Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Chelonia mydas

This is a green turtle (Chelonia mydas).

Green turtle under water

What a good thing for turtle soup for XMas Eve!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Carlos III

225 years ago, December, 14, 1788, the King of Spain Charles III died at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

 Bust of King Charles III in Universidad Carlos III in Madrid

As king of Spain he tried to rescue his empire from decay through far-reaching reforms such as weakening the Church and its monasteries, promoting science and university research, facilitating trade and commerce, modernizing agriculture and avoiding wars.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Menelik II

100 years ago, December 12, Menelik II died. He was the most unusual Emperor of Ethiopia and one of the strangest head of state in history.

Future Emperor of Ethiopia was born August 17, 1844 in Angolala, Shewa. He was baptized as Sahle Maryam.

He became Negus of Shewa in 1866 and was proclaimed a descendant of the legendary Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

New Temperature Record: –91.2C

Coldest place on Earth discovered on Antarctic mountain Dome-F where temperatures plummet to below -91C. Such conditions could freeze a human's eyes, nose and lungs within minutes.


The newly discovered spots are even chillier than Soviet Vostok research station (now Russian), where the world’s previous coldest air temperature of –89.2C was recorded in 1983.

Have a nice day!

Friday, 6 December 2013

96 years ago: Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion occurred near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the morning of December 6, 1917.

Before the atomic bomb on Hiroshima it was the worst man-made explosion in history...

Halifax Explosion

World War I was more than 3 years old... French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc fully loaded with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

RIP, Nelson

Former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg at the age of 95...

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, then a part of South Africa's Cape Province.

One of last shot of Mandela

He spent more than 27 years in prisons. In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment, but was paroled by President Frederic de Klerk.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Whale explosion

The whale died from natural causes, as it entered too shallow waters and was not able to escape.

It was left for two days in the water, so the intestines had started to ferment and rot. This resulted in a pressure buildup, as can be seen in this video.

Sperm Whale explodes in the Faroe Islands while a man is trying to open his stomach. Sperm Whales are not killed in the Faroe Islands, this one died from natural causes.

Credit: Faroese national television.

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Sunday, 1 December 2013


Today is a first day of winter!

Winter in Kuznetsk Alatau

Have a nice day!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Ukraine: First Blood

Ukraine's political opposition has said it will call a country-wide general strike to force the resignation.

First Blood in Ukraine

Some 10,000 demonstrators against the Ukraine's decision to not sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union descended on a square outside a monastery early Saturday in response to a police crackdown on the earlier protests.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Survivors of Suicide Day

National Survivors of Suicide Day was designated by the United States Congress as a day when the friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. This day always falls on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving.

A girl caught after suicide attempt

In 1999, Senator Harry Reid introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of National Survivors of Suicide Day. He is a survivor of his father's suicide. As citizens of other countries began observing the day in their local communities, it was renamed as International Survivors of Suicide Day.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013


This is an alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii).

Macrochelys temminckii

What a good thing for turtle soup for any holiday!

Have a nice day!

Monday, 18 November 2013


Fifty people are killed when Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashes at Kazan Airport.

The Flight was a scheduled domestic passenger flight operated by Tatarstan Airlines on behalf of Ak Bars Aero from Moscow to Kazan, Russia. On 17 November 2013, at 7:20 p.m. local time, a Boeing 737-500 crashed at Kazan International Airport while attempting to land, killing all 44 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

Boeing 737-53A in May 2001

There were no survivors.

Thursday, 14 November 2013


What is Surtsey? Where is it?

50 years ago, by 11:00 on 14 November 1963, the eruption column had reached several kilometres in height. At first the eruptions took place at three separate vents along a northeast by southwest trending fissure, but by the afternoon the separate eruption columns had merged into one along the erupting fissure.

The Birth of Surtsey

Over the next week, explosions were continuous, and after just a few days the new island, formed mainly of scoria, measured over 500 metres (1640 ft) in length and had reached a height of 45 metres (147 ft).

Happy Birthday, Surtsey!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Awesome Cape Town

The central area of Cape Town aka Kaapstad and the Waterfront Harbour as seen from Table Mountain.


