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Swing On A Scar

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Culture, Games, Recreation

The thrill that you get from achieving that goal, whether flying a plane, running a race, or shagging a sheep, diminishes every time you repeat the feat. The Piper Cub pilot might aspire to a Learjet, the 5K runner might take on a marathon, and sheep shagger wait stop why would anybody do that?! bungee1 You take the first leap of faith, and want to experience the same thrill, so you take it to greater heights. bungee2 After you've once again reached that plateau, you take it to the extreme. rbung5 The Moscow based Sinner Team has been practicing extreme stunts since 2008. Despite the extreme nature of their sports, they play it safe. Here a group member makes sure the bungee doesn't tangle as a colleague takes a 250 foot leap from the tower. rbung3 It's immediately noticeable when the end of the bungee is reached and it starts to stretch. rbung4 But there's no need to worry, when the harness is firmly attached to the body. rbung2 The Sinners prepare for their jumps by inserting four metal bars to which the harness will attach through skin piercings. The piercings are temporary, just for the occasion. rbung1 They jump and record their expressions as the harness tightens. rbung7 Then they land triumphantly. We wonder what they'll hang from when the thrill is over this time.
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Out In The Cold

by on Sep.12, 2010, under War and Terrorism, Weapons

During the Cold War, Russia and the United States raced to have the biggest stockpile of nuclear missiles in the world. We were assured that each side could destroy the earth many times over.  To keep the other side from knowing exactly how many missiles there really were, and where they were located, they were transported on trucks and trains, and launched from underground silos and portable platforms. The US built the Nike Missile, named after the shoe is so closely resembled.

Missiles underground could be made ready for launch in minutes.

Once a big secret, now the cold war relics are abandoned, or on exhibit.

So it's really not all that interesting anymore.  But the Soviet Union was our opponent in the Cold War, and they had their own technology.

Here's the S300 Mobile Missile Launcher.

The sites are as well maintained as those of their old enemy.

Some of the equipment has been modernized and is still in use.  This mobile radar, communications, and launching system still look usable.

This has to be obsolete unused equipment or we wouldn't have pictures. But there's still power nearby.

Some of the facilities are freshly painted.

The wiring has all been updated to state-of-the-art.

Most of the intact structures have been gutted inside.  The control station and transmitter are gone from this operating position.

The perimeter is still secured.

Perhaps waiting for the day when it's needed once again.

To alert people of the danger, the trucks are labelled "Do Not Touch".

Which is good because there's no obvious danger.

Next time you're in Russia, go for a tour of missile bases.  They're open to everyone.

And you can find souvenirs all over.

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