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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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The Bell Ringer

by on Jul.22, 2014, under Crime, Culture, Health, History, Religion

Sergey Bogdanov, 28, was on vacation from Russia, spending time in the village of Mandrem. He visited a local temple to take pictures. sergey1

He told Russian media by telephone, "It seemed really peaceful here and the locals are friendly, all that changed when I went to a local temple to take a few pictures and I saw a bell which I rang."

mandrem He wasn't aware that the bell was sacred, and is only rung for Puja, which entails showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. temple_bell For this act, Sergey Bogdanov, from the Russian seaport city of Kaliningrad, said he was badly beaten by a mob after ringing the bell and was even refused help by doctors.

"Before I knew it there was a mob rushing up to the temple and I was dragged out onto the streets and kicked and beaten with sticks."

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‘Some monks dragged me away from the mob but they then didn’t help me at all, and I had to make my own way to the local medical centre where the doctors had heard about my apparently sacrilegious act – and they also refused to help me other than giving me a few bandages."

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“My wallet and my money had vanished and I had no alternative but to go back to my accommodation in agony. I managed to get a telephone message to my mother who flew over immediately but I need paperwork and money to fly back with her. My poor mother almost had a heart attack when she saw me, she is doing her best to look after me but I need proper medical attention that I can only get it seems in Russia.” Mr Bogdanov has appealed to Putin to help him get the paperwork and a ticket back home via the Russian Embassy in Mumbai.
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Life on the Edge

by on Jul.06, 2013, under Crime, Family, Health, Weapons

Julia Popova struggled with the attacker as he tried to grab her handbag as she was walking home from work. After the incident, she calmly walked to her parents' house in Moscow. When she got home her horrified parents noticed the copious bleeding and knife protruding from the wound. They rushed her to hospital. Surgeons were able to remove the blade, just a fraction of a cm. from her spinal cord, without permanent injury. russian_knifeattack One medic said, “Shock had kicked in and her body prevented her from feeling any pain. She simply walked home without feeling the knife in her back.”
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Life Underground In Odessa

by on Sep.23, 2011, under History, Miscellaneous, Recreation, War and Terrorism

The catacombs in Odessa, near Kiev, Ukraine, span more than 1500 miles. Originally dug for mining stone for construction, they grew from 1794 until they were abandoned in the 1980's. During World War II, some citizens lived in the catacombs for a year or more, and people occasionally stumble upon equipment and weapons.

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And then there's the occasional dead body. A woman entered the catacombs with a large group to celebrate New Year 2005. Like a lot of the partygoers, she passed out. When they woke up in the morning, the others left, not realizing they had left someone behind. The woman was apparently unable to find her way out of the extensive maze of tunnels, and her remains were discovered two years later.
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Wheelchair Games

by on Jul.26, 2011, under Culture, Health, Technology

If you're confined to a wheelchair, you want to live somewhere that's wheelchair accessible. Dmitri Bibiko, 32, was disabled in a climbing accident. When he bought his fifth floor apartment in Voronezh, the local council promised that an elevator would be installed in the building so he could get in and out on his own. After six years he became frustrated. "When I bought the flat," he explained, "I had been told an elevator would be built - but after waiting six years I decided to take matters into my own hands. Living on the fifth floor without a lift was a nightmare because I couldn't get in or out of the block without someone's help. It was like being in a prison - so I decided to sort it out myself." So with the assistance of friends, Dmitri built his own wheelchair lift. Before the accident he was a skydiver and mountaineer, and he has good upper body strength. "I used to do a lot of mountaineering before I had an accident which crippled me, so my arms are really strong and I can get from my flat to the ground and back up again before other people living on the same floor." When its not in use, the winch stays on the fifth floor. It can be lowered from his apartment or from the ground level. Controls allow him to raise and lower the lift, and move him over the balcony of his flat. It's not certain that the council will allow Dmitri to keep his lift but so far they haven't done anything.
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каким крокодила

by on Jul.09, 2011, under Crime, Culture, Drugs, Health

Russia is thought to have more heroin users than any other country in the world – up to two million, according to unofficial estimates. Most addicts commit street crimes to support their habit: Many end up in prison, contract hepatitis or HIV, and die young. Russian addicts consume 75 to 80 tons of Afghan heroin each year, and an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Russians die in drug-related incidents annually.

A couple enjoys the glamor of heroin use

Efforts to stem the flow of Afghan heroin into Russia have had some limited success, and the price of heroin has climbed, making it unobtainable for some addicts,

So the lower echelons of the drug society had to find an alternative. Codeine is readily available over the counter in Russia. Add some gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous scraped from matche, and a sterile environment.

You end up with desomorphine. It's much more powerful than heroin, and can be made at a small fraction of the cost. But there are side effects, like the one that gives it its street name, Krokodil.

It was given its reptilian name because it rapidly turns the skin scaly. As you continue to use it, the side effects get worse.

The skin turns gray, and literally rots and falls away

exposing muscle and bone. If you miss the vein, there's an immediate abscess.

Most users are aware of the side effects, and go back to heroin as soon as they can afford it,

Hopefully before something falls off.

So stay away from krokodil and stick with heroin.

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It’ll Grow On You

by on Dec.05, 2010, under Health, Kids, Technology

Nine-year-old Ming Li from the Henan Province in China lost her hand when she was run over by a tractor on her way to school. Doctors felt that her arm was too badly damaged to reattach it right away.

Doctors felt that the prospects would be improved if they could let the arm heal for three months. But as we know from movies, a detached hand becomes obsessed with murder on its own. So they tempoarily grafted it.

She was waited on hand and foot until it was reattached.

The operation was performed by a medical team at a hospital in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. “When she came in, her left hand was completely severed from her body. It was very scary. But Ming Li can now move her wrist again and her left hand is a healthy pink color proving that the blood is circulating well”, said Spokesman Dr Hou Jianxi. Growing replacement body parts on our own bodies has been the subject of research for some time. Malik, a 30 year old Russian born with deformed genitals volunteered for a replacement. His defect, originating at birth, was a crooked tiny penis and no scrotum. The doctors removed his penis and reattached it to his arm. Using his own body tissue, it grew to about six and a half inches. Too bad he didn't work out more. Silicone tubes were inserted to ensure that he could have an erection, and a scrotum was created from his own skin. Artificial testicles were inserted. It took ten months to grow, and a Moscow surgeon says that women won't be able to tell its artificial. There is no word as to where he bought his shirts.
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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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