The Island on the left is Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was kept imprisoned for so many years.

Awesome bird's-eye view!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

1991 and 2011

November 7 was in a main holiday in the USSR.

Parade, 1970s.

And last days of the Soviet Union...

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


November 5, 1913 small Alaskan town of Sitka was incorporated and became the City of Sitka.

Russian House, 1907

Sitka's location was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago. In 1799 Russians founded a settlement which named Novoarhangelsk (literally New Arhalgelsk).

Saturday, 26 October 2013


The Football Association is the governing body of football in England.

Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in England.

The England national football team before playing a match against Scotland, 1893

The FA sanctions all competitive football matches in England at national level, and indirectly at local level through the County Football Associations. It runs numerous competitions, the most famous of which is the FA Cup. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the men's, women's and youth national football teams.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Montparnasse derailment

4 PM on October 22, 1895... Gare de Montparnasse.

Montparnasse derailment

An express train overruns a buffer stop due to the driver approaching the station too fast and Westinghouse air brake failure, and crosses about 30 metres of concourse before plummeting through a window.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Toketee Falls

Toketee Falls is a waterfall in Douglas County, Oregon, United States, on the North Umpqua River at its confluence with the Clearwater River.

It is located approximately 93 km east of Roseburg near Oregon Route 138.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Prepare for worst

Another day of high temperatures and strong winds is expected to keep firefighters busy across much of New South Wales on Thursday.

An uncontained fire three kilometres north-east of Lithgow in the Blue Mountains is already causing concern for fire crews as north-westerly winds blow the blaze towards the towns of Clarence and Oakley Park.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/firefighters-prepare-for-worst-as-nsw-swelters-20131017-2vnl6.html


Today is the World Food Day.

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme.

U.S. National Committee for World Food Day

The World Food Day theme for 2013 is "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition".

The event takes place in over 150 countries.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Columbus Day

Happy the Columbus Day!

A.k.a Discovery Day in the Bahamas, and Day of the Americas in Belize.

Landing of Columbus

On October 12, 1492, as you know, Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. He landed on an island, now San Salvador, the Bahamas.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Fiesta Nacional de España

Viva España!

Today is the Fiesta Nacional de España. National Day of Spain is held annually on October 12. It commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's first arrival in the Americas, a day also celebrated in other countries. Since 2000, this date has also been Spain's Day of the Armed Forces, celebrated each year with a military parade in Madrid.

Spain is a country with a great history. There are many showplaces.

Toro de Osborne

Bulls are symbols of Spain. And...

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Mount Nyiragongo

A lava lake at Mount Nyiragongo, a volcano found in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Lava lakes, which can form in three different ways, are large volumes of molten lava, usually basaltic, contained in a volcanic vent, crater, or broad depression.

A lava lake at Mount Nyiragongo

Persistent lava lakes such as the one at Nyiragongo, which is the largest to appear in recent times, are rare.

Yes, all craters and eruptions are awful and nice. And very dangerous.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coast, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicentre. Another 137 were confirmed killed, with 531 people missing. Police also said 544 people were injured.

Credit: Russia Today.

Lodhi Gardens

The Lodhi Gardens is a park (over 90 acres) in Delhi, India.

It is a one of the pleasantest green spaces in the city.

The Gardens have monuments of Lodi and Sayyid dynasties. The area was used as a burial for Delhi's (pre-Mughal) Sayyid and Lodi rulers.

Friday, 4 October 2013


Athens is capital city of the sunny Greece, the history of living legend.

No other city has ever offered such a valuable contribution to the human history. Native land of the Socrates, Platoons, Sophocles, Euripides and many others great philosophers, poets and mathematics and of course the city where the democracy was born.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Ghats, ghats, ghats...

This is Varanasi. Or Kashi. Or Benares. This is India!

It is the holiest city in Hinduism and Jainism. The Mother Ganga is the most sacred river in India.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

US government shuts down

US government shuts down: bad old days of brinksmanship return to Washington.

All-night talks, deal-making and political arm-wrestling have failed to stave off government shutdown in the USA.

