel twist. Now around some abandoned Soviet structures one can use the ski lifts and skiing trace.
Russians throwing shoes in Bush photo
82 I Won’t Miss

I Won’t Miss

Tens of Russian young men and women have gathered in Moscow to participate in strange action. They have all got there to... throw their shoes in the
photo of George Bush and some other people, that were drawn on the basketball stand. The slogan of the action was "I won't miss!".
April day Lenin blown up prank
69 April Lenin Prank

April Lenin Prank

Today is April the First, the April's Fool day, many people are busy doing jokes and pranks on their coleagues and friends. In Russia this tradition is also recognized and many do funny and sometimes not-so-funny stuff. Probably, the most loud prank that hit today's Russia was a prank made by the group of youngsters of St.Petersburg. They have found somewhere explosives, equaled to 300g TNT, and put it inside the iron steel Lenin monument
standing on the city square across the railway station. Then at four o'clock in the morning they blew up the explosives so starting early morning of April, 1st 2009 all coming to St.Petersburg railway station or leaving thru it have seen a new look of Lenin monument, with a hole "in the back" as it was called by Russian media, but if to be honest that's not back, but some body part that is lower than the back.
Odessa shuttle bus
24 Odessa Shuttle Bus

Odessa Shuttle Bus

If you had flight to Odessa, you could be met in the weirdest airport shuttle bus I've seen. Actually, it's not even a bus but a part of bus
towed by a Russian "ZIL" truck. And also it has an ad at the backside, this ad reads "Ceremonial services. Call agent to your home".
Russian police girls at Police beauty contest, photo by Goldenshtein Y.
17 Russian Police and Human Feelings [updated]

Russian Police and Human Feelings [updated]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700" caption=""Russian police girls at Police beauty contest" photo by Goldenshtein Y."][/caption] A collection
of photos that have one thing in commong - Russian policeman (or sometimes police lady) and some human emotion taking place at the same time.
11 Russian Wireless Phone from 1958

Russian Wireless Phone from 1958

This is and excerpt from the article of Russian newspaper back from 1958. It tells that: "Young Soviet engineer has assembled a wireless phone that can be connected to the city phone line via 'electro-magnetic' waves. The new model of his phone has a size not more than two cigarette boxes and weights 500g (together with the battery), thanks to this the device can be widely used not only for organizations but also for the personal use. Using this pocket radio phone anyone can call landline number from wherever he is and also he can be called by any landline user." It sounds bit naive these days, but if back in 1958 it could be
really innovative and advanced, especially for a Soviet Russian citizen who was not got used to a gadget abundance. Russian authorities didn't let this happen, the device was not in mass production, and was not available for general public, probably for security and censorship reasons states had in mind, so Russian people had a chance to get the personal mobile phone only after Soviet Union collapsed - just 20 years ago first cell phones and other modification of mobile devices appeared on sale in Russia. On photo there is that "Young Soviet engineer together with his phone".
Russian abandoned towns
46 Dead Towns of Kola

Dead Towns of Kola

Kola peninsula is a cape in North-Western Russia. This region borders Norway and Finland and has direct access to the Northern Ocean. Because of it's prevailing strategic position it was valued much by Russian army and hundreds of army bases were placed on the peninsula. During 1990s Russian army got tremendous budget cut off and had to cut its costs. One of the way to save for the army was to give up some bases and concentrate bases from bordering locations to one. So it was done and many of the army bases were abandoned. Then the other way to reduce costs was to pay less to the personnel, so during 1990s many Russian soldiers and officers had to give up Army service cause they couldn't sustain normal living from it.
Especially at the Northern territories where it was impossible to keep natural living sources like gardens or domestic animals. People naturally fled from North. The apartments prices were falling down at just lightning speed rates, going to as low as $2000 for a 4 room flat, and then it all finished up with hundreds of residential multi-stored houses stayed abandoned with no occupancy. Army has built a lot of small cities during the Soviet period around its military objects. Those were left first. Now tens of such towns stay all across Kola Peninsula not visited, not inhabited. Here are just some photos from the empty streets of Kola Peninsula Ex-Army Town.
Russian parking in Ukraine 3

14 Parking Sand

Parking Sand

What has happened to this parking lot in Kiev is following. At night there was flood that brough a lot of water and sand to the places below some level and then in the morning the water was
gone but sand and dirt stayed at its place, so when the car owners came to drive out from the lot they found their cars half stuck in sand, right in the middle of the city.
Russian car Mitsubishi 1

15 Pickles and Lamps

Pickles and Lamps

Russian drivers complain: "Mitsubishi Galant headlamps on cars coming from USA tend to break each every time there is a damp weather
and fog lamps on." But now seems they have found a great solution to this problem with the help of Russian pickles cans.

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