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Woman Found Out Her Fiancé Was Cheating After Seeing Him On Russian Version Of Google Maps

Google street view has caught some interesting things in the past but perhaps none so useful as this. A woman from Russia discovered her fiancé had been cheating on her after looking up an address on an online map and finding his image with another woman.


Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

A Meteorite Hit Russia This Morning, and It’s Easily the Most Amazing Story on the Internet Right Now

Here’s a whole collection of different video recordings of the meteorite that streaked over the Ural Mountains in Russia early this morning (so, in the middle of last night for those of us in American timezones), breaking up in the atmosphere, leaving an impressive contrail, and causing a sonic boom that caused a wide radius of broken windows and damaged buildings