Somebody Paid $50,000 To Be Killed By James Bond.. For Charity

Earlier this month the London Air Ambulance held their largest charity auction of the year to raise support for their services. The biggest bid of the night, however cynically ironic considering the occasion, came at the opportunity for the bidder to die at the hands of James Bond. » 12/29/14 10:29am 12/29/14 10:29am

These Soviet Concept Vehicles Are Clearly From An Alternate Universe

These vehicle designs look like they were made for a Batman movie, or maybe a space adventure. They're the direct result of the futurist bent in Soviet design. And some of them are just insane. We've got a gallery. » 6/30/14 11:52pm 6/30/14 11:52pm

23 Amazing Soviet Visions For The Future of Transportation

Tekhnika Molodezhi, or "Technology for the Youth," is a Soviet and Russian monthly science magazine that's been published since 1933. Like its U.S. and French counterparts, Popular Mechanics or the Le Petite Journal, the magazine is famous for its spectacular covers—often depicting fantastic scenes from the possible… » 4/24/14 9:47am 4/24/14 9:47am

Former Ukrainian president leaves behind Russian car collection

Just a couple days ago, the world media and some bewildered journalists got a glimpse of now-departed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's villa on the Dnieper river, called Mezhyhirya. The sprawling and not-particularly-tasteful residence rests on a 345-acre lot of real estate (a little over half the size of… » 2/24/14 2:52pm 2/24/14 2:52pm

Tour Baikonur, the world's first and largest operational spaceport

Both Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1 were launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in desert of Kazakhstan. It has since served as a launch pad for generations upon generations of spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Take a tour of Baikonour as it looks today. » 8/04/13 8:35pm 8/04/13 8:35pm

The Soviet Union's space-themed stamps will make you love Cosmonauts

A week ago, we featured a fresh, visually stunning Hungarian music video by Kerekes Band. The creator of this well animated video used Soviet stamps, postcards and posters from the 60s and 70s to create good-looking vintage space scenes. » 6/07/13 7:53am 6/07/13 7:53am

This Is How Space Exploration Was Imagined Before Sputnik

Artists' impressions always played key role in promoting the ideas of space travel, forming our view of future, preparing people for the upcoming of manned or unmanned cosmic missions, spreading the visions of astronomical scientists and aerospace engineers. » 5/03/13 9:42am 5/03/13 9:42am

Happy May Day! Now Watch A Bunch Of Soviet Army Trucks

I always found it a bit confusing that May Day was on the same day as International Workers' Day, meaning that the images I had of women in diaphanous dresses cavorting around a flower-draped pole were always intermingled with images of huge Soviet trucks towing ICBMs through Red Square. » 5/01/13 2:32pm 5/01/13 2:32pm

Did The US Mars Orbiter Just Find The Soviets' Mars 3 Lander?

According to the fresh news from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory there is a chance that four pieces of hardware from a spacecraft that the Soviet Union landed on Mars in 1971 appear in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. » 4/12/13 8:57am 4/12/13 8:57am

Show Us The Weirdest And Best Communist Sports Cars

For some reason, the commies weren't really into sports cars. Maybe driving for something other than to transport political prisoners around seemed like a waste of precious resources. No matter, this didn't stop the engineers of the nationalized factories from creating beautiful machines from the bits and pieces they… » 12/12/12 3:00pm 12/12/12 3:00pm

The Union Of Soviet Socialist Rustheaps

More than 50 years ago, Nikita Khrushchev vowed "We will bury you!" Today, the remains of 700 Soviet-era trucks are slowly being ground into scrap metal for washers, dryers and other bourgeoise goods. (H/t to olmy & Jim) [NYT] » 12/27/10 9:00am 12/27/10 9:00am

The Soviet VTOL Ekranoplan Bomber Designed by an Italian Communist

Learning about Russian military vehicles certainly raises one’s threshold for weird engineering. But when you come across the Bartini Beriev VVA–14, a forty-year-old VTOL seaplane-ekranoplan, everything goes all WTF again. » 10/28/10 4:30pm 10/28/10 4:30pm

Sikorsky's Motorized Sleigh And Other Forgotten Soviet Snowmobiles

Russia's armed "aerosleds" may look like science fiction, but they're a real part of Russia's history. As invading armies tried merely to survive the intense Russian winters, the Russians thrived, due in large part to the bizarre, Star Wars-esque snowcraft. » 10/07/10 12:00pm 10/07/10 12:00pm

Inside The Soviet's Secret Failed Moon Program

The Soviet lunar program was covered up, forgotten after failing to put a man on the moon. These rare photos from a lab inside the Moscow Aviation Institute show a junkyard of rarely-seen spacecraft, including a never-to-be-used Russian lunar lander. » 10/06/10 4:00pm 10/06/10 4:00pm

Parking With a Gatling Gun

XKCD issue #562 depicts a scene dear to everyone’s heart who has ever witnessed a moron fail egregiously at parking. Let’s advance the idea and move from blowtorches to rotary cannons. » 4/10/09 12:00pm 4/10/09 12:00pm

GAZ-51 Custom: Russians Make A Cadillac Escalade EXT Hot!

An enterprising Russian tuner shop laid to waste the body of a Cadillac Escalade EXT, replacing it with a very custom GAZ-51-inspired pickup body. Commence "In Soviet Russia" jokes... now! » 2/04/09 5:30pm 2/04/09 5:30pm

GAZ Announces End Of The Road For Volga

After nearly 53 years of production, Russian auto manufacturer GAZ » 10/29/08 12:30pm 10/29/08 12:30pm has announced the end of production for the famed saloon. The rolling symbol of the former Soviet Union will be put to rest in two months as a result of falling demand, high commodity prices, and cheap foreign cars flooding the market. GAZ plans to…

James May Takes An Ekranoplan For A Spin

Moonlighting in this clip for his Big Ideas » 9/29/08 12:30pm 9/29/08 12:30pm program, presenter got behind the wheel of a Soviet-era . Piloting the small example of our favorite non-wheeled mode of transportation over a frozen body of water, Captain Slow stayed true-to-form, only bringing the ekranoplan up to not-quite-flying speed. Of course, the…

We Will Steer Over You! Soviet-Era Arcade Video Games

While we were throwing quarters into Spy Hunter or Robotron 2084, our counterparts in the Soviet Union were slipping Kopecks into Obgon and Autorally. Seems that Soviet military factories procured a few Japanese games and reverse engineered over 70 Soviet versions. These games were then officially distributed for the… » 6/13/07 1:00pm 6/13/07 1:00pm

Rocket to Russia: Moskvitch 410H

The Soviets Russians recently launched a new-and-improved intercontinental ballistic missile that First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said would be easily able to overcome any existing and future missile defense systems. With this recent and disturbing news fresh in mind we bring you the Moskvitch 410H 4X4.… » 5/31/07 1:00pm 5/31/07 1:00pm