• Tanks Made Out Of Snow And Ice, Because Russia [19 Photos]

    When it snows here in America, we make the best of it, building snowmen or igloos or furniture to sit on and enjoy a few ice beers with friends. However, as Sweden and Napoleon learned, Russians see winter as a time of warfare. And even with Charles XII and the Swedish Empire long gone, Russians are still on alert in the winter, even going so far as to build tanks out of snow and ice. Or maybe, rather than fearing an attack from a long-gone emperor, the snow tanks were built for a contest held by online game World of Tanks. Either way, I’ll stay out of Russia for the time being.

  • Impressive Work From Russia’s Ice Sculpting Championship [33 Photos]

    I believe there is an old Russian saying “when life hands you freezing temperatures, endless snow, and vast expanses of barren land, host Ice Sculpting Cup of Russia.” I made up that saying, but I certainly believe it because that’s just what Russia did. After all, what else is there to do in the Ural city of Perm, where the population has been steadily decreasing since the 80s? 40 ice and snow sculptors from more than 10 countries were invited to create works that symbolized their home countries. The giant ice sculpture celebrating the Russian circus is pretty cool (ha!), but we can’t help but notice the lack of America-themed sculptures. What’s the deal, Russia?

  • Siberian Parody Of “Shake It Off” [Video]

    Zloi Mambet is from a Siberian rural community in Russia and he is proud of his roots. In an effort to show off the people and places he loves so much, he’s been creating parody videos of pop songs. In his latest video, the Siberian Weird Al tackles Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” It’s weird and fun and pretty awesome to see people and places most of us would never even think of seeing.

  • Russian Surfers Are Insane [20 Photos]

    What do you do when you live in Vladivostok on Russia’s Pacific Coast and wish to go surfing in the winter? You make sure your wetsuit has enough room for your massive balls and you go catch some waves. Salt life, comrade! Even when it’s 5 degrees and snowing, these Russians go out and surf. They say they can stay in the water for up to an hour and a half, then it’s back to the car to warm up with some tea or coffee before jumping back into the freezing ocean. It’s 25 degrees here and I won’t even walk across the street fully covered in winter gear to get a coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

  • 25 Album Covers From The Soviet Union That Are As Awkward As You’d Imagine

    Politics aside, one thing we can all agree upon is that communists are not a fashionable bunch. Viewing fashion and style as a disgusting capitalist display of bourgeoisie opulence, with Jordache jeans ever out of reach, taunting the proletariat, the leaders of the Soviet Union were sure to quash such flamboyance. But those ever rebellious Soviet musicians, eschewing the muted brown suits of Mr. Trololo himself, Eduard Khil, yearned for the western opulence they saw on bootleg album covers. The only problem was recreating rock and roll extravagance in their bleak Soviet homeland, dotted with grim reminders of the failure of communism and the occasional yurt. But, God bless their commie hearts, they tried like the dickens. Below are some fine examples of Soviet musicians putting on their best rock star faces and totally failing. The rest of the series, featuring 70 albums in total, can be viewed at English Russia. Say what you want about the ever widening gap between the rich and poor that results from capitalism, but at least our rock stars know how to look like confident badasses.

  • Moscow’s Mercury City Tower Crowned the Tallest Building in Europe [5 Photos]

    Moscow’s new Mercury City skyscraper is still under construction, but it just broke 339 meters in height this September – making it the tallest building in Europe! The tower is part of a large-scale construction project for one of Moscow’s emerging financial districts, and it has eclipsed Renzo Piano’s Shard Skyscraper in London by 29 meters.

 

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