Russian salt mines look like they were born in the 1970s

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Who knew abandoned salt mines could get so… groovy. Deep beneath the Russian city of Yekatinberg, there exists miles and miles of abandoned mines that will make you believe you’re on a trip. A different kind of trip, if you know what I mean. The following images show the salt mines’ psychedelic patterns embedded on its walls, giving you Mother Nature’s brand of rave.

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Meet the 73-year-old Russian biker-granny, Anna Petukhova

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 9 January 2014

Anna Petukhova is no ordinary granny. This 73-year-old is ‘the most unusual postwoman in the Kaluga region, Russia’. Completely solo, Anna delivers post, pensions and food on her personal ATV to 11 half-abandoned villages. She started working as a postwoman in 1995 and ‘for many people she gives the only chance to communicate with the […]

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If Snowden reviewed Moscow Airport on TripAdvisor

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Now that Russia has granted Edward Snowden asylum, it’s only natural that Snowden should at least leave a review of the Moscow Airport, where he spent five agonising weeks at wondering where he could go next. It’s fictitious, of course (‘NO ONE TAKES AMERICAN EXPRESS’), but the sheer earnestness is ridiculously hilarious.

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The Polyomino Game: fashion by two geometrically obsessed designers

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By Aroha Silhouettes in New Fashion on Wednesday 17 July 2013

The Polyomino Game is a collaboration between Russia-based fashion designer Lisa Shahno and jewellery designer Tania Hennessy of Aroha Silhouettes in Canada. Over a span of six months each designer created seven unique pieces following a set of specific rules. In November 2012, the Polyomino Game came to an end with a photoshoot in Moscow, […]

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In Russia, these checkout machines know if you’re moody or happy

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 12 July 2013

Yes, in Russia, if you’re shopping at one of the 280 outlets of cosmetics chain Ulybka Radugi, you can check out your purchases, and the emotions on your face. The makeup chain has equipped checkout counters with cameras and emotion recognition software to do a face scan. Combined with the shopper’s shopping records from the […]

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Photos of pristine Russian wildlife by Sergel Gorshkov

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Friday 28 June 2013

These photos of Wrangel Island by Sergey Gorshkov reveal a land frozen and untouched by the outside world. Wildlife is pristine and natural in this Russian haven. Each photo seems candid, as if Gorshkov is the paparazzi for animals in Russia. My favorite is the clever fox driving the goose away from it’s nest in order to steal […]

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Photographs of magnificent tattoos on Russian criminals by Sergei Vasiliev

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 19 June 2013

The Russian Criminal Tattoo Archive documents Russian criminals’ tattoos and their coded meanings — and includes tattoo drawings by prison guard Danzig Baldaev and photographs by Sergei Vasiliev. This set of photographs by Vasiliev were taken in between 1989 and 1993 in prisons and reform settlements across Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Tagil, Perm and St Petersburg. Reading […]

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President Putin solves road congestion by helicopter commuting

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Saturday 1 June 2013

President Vladimir Putin is fed up with bad traffic. So the man decided to solve the issue by commuting to work via helicopter. Why helicopter? One, because the huge motor parade lead by his Mercede’s limousine  causes terrible traffic congestion. The people of Russia were so infuriated by this daily traffic jam that they began […]

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Download this Russian bar and install at your place

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 17 April 2013

The design for APTEK Bar is fantastic: everything is so clean and unfinished; the tables and barstools fit perfectly together. And not only is the design great, but the original design files from Lesha Galkin and Dopludo Collective are literally being given away. Download a copy and bring the bar home today.

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Stunning Russian fire and ice caves

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Saturday 9 March 2013

The bizarre combination of freezing cold winter and active volcanos are married together in these stunning photos by Denis Budko. The two seemingly opposite elements are found existing harmoniously in the cave of the far east peninsula known Kamchatka in Russia. Until 1991, the caves were strictly off limits to foreigners. But ever since the […]

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Strikingly fluorescent thin-section photographs of meteorites

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 5 March 2013

Meteorites have taken on a relatively sinister hue lately, following the aftershock in Russia’s Chelyabinsk that injured hundreds of people and crippled mobile networks. Looking at Tom Phillips’ thin-section microscopic photographs of meteorites, though, alien debris just looks cool in a a benign sort of way. To craft the images, Philips skips Photoshop and color […]

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Russia’s wild roads, as seen by dashcam

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Russia’s obsession with dashboard cameras came to the world’s attention last week when the said gadget captured dramatic footage of an exploding meteor. This compilation of videos from Russia’s road however shows an altogether unique side to life there.

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170 foot long trampoline track in a Russian forest

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By Maria Niarchos in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 January 2013

If you could make the drive to work a thing of the past by jumping your way along a massive trampoline, you’d do it, right? Salto Architects decided it’d be a damn good idea to try out, installing a 170 foot long trampoline track in a Russian forest. The brains behind the design had a bigger plan that just installing a whole heap of fun, though. Renowned for blurring the different levels of architecture, Salto set out to challenge the concept of infrastructure that shows an ignorance to its surroundings. They wanted to evoke a conversation; new thoughts about the way we move. Bigger-picture-thinking, lawsuits and insurance aside, I’m sold on the whole ‘hop, skip and a jump’ thing.

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Crazy Russian Acrobatics

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By Shaun Lynch in Video on Thursday 20 December 2012

Say whatever xenophobic thing you like about the Russians, but some of them are definitely not afraid of heights. If you have an aversion to radio towers, probably don’t watch this.

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170 foot long trampoline in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in Cool Travel on Monday 17 December 2012

Estonian architectural firm, Salto, constructed a 170 foot long trampoline for the Archstoyanie festival in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia. The festival, which focuses on architecture and the forest, is talked of as a smaller, Russian version of Burning Man.

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