Finds of the week

This retrofotography is captured, as in August 1958, a barge arrived in Kyiv with watermelons. Several hundred tons of ripe fruits then drained the city and markets of the city. How did Kyiv live in those years? The city was actively restored after the Great Patriotic War (check yourself, whether you know the story of this greatest military conflict). Especially it concerned the Khreshchatyk, who acquired new pompous facades, abundantly covered ceramic ornaments. Residents joked about them, comparing with Kyiv cakes.

It was then, in the mid-50s, the first manifestations of Khrushchev thawed were noticeable. In the kiosks and bookstores, magazines, newspapers and books of the Coclarage countries appeared. It became possible to buy dry wines, which after the boning porter quickly entered the fashion. Bulgarian and Hungarian vegetable and fruit canned in grocery stores on the shelves. The hunt for a deficit began, which at the end of the month or quarter was thrown onto the counters. In the grocery of buyers, they always asked: "You have what?"- Because with packaging in the country it was tense. That era, among other things, he also gave rise to many words and expressions. We offer to go through another our test "Expressions of the Soviet Epoch".

Winter Is Coming

You knew that soap bubbles, if you blow them on a strong frost, freeze and turn into ice balls? Do not believe? Look at a very beautiful movie from Chris Ratzlaf’s videos. It was removed at a temperature of about -20 ° C. Soap bubble turns directly in front of the wonderful ice sphere. And inside it is going on real magic!

By the way, in the comments to the author indicated the recipe for the best mixture for the production of bubbles. You need to mix 200 ml of warm water, 35 ml of corn syrup, 35 ml Tools for washing dishes and add two tablespoons of sugar. Well, already waiting for the winter to try to repeat?

Vicious circle

Here’s how picturesque can be riding water skiing in the waters near the island of Bora Bora, which in French Polynesia. This territory enters the possession of France and is located in the center of the southern Pacific. In the West, it borders on the waters of Cook Islands, in the North-West – with the Republic of Kiribati, in the south-east – with the waters of Pitcairna, and in the East, South and North – with neutral Pacific waters. The word "Polynesia" appeared in the XVII century, this is how travelers called the numerous islands found in the southern seas. The word itself happened from the Greek πολύς – "a lot" and νῆσος – "Island". The current name with the word "French" territory acquired in the second half or at the end of the XIX century, when he moved to France.

Interestingly, many Islands of French Polynesia (and about 130 of them) have the second, our names: Lazarev, Rurik, Raevsky and others. And one of the territory archipelago, Tuamot, is also called ours. The fact is that these lands were open and described by our navigators: Bellingshausen, Lazarev, Kotsebu. By the way, some of the distant lands could well be our. Read our article about the scientist and traveler Nicolae Miklukho-Maklaie "How Russia has not colonized New Guinea" and the material about the unnecessary territorial plans of the our emperors "inaccessible "Cranes": territories that could not join the our Empire ".

Shame and disgrace

Mimosa shame, or Mimosa Pudica, not in vain wears your name. When a person (or someone else) touches her, her sheets instantly fold. The plant has developed such a method of protection from herbivores – the fact is that with folded leaves the plant does not look like a delicious food. How does it happen? When touched to the leaves, the water in them is redistributed and the leaves are developing under the action of gravity.

Surprisingly, but the fact – Mimosa remembers every touch to her, and if it does not pose a threat, subsequently it will not spend the forces on the folding of the leaves. In addition, this plant is some incomprehensible way distinguishes, the living creature, glass or metal touches it. If you touch it not with hand, but, let’s say, it will not turn around with a glass wand.

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Those who are always on the road

It’s hard to believe, but this picture was made in the middle of the last century – in 1949. Photographer posed mother with son, Arabs-Bedouins from the Kingdom of Egypt. Bedouins in Egypt – this is part of the country’s indigenous population. They lead a nomadic lifestyle. Their total number today is unknown, but approximately estimated at 50,000 – 150,000 people. It is impossible to rather evaluate, since nomads are not registered anywhere and for the most part live without passports. Bedouins mostly live on the Red Sea coast and combined in two clans. The first one, al-Abbadi, lives right on the shore and earns on life fishing and servicing small ships. The second, al-Mahai, previously lived in the desert and went to the shore of the sea only 150 years ago. Regardless of the clan affiliation, they still live in chalas and tents and are managed by elders. According to different estimates, Bedouins live this way for at least 4000-5000 years. But this is already a real Victorian Egypt – rare photos from a trip of some Zangaki brothers in 1870-1890. And here is a story about other nomads of the world – Masai tribe from the project "Weddings of the Peoples of the World".


Admire which video of the supermaned take-off of the bird shot a blogger named Destin, known in the network under the smaring smarreveryday pseudonym. The video proto itself says: "I am a husband, father and engineer. A few years ago, I made a roller to show my friends how to ignite a fire with fireworks. Many people liked, so I decided to continue. The other day I got into my hands in my hands, and I decided: it will be a pity to let go, without filming her takeoff in Slow-Mo!"This little video can tell a lot of interesting things about how in general the birds rise into the air. For example, many think that in order to take off, the feathers begin to simply wave the wings. However, in fact, they rise into the air, pushing out from the ground (or in this case from the palm). And in order to move from the state of the vertical flight to horizontal, help yourself with a tail!

Flower laughter

Indian Domeman, or, as its locals, "laughter flower", grows on the Arabian Peninsula. If someone eats the seeds of this plant, then it is forced to laugh unfortunately for half an hour, and then immediately falls asleep. They say that in the dream the overwhelming majority of people see dreams of sexual content, and waking up, they suffer from a state similar to a hangover. The inhabitants of the peninsula found a strange useful application – they are used as anesthesia for dental pain. True, it is better to laugh and sleep, than suffering because of a sick tooth!

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