soviet

vodka

Two Canadian Provinces Pull Vodka With Soviet Symbol from Shelves Due to Protests

Ukrainian-Canadian citizen groups consider the hammer and sickle symbol offensive.
Ian Burke
6.28.18
polar bear watch

I Guarded an Arctic Base Against Polar Bears at the Frontline of the Apocalypse

The DEW Line was built in the fifties to warn of a nuclear threat. I guarded six workers there from polar bears.
Duncan Ferguson
9.28.17
Dropped Pins

How an Airline Tragedy Brought GPS to the Masses

The Soviet shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983 spurred Ronald Reagan to open the US military’s satellite-based Global Positioning System for civilian use.
Sebastien Roblin
4.11.17
beer

Heineken Could Be Banned in Hungary for Use of Red Star in Logo

The Eastern European nation hopes to eradicate the usage of communist iconography and Nazi symbology, including the swastika and the red star.
Charley Lanyon
3.21.17
Predicting the future

A Soviet Film Predicted Our Robot Apocalypse—In 1977

‘Polygon’ was practically banned for subversion.
Samuel Bendett
3.20.17
Feature

I Traveled to Russia’s Northernmost City to Be Its Only Tourist

No one really travels to Murmansk for fun. Except for me.
Dave Hazzan
12.20.16
russia

The First Time Humans Crashed a Probe on Mars

On November 27, 1971, Mars 2 became the first human-made object to reach the surface of the Red Planet.
Becky Ferreira
11.27.16
Motherboard Guide to Cinema

‘On the Silver Globe’ Is the Best Sci-Fi Film Never Made

The story of how one of the most stunning sci-fi films ever made was (almost) swallowed by history.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.29.16
Germany

The Ketwurst Is Germany’s Strangely Phallic Answer to the Hot Dog

The ketwurst is an East German hot-dog-not-hot-dog made by pushing a bread roll onto a hot spike, toasting the inside, swilling a sausage around in a tray of ketchup, and squeezing the resulting meat mess into the bread hole.
Nell Frizzell
10.2.16
usa

The Orbital Handshake That Changed Space History

What do you get when you mix the USA with the USSR in space? The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, of course.
Becky Ferreira
7.17.16
Photos

Photos of Childhood in Europe's Poorest Nation

Asa Sjöström documents the resilience of childhood in the ex-Soviet nation.
Asa Sjöström
5.12.16
CHEFS

Meet the Chef Teaching Estonians to Dine for Pleasure

Chef Tõnis Siigur of Tallinn’s celebrated NOA restaurant sees it as his job to help Estonian diners enjoy food as form of entertainment—a very un-Soviet concept for a country that left communism just 25 years ago.
Merlin Jobst
4.14.16
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