Non-essential Federal services are being closed and employees laid off immediately after the Democrat-controlled Senate fought off three Republican House attacks on Obamacare, the budget being held hostage for the president's health reforms.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Operation Baker

25 July 1946...

The Baker explosion, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear weapon test by the United States military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia.

Nuclear Mushroom

The wider, exterior cloud is actually just a condensation cloud caused by the Wilson chamber effect, and was very brief. There was no classic mushroom cloud rising to the stratosphere, but inside the condensation cloud the top of the water geyser formed a mushroom-like head called the cauliflower, which fell back into the lagoon (compare with this image, a photo taken slightly later, after the condensation cloud had cleared). The water released by the explosion was highly radioactive and contaminated many of the ships that were set up near it.

Some were otherwise undamaged and sent to Hunter's Point in San Francisco, California, United States, for decontamination. Those which could not be decontaminated were sunk a number of miles off the coast of San Francisco.

A nice photo! But it was a bad day.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Kenya Mall Massacre

On 21 September 2013, ten unidentified gunmen attacked the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

Kenyan soldiers

Kenya's Red Cross said the death toll on Sunday rose to 68 after nine bodies were recovered in a joint rescue mission.

There are President's nephew, his fiance, and Ghanian poet Kofi Awoonor among victims.

At this time most hostages are freed.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is the lowest and saltiest spot on the Earth. It is located over 400 m below sealevel.

Amman Beach Tourism Resort

Yes, the Dead Sea has a macabre name, but it is a one of most amazing place with beautiful landscape.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Autumn or Spring?

Today is the Equinox.


In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomical Autumn starts on 20 September. In the Southern Hemisphere, astronomical Spring starts!

Have a good day.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Most Dangerous Sports

What sport is the most dangerous? A boxing? Or not?

So, Top 10 List of the most dangerous sports. Many people love danger and risk. There are so many dangerous sports some people are use to play. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Civic Arena

September 17, 1961, Civic Arena was open in Pittsburgh. It was the first retractable-dome stadium in the World.

Construction of the Civic Arena

Civic Arena is the home of the NHL Penguins, the Pittsburgh Spirit soccer team and the Pitt Panthers college football team.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Dahab Blue Hole

The Dahab Blue Hole is a popular diving location on east Sinai on the coast of the Red Sea.

This is a submarine sinkhole around 130 m deep. There is a shallow opening around 6 m deep, known as the Saddle, opening out to the sea, and a 26 m long tunnel, known as the arch, the top of which lies at a depth of 56 m.

Dahab Hole

The hole itself and the surrounding area has an abundance of coral and reef fish.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Most Extreme Airports

As we know Lukla Airport, a small airport in Nepal, is the most dangerous one in the World.

But Our World is very large. Here you are the 10 Most Extreme Airports on the Earth today. Beautiful places!

Yes, Courchevel is a luxury resort with very awful runway. Bha-ha-ha...

ThanX for watching video.

September 11

This video is dedicated to all the victims of September 11, 2001...

The World Trade Center twin towers were opened on April 4, 1973 and were destroyed in the September 11 attacks of 2001, along with 7 World Trade Center.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10 each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides.

Death of Anna Karenina. 1914 film

On this day, numerous events, conferences, campaigns and local activities call to public attention one of the world’s largest causes of premature and unnecessary death as suicide.

September 10, year ago

Only one year ago... September 10, 2012.

16 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan. World Suicide Prevention Day!

Teachers in Chicago strike effecting 350,000 students.

10,000 miners demonstrate at Lonmin mines in Marikana, South Africa.

29 people are killed by floods and heavy rain in Vietnam.

A left over bazooka grenade in Cambodia explodes and kills three children.

Memento mori!

What a many death!

Carpe diem! Memento mori! Ars moriendi!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Dead Loop

100 years ago, September 9, 1913, Pyotr Nesterov, the first Russian ace, became the first pilot to fly a dead loop.

Nieuport IV replica

Another one giant leap for mankind.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Lukla Airport

Tenzing-Hillary Airport (or Lukla Airport) is a small airport in the town of Lukla in Nepal.

