April 27, 2021

A Romantic Russian River Cruise



A Romantic Russian River Cruise
Girls love it when guys pick them up in a cool ride. Patrick Kelley, Wikimedia Commons

Champagne, caviar, and icebergs: all you need for a romantic evening in the northerly Russian port town of Archangelsk.

A pair of Russian teenagers were rescued from a romantic evening gone awry recently as the coastal sea ice they were walking on broke away from shore and began to float out to sea. The couple, 16 and 17, were out on a date and enjoying a walk along the shore when they found themselves drifting away from dry land, as spring thaws had loosened the chunk of ice.

Fortunately, the piece of ice was large and stable, and they were able to make an emergency call. Dispatchers sent (what else?) a hovercraft to make the rescue. But a boat-driving bystander got there first, bringing the kids back to shore, no worse for wear.

At least they didn't break any quarantine laws for the sake of love.

A Valentine Gift: He and She
  • February 11, 2021

A Valentine Gift: He and She

In which we review Him & Her, Daria Geller’s marvelous, heartbreaking, new short film, inspired by Chekhov’s “Он и Она” (properly, “He and She”). A perfect film to enjoy for Valentine's Day.
An Ode to the Hovercraft
  • February 14, 2021

An Ode to the Hovercraft

Russia is a land of many mysteries. The greatest of all, of course, is this: What's the deal with Russians and their hovercraft?
Earth Hour, Eurovision, and Eggs
  • April 01, 2021

Earth Hour, Eurovision, and Eggs

In this week's Odder News, the lights go out for Earth Hour; egg sandwiches get their due; and a huge crack opens up in a St. Petersburg apartment building.
Case Closed on Dyatlov Pass?
  • July 20, 2020

Case Closed on Dyatlov Pass?

Was it aliens? Secret nuclear testing? Bigfoot? The Russian Prosecutor-General's office claims to have solved one of Soviet Russia's most perplexing mysteries.
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