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Pectrum

Articles on a range of subjects: history of Russia and the world, society, famous people, amazing events, unique places, curiosities past and present. A huge collection of jokes and jokes and fun and instructive stories from life.

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A Friend recently learned to drive a car. Got my license, but the practice is not enough. It was decided to get up early to work to leave the city. Almost every morning, at five o'clock she was already drifting on deserted roads, learning management iron horse. The lack of cars, by the way, was also an important factor. First, less nerves, and second, less risk of accident. About the second, as it turned out, she was very much mistaken. One morning her husband wakes up from an unexpected phone call. Inconsistent voice wife explained that he had been in an accident. The clock was six in the morning, the city only began to drop sleepy haze, and his betrothed found the adventure on the empty road. But do not throw the wife in trouble. I sighed, washed my...

Career is a tricky foreigner is striking: a few months Ernst Biron ruled Russia on behalf of a minor of Ivan IV. Working in his youth a simple craftsman, in adulthood he became a confidant of tsarina Anna Ioanovna. After the death of the favorite of the Empress he was sentenced to quartering, but never executed. Moreover, his life Biron finished in the title of the Dukes of Courland. It has survived not only his beloved, but several Russian emperors. As the Baltic nobleman managed to take up Russian throne and avoid a terrible punishment? There is a collection of the most interesting details from the life of the controversial and successful Ernst Biron. Young Biron at Home With the young Duchess Anna Ivanovna cunning German met in 1718, when he...

Some Slavic holidays can easily compete with all saints Day in fear. And if America on the streets, you can see superheroes, comics characters, in Russia all serious. Through the streets walks a real evil spirits: demons, spirits, ghouls. What Russian holidays can compete with Halloween in the air? There is a collection of the most interesting facts about these Slavic holidays of all saints. Why Russia Halloween, or scary Christmas Halloween — the feast of all saints. It is believed that on this day, the ghosts and go outside to relax in the human world. Russian Christmas is very similar to Halloween. The fact that between Christmas and Epiphany, the world is left without protection from the dark forces. It's like he's not baptized. It was during...

The court hearing the case Rabinovich, who caught his wife in bed with another man and pulled a gun lover. so you told the court that pointed the gun at the man who was in the same bed with your wife, threatened him, but didn't. Right? — the judge asked. — Yes, Your honor, — said Rabinovich. — Also you said that if I pulled the trigger and shot the lover, any secret court acquitted you. — that's Right, Your honor. — It's all clear, 'he said, and then exclaimed,' why didn't you shoot? Rabinovich sighed and said: — Your honor, when I came home and found this bad boy in my bed, I wanted to shoot him to hell. I pulled my weapon and was ready to pull the trigger, as he asked me a question: "how much will you sell me your gun? Name your price!" But how...

A Few years ago walked a girl home. It was late, deserted streets. Middle of the road I was abruptly impatient to depart. Leave the lady, just did not want but had no choice. I asked her to wait while he disappeared into the nearest yard. Quickly found a secluded corner and made his case. When he returned from afar saw that the girl was surrounded by some guys. The snatches of conversation coming from the scene, I realized that they called her to the phone. Be a hero not like there were five of them, but throw a girl I could not. All that was left for me, to come and make their intentions: — a Girl meets, she's with me. the Boys turned in my direction and changed color. — Friend, I'm sorry, I didn't see you. We're leaving already. After that,...

— Rabinovich! Your daughter is already married? — Still no! And Shaw? Oh, she's too smart to marry that idiot, sho would agree to marry her! on our roads yellow color and two or three seconds of red are considered to be green. Every man after the soul has the right to wear my hair up, like he's Italian mafia. for reasons of political correctness in the US was allowed the black chess pieces to go first. Wife in the sweat of canned vegetables, and her husband, lounging in a chair and gazed at the sunset.

The High round tower of red brick scribbled numbers. Each brick is numbered. The tower stands in the ordinary yard. Moreover, some residents admit that at night you can hear the rustle of wings. In the history of "the Tower of griffins" a lot of white spots. What did the famous Alexander Goedicke in a pharmacy with a tower in the backyard? Perhaps it was not a laboratory but a real house? Who constantly updates the numbers on the bricks, and the chemist encoded in their sequence? the Answers to these questions is a bold, logical, and at times mystical speculation. Pectrum have gathered the most popular version about the origin and purpose of "the Tower of griffins". [caption id="attachment_204681" align="alignnone" width="1300"] Photo...

