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(Siberian Times)   A hailstorm pounds people at a beach in Siberia. In other news, there's a beach in Siberia   (siberiantimes.com) divider line 64
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2014-07-15 01:47:03 AM  

qlenfg: Meh. Springtime in North Texas. When it punches holes in windshields and leaves dents in cars you can't reproduce with a hammer, give me a call.


In all fairness, Russian cars are made out of cast iron.
 
2014-07-15 01:55:08 AM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I found it interesting that the fifth-longest river in the world is called the Ob.

Which are longer? Off the top of my head, without looking ... and not in order ... Nile, Amazon, Ganges, Mississippi. If one of those is wrong, then I'll guess some other river in Russia.

Russia is big. It's got a lot of rivers.


The Mississippi is only long if you abandon it for the Missouri.  And the Ganges isn't very long.  So to get the other two, we turn to China: the Yangtze and the Yellow.
 
2014-07-15 06:00:42 AM  
I should probably just google this question, but:

When hail stones are that big, and falling from the sky, why do they not fall at a velocity that is able to kill a human being?
 
2014-07-15 07:36:58 AM  

b0rg9: Everything is more depressing in Russia.

Seriously, though, I know there are many beautiful aspects of Russian history, architecture and art, music, etc., but every farking scene I see in photos and video of modern Russia seems to have this dark cloud lingering over it.


I think it's just what we see on news and TV, some Russians are really cool, and honestly, not much different than Americans, yes, it gets colder there, but they still have fun. These guys build muscle cars of all things in Russia, looks like your typical American sideshow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HZXZg0aYa0#t=21
 
2014-07-15 07:56:03 AM  
I was searching for images of Siberians in bikinis, but found this absolutely adorable pic of a Siberian
Husky puppy:

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2014-07-15 08:35:47 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: I was searching for images of Siberians in bikinis, but found this absolutely adorable pic of a Siberian
Husky puppy:

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2014-07-15 08:41:29 AM  

The One True TheDavid: ivan: b0rg9: Everything is more depressing in Russia.

Seriously, though, I know there are many beautiful aspects of Russian history, architecture and art, music, etc., but every farking scene I see in photos and video of modern Russia seems to have this dark cloud lingering over it.

Тоска.

It's hard to explain, that grey cloud. But it's there.

I'm actually reading the Brothers Karamazov (yes translated into English, by MacAndrew). And I get it.

But why think the "syndrome" is specifically Russian? "A dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for..." That sounds pretty universal to me, a personal temperament rather than a "national type." Maybe some Russian intelligentsia in a certain period wrote about it more than "we" do, but what do you find in Dostoevsky that you don't see in say Flannery O'Connor?

As for Nabokov, well, in culture he was more German/French than Russian. It's hard to think of even Gogol writing Lolita. But then I'm biased: to me an American college town is Knoxville or Columbus, not Cambridge or Palo Alto.


Pff. Next you will tell me others in the world enjoy vodka and accordion music!
 
2014-07-15 09:22:46 AM  
I've wanted to see Lake Baikal for some time now.
 
2014-07-15 09:50:08 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: I was searching for images of Siberians in bikinis, but found this absolutely adorable pic of a Siberian
Husky puppy:

[us.cdn291.fansshare.com image 850x680]



Cute puppy!

BTW this is a Siberian in bikini...
img.fark.net
 
2014-07-15 10:24:05 AM  

Claude Ballse: [s.cdon.com image 400x395]

/Great band and album BTW.


I'd say they've gone downhill since rebranding themselves 'Igor and the Red Elvises'.
 
2014-07-15 11:01:35 AM  

danielscissorhands: I should probably just google this question, but:

When hail stones are that big, and falling from the sky, why do they not fall at a velocity that is able to kill a human being?


They can, if they are really solid, and they strike you in the head without hitting anything on the way.

Otherwise, you get this:

Our steel carport has dents and tears from this storm that you couldn't do with a hammer. It sounded like the world was coming to an end.
 
2014-07-15 11:05:48 AM  

Hollie Maea: Huck And Molly Ziegler: I found it interesting that the fifth-longest river in the world is called the Ob.

Which are longer? Off the top of my head, without looking ... and not in order ... Nile, Amazon, Ganges, Mississippi. If one of those is wrong, then I'll guess some other river in Russia.

Russia is big. It's got a lot of rivers.

The Mississippi is only long if you abandon it for the Missouri.  And the Ganges isn't very long.  So to get the other two, we turn to China: the Yangtze and the Yellow.


All river basins may or may not be long, depending on which tributaries you include. The Yellow River is actually pretty small, comparatively; the Yangtze is much bigger. The Amazon proper technically only exists downstream of Manaus, but no one will call the Amazon "small". The Missouri-Mississippi basin is considered contiguous and is one of the largest river basins in the world. And Siberia has two other really big rivers: the Lena and the Yenisei.

CSB time: I recently completed a set of interpretations of the longest rivers in the world, in needlepoint. I've been investigating these things. : )
 
2014-07-15 11:06:42 AM  

H31N0US: I've wanted to see Lake Baikal for some time now.


Wrong river; that's on the Yenisei.
 
2014-07-15 10:04:05 PM  

danielscissorhands: I should probably just google this question, but:

When hail stones are that big, and falling from the sky, why do they not fall at a velocity that is able to kill a human being?


They do.

It's just that updrafts that can hold lethal-mass hailstones in the air are fortunately rare, and such deaths seldom happen.

/ You're more likely to be killed by the tornado at the other side of the storm.
 
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