Archive | May, 2011

7 Abandoned Wonders of the USSR

31 May

1. The infamous mining town of Promyshlenny (“Industrial”) located 26 km far from Vorkuta.
More than 10 thousand people once lived and worked here. In the early 90′s, when the era of socialism ended and the time of savage capitalism came, the mine suddenly became unprofitable, and the town turned out to be 100% subsidized. When the water, electricity and gas supply was cut off, its residents were forced to abandon their homes and start new life in neighboring towns from scratch.
2. Abandoned Soviet construction areas are a separate and very broad topic for research. To be short, no any other country in the world has such a huge amount of money and man-hours wasted. Thousands of unfinished buildings, almost ready for use, rise above the huge territory of the former Soviet Union, serving as a silent reproach to people who were able to destroy and unable to finish building.
3. Abandoned bunkers along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean.
A complex of abandoned fortifications designed to protect against possible attacks of Japan is located not far from Vladivostok. A strong reinforced concrete fort made of thick slabs and underground tunnels which stretch for miles along the coast, once made Vladivostok an impregnable from the sea fortress. Today, it’s just an interesting place for tourists.
4. Only in the former Soviet Union this could be allowed – the incredibly expensive equipment of industrial and defense areas were left to the mercy of fate. In Russia, it’s quite common thing. One can still find abandoned giant radar antennas costing millions of dollars and other unique pieces of bygone technological power.
5. An abandoned missile complex in Latvia also turned out to be useless after the breakup of the USSR. The nuclear disarmament race did its job. Four abandoned bunkers, a central control room and a technical support bunker – all this is now abandoned and partially occupied by tourists. But maybe it’s for the better…
6. Legendary Balaclava is once a secret but now abandoned submarine base on the Crimean coast near Sevastopol. Even relatives who worked on this secret facility were forbidden to visit their families without a special permission from the government. Currently, all submarines are cut up for scrap, but the base has remained remarkably intact and is very popular among foreign tourists.
7. An abandoned Gulag camp in Siberia.
There was a time when political prisoners were kept in these wooden barracks but now they all are rotting and only wild animals drop in there sometimes. So let them rot on. We hope they will never be needed again.

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

30 May

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Amazing Military Hide Out Procedures

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG

30 May

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is the most potent version of the German automaker’s C-Class sedan. The car delivers a whopping 451 horsepower, putting it comfortably ahead of BMW’s all-new M3.nlike the M3’s small displacement V8, the C63 uses a big 6.2-liter V8. The C63’s powerplant is good for 443 lb-ft of torque and 451 horsepower.

The torque curve of the engine is just as impressive as its output: from 2000 to 6250 rpm the driver always has more than 360 pound-feet on tap – ideal for powerful acceleration in any engine speed range.The Electronic Stability Program offers a variety of settings.

In “ESP ON” mode, the onset of handling instability leads to braking intervention at one or more of the wheels, accompanied by a reduction in engine torque. Briefly pressing the ESP key activates “ESP SPORT”. Prolonged pressure on the ESP key activates “ESP OFF,” whereby there is no intervention.

There is no doubt that Mercedes-Benz is squarely taking aiming at BMW’s M3 with its all-new C63 AMG Sedan, and that rivalry will be reflected in the car’s price. Mercedes has announced that its C63 AMG will come with a base sticker price of $58,200 

Sherlock Holmes Museum

30 May

The Interesting Facts About FARTS

29 May
The Interesting Facts About FARTS

National Geographic’s Photography

29 May

Lijiang: Well-preserved Ancient Town of China

29 May

Lijiang is a well-preserved ancient town in Yunnan province of China. The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. It is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people.

Lijiang old town was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List on December 4, 1997. Since then, the local government has taken more responsibility for the development and protection of the old city. Lijiang’s tourism also boomed, and travellers from around the world flooded in; although many locals fear that due to much of the development, the old town of Lijiang will lose its appeal