Twelve-year-old pioneer has developed a unique scheme, through which he made his way to the offices of the chiefs and were taking valuables. No one for a long time did not know that the model student was a daring thief. Pectrum tells the reader about how the pioneer Valentin Egorov managed a few months to pick companies and to avoid being caught. As a top student Valya Egorov began to steal In the 1930s the Moscow pioneer Valentin Egorov was an excellent student and example for their classmates. For success in studies and activist activities, it took the so-called "light cavalry" — pioneer checking the work of state organizations. Such a group could pay a visit to check in any cafeteria, buffet or other sponsored organization. at First, Valya...

When the U.S. Embassy was taken strategic decisions, Joseph Stalin knew all the details. And the information he received faster than the stenographer print them. How is this possible? The secrets were extracted thanks to the successful implementation of the operation "Zlatoust". Today, this surgery is considered a classic of espionage, we can say a masterpiece. During the eight years exploration of the Soviet Union received the latest information with lightning speed. To embed bugs chose the most unexpected for Americans place. As the listening device was in the U.S. Embassy and why are they not found? Pectrum gathered the most interesting information about brilliant operation of Soviet spies. [caption id="attachment_204713" align="alignnone...

Prison Shlisselburg — the most secure prison of the Russian Empire. Escape from it could not be anyone, but an attempt to leave the gray walls were made only once. On the night of 6 July 1764 (this, incidentally, was white night) in one of the cameras broke in the officer of the fortress with several soldiers. They wanted to release the secret of the prisoner of the prison, whose face no one has seen. But the rescuers were late: the imprisoned young man was already dead. Why one of the heirs to the Russian throne, spent his whole life in confinement and did he wear an iron mask? Pectrum gathered the most important information about the sad fate of the Emperor Ivan Antonovich. "Man in the iron mask" — who is he? [caption id="attachment_204596...

In the villages of Ancient Russia there was a cruel rites, during which it was necessary to sacrifice. And often, this sacrifice became the villagers. did Not spare the villagers and criminals. For some particularly terrible infraction they used terrible tortures and executions. Pectrum introduces the reader to the four reasons because of which the peasants could kill a fellow villager and friend. the Murder of a man as a way to stop the epidemic In many communities, villagers believed that the disease is a living creature that can get rid of or destroy in a special way. Therefore, during outbreaks of infectious diseases the peasants in the medieval village chose not to be treated, and to fulfill an ancient ritual. To combat the plague, cholera or...

To Promote marriage bride could wealthy patrons or good luck. Often the girl herself has found a bridegroom willing to take her in marriage without a rich dowry. Pectrum tells the reader what I had to go to brides-bespridannica to tie the knot with a man. [caption id="attachment_204609" align="alignnone" width="1000"], "Selection of the dowry". Vladimir Makovsky. 1897-1898 years.[/caption] What the dowry was supposed to be the bride many families gather chest began almost immediately after the daughter is born. Usually in peasant families in the bride's dowry consisted of the desired things in the economy. Usually it was clothes, bed linen, pillows and cushions, embroidered towels and tablecloths, and kitchen utensils. In wealthier families all of...

The word "Fenya" comes from the ofen — stray traders in Ancient Russia. They had no written language, and to communicate with each other they used a special language, called Fenya between them. Many years later, this language began to be used by representatives of the criminal world: the pimps, beggars and thieves. Pectrum tells the reader about how appeared and developed Russian criminal slang. Where did Fenya some from the XVI century jargon — Fenya — firmly entered the lives of the prisoners and for a long time remained only their "privilege". But in the XX century, especially after the mass amnesties, criminal slang began to slip and in the speech of ordinary citizens. Especially fashionable conversation on the hair dryer was in the nineties...

The Soviet party and the concert gave rise to many incredible characters. In addition, the Soviet youth was not averse to make fun of his brother. Experiments, puns and unusual situations put into practice the imagination of young people. And came up with not only characters. Was Soviet youth and the weird names of alcoholic beverages, and nicknames, and a special rave tradition. Any characters invented by the Soviet youth and how she took inspiration from? Pectrum has collected the most famous characters that never existed. Soviet Fictional characters: Janis and Edward one of the materials we talked about slenkovich popular Soviet phrases. Now, because of the word "ascat" was born the famous Lithuanian character — Janis Askitis. Askat means to beg...

Foreigners are surprised that in Russian families raising children women. Even if the wife earns more than her husband, the responsibility for the upbringing of the child that she carries. The European approach is characterized by extreme individualism and a concentration on comfort Chad. Leisure Russian boys and girls filled with a variety of clubs and cultural events. Foreigners are convinced that the pressure to anything good does not. What are the peculiarities of education of children in Russia, to surprise and shock foreigners? Pectrum made a list of the strangest traditions of upbringing of the younger generation in Russia in the opinion of foreigners. Russian education: endless circles and the pressure of others Foreigners striking number of...