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World War I Centennial: Schlieffen Is Dead, but His Plan Lives On

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Double Helix Cloud

Photo: Netall.ru On Christmas Eve, residents in Moscow, Russia, saw a strange sight in the sky: a cloud shaped like a DNA double helix. Is it contrail or a divine sign from the Flying [...]

Russia designs new spaceship

Russian rocket corporation Energia has completed the designs of a brand new manned spacecraft. Hot on the heels of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, Russia…

WWI Centennial: The Conference of London Convenes

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass [...]

Photobombing the Photographer

Hello! Your quarry is behind you! This delightful picture was taken at the Kabardino-Balkaria reserve in Russia. Commenters believe this goat is either a Caucasian Tur or an Alpine ibex. Either way, it’s a big goat! Link -via reddit

Beautiful Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

They don’t last long, but they are works of art for a short time in winter. Flavorwire has a roundup of homes, hotels, igloos, castles, and art buildings made from ice and snow. Such structures are found in Romania, Russia, Sweden, China, Canada, and the U.S. Even in New Mexico! Shown here is The Celestial [...]

The Literary Bond vs. the Movie Version

How does the 007 of film stack up against the original Ian Fleming books? Author Allen Bara contrasts the Bond of the novels with the cinematic Bond so many more people are familiar with. The agent that Ian Fleming created was not physically imposing, his tastes in food and drink were almost plebeian, he wasn’t [...]

Link Latte 191

#191 – Week of November 7, 2012 Here’s who should’ve been elected – [The Hero!] Amazing List of Disney’s Historic Failures – [interesting] Spaceship House Built Outside Moscow – [pics, transl.] Stunning Surreal Art: Igor Morski – [wow art] Have fun exploding nuclear bombs & supervolcanoes – [cool site] SuperStratos: Impressive Huge Futuristic Plane – [scifi art] Super-Bizarre Flower Structures – [futurism [...]

Scarf Charting the Population of Russia over Time

You’re looking at a bar chart showing the growth of Russia’s population from the years 1500 to 2000. A blogger who goes by the moniker Russian Sphinx crocheted it to entertain her cat and keep warm. Link -via Explore

Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States. In some Alaskan towns, schools and businesses will close early and there will be parades and reenactments of the flag raising that sealed the transfer deal. If you can’t make it up there for the festivities, let’s celebrate [...]