It is one of the most dangerous and beautiful airports in the World.

The airport was named in honor of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013


Vladivostok is the largest city of Russian Far East. It founded in 1861.

It is one of the biggest port of Russia.

A climat of the city is maritime and temperate.

Monument in Vladivostok

Monday, 2 September 2013

Japan surrenders

68 years ago, aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II.

On Sunday, September 2, more than 250 Allied warships lay at anchor in Tokyo Bay. The flags of the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and China fluttered above the deck of the Missouri.

Aboard the USS Missouri in 1945

Just after 9 a.m. Tokyo time, Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed on behalf of the Japanese government. General Yoshijiro Umezu then signed for the Japanese armed forces, and his aides wept as he made his signature.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Friday, 30 August 2013

Foie gras

Foie gras (fatty liver) is a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine. Its flavor is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of an ordinary duck or goose.

Two to three times a day, a worker grabs each bird, shoves a long, thick metal tube all the way down his throat, and an air pump shoots up to two pounds of corn mush into his esophagus. The industry always refers to the dry weight of the feed, which is about one pound per feeding. Adding oil and water doubles this weight, making it 20-30% of the bird's healthy body weight. Picture 30 one pound boxes of dry pasta and then add water. This is proportionally how much a 150 pound human would be force fed using this formula.

A duck's liver naturally weighs around 50 grams. However, to qualify as foie gras, the industry's own regulations require ducks' livers to weigh an absolute minimum of 300 grams.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

View from the Window at Le Gras

In August 1826 Nicéphore Niépce created a photograph known as View from the Window at Le Gras.

View from the Window at Le Gras

Today it is the oldest surviving photo. In 2003 Life listed View from the Window at Le Gras among 100 Photographs that Changed the World.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Hoosier National Forest

The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy.

Hoosier National Forest in Summer

Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful forest a favorite! Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of how this 202,000 acre Forest should be managed. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Wizard Island & Crater Lake

Wizard Island is a volcanic cinder cone which forms an island at the west end of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

Wizard Island. Credit: USGS

The top of the island reaches 2,113m above sea level, about 230m above the average surface of the lake. The cone is capped by a volcanic crater about 150m wide and 30m deep. The crater was named the "Witches Cauldron" by Will G Steel in 1885, who also gave Wizard Island its name at the same time. The land area of the island is just under 316 acres.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Resurrection Cathedral

The Resurrection Cathedral is a part of New Jerusalem Resurrection Monastery in Istra near Moscow.

Resurrection Cathedral

The New Jerusalem Monastery was founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon. The Resurrection Cathedral was built 1658-1685 as a similarity of a church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is the one of most grandiose buildings of 17th century Russian architecture. The model of the cathedral was brought to Russia by the Greek Patriarch Paisy in 1649.

Its magnificent domes framed with trees.

Russian Far East: Flood

Flooding may get worse as Russian Far East (Habarovsk, Birobijan, Blagoveshchensk) destroyed in deluge.

One of the biggest cities and business hubs in Russian Far East is in danger of being swamped by the most-powerful flood the region has seen in more than a hundred years.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Blue Hole

The Mysterious Belize Great Blue Hole is a large underwater hole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 100 kilometres (62 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is perfectly circular in shape, over 300 metres (1000 ft) across, 3140 feet circumference and 125 metres (410 ft) deep.

It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last glacial period when the sea level was 400 to 500 feet below present time and was dryland. Last glacial period began about 120,000 years ago and end about 15,000 years ago. Reaching the maximum extension 26,500 years ago. At the end the ocean began to rise, the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed. Believed to be the world's largest feature of its kind, the Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The hole itself is the opening to a system of caves and passageway that penetrate this undersea mountain. In various places, massive limestone stalactites hang down from what was once the ceiling of air-filled caves thousand of years before the end of the last Ice Age 15,000 years ago. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


August 21, 1732... First European boat reached Alaska. It was the Russian St. Gabriel.

Russian America was born. It was not only Alaska but pacific coast of British Columbia, Hawaian forts and Fort Ross in California.

The Russian settlement of St. Paul's Harbor, now Kodiak town, 1814.

In 1867 Russian America was sold to the United States for $7.2 million. 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

TransSib in Buryatia

Irkutsk-Naushki passenger train near Khuzhir railway station in Buryatia, Russia.

Irkutsk-Naushki passenger train

This is TransSib, the longest and the most awful railway in the World!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Panama Canal

99 years ago (August 15, 1914) Panama Canal was open. Cargo ship SS Ancon was first.

It is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Panama Canal, 1913

Now Panamax is a standart for size of ships.

It was a great job!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Orthodox monasteries

See old Russian postcards and Orthodox monasteries. Very nice photos…

Solovki Monastery. Anzer Skit

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Secure passwords

Many users fail to keep their passwords secure. This can be a result of several things.
-Any password that contains a single word that is found in the dictionary is extremely vulnerable.
-Any password using all letters or all numbers is extremely vulnerable.
-Any password using less than 8 digits is extremely vulnerable.
-Any password using less than 12 digits is weak.
-Any password containing personal information is weak.
-Any password used at more than one location or more than one site is slightly vulnerable.(Your basing the security of your site on the security practices of someone else)
-Any password saved on your computer or written on a paper found near your computer is slightly vulnerable.

Best password practices are as follows:
-A password containing 16+ digits.
-A password containing lower case letters and upper case letters.
-A password containing numbers.
-A password containing special symbols.
-A randomized password.
-A password unique to this site or application.

A secure password should be similar to the following: X91gt$1d.#4s9J1k(0sx

The password is 20 digits long, contains caps and lower case, contains numbers, contains special characters and is unique to this site.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Deadly Crocodile

The Nile crocodile is the largest crocodilian in Africa and is sometimes regarded as the second largest crocodilian after the Saltwater crocodile.

The male crocodile usually measure from 11.5 to 16 feet long (3.5 to 5 meters), but very old, mature ones can grow to 18 ft (5.5 m) or more. Males usually weigh about 1100 lbs (500 kg), but can very large & old specimens can reach up to 2000 lbs (909 kg).[5] The largest accurately measured male was shot near Mwanza, Tanzania and measured 6.45 m (21.3 ft) and weighed approximately 1,090 kg (2,400 lb). Like all crocodiles they are sexually dimorphic, with the males up to 30% larger than the females, though the difference is even more in some species, like the Saltwater crocodile.

Mature female nile crocodiles measure 8 to 13 feet long (2.5 to 3.9 meters) and typically weigh 227-300 kg (500-660 lbs).

It is Africa!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Colorado Day

August 1 is a Great Day for Colorado.

Mountains... Colorado is the highest state

This day in 1876... The Territory of Colorado became 38th state of the US.

Have a nice day.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


Sushi with roe is the best. Or not?

Korean cousine is a very good too.

Tteokbokki is a delicious rice cake commonly served in a spicy chili sauce from street carts all over Korea. The traditional version is a Royal Court recipe that is prepared with a soy based sauce.

This version is a delicious and savoury blend of shiro miso and spicy gochujang with the aromatics of sesame oil, balanced out with a little touch of honey. This has a little kick of spice, but nothing too overwhelming. Another great thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever leftover vegetables you got in the fridge.

Hooray for clean fridge!

Enjoy it and good luck!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Tyne Cot

99 years ago... The World War I began.

Passendale is a village in the Zonnebeke municipality, West Flanders. Its population is less than 3,000. But this settlement is famous for Tyne Cot.

Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Credit: Peter Huys. CC-BY license
Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Credit: Peter Huys. CC-BY license

This is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the World. There are 11,954 burials, of which 8,367 are unnamed.

The memorial was unveiled on 20 June 1927 by Sir Gilbert Dyett.

Baptism of Rus

1025 years ago, July 28, 988 Vladimir the Great baptized Kievan Rus.

Friday, 26 July 2013

World Cup in November

FIFA is now planning to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November.

Qatar's landscape

Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he intends to ask for the tournament to be held in the winter as temperatures in the Gulf state can reach 50°C during the summer. This is not record hot but very extremely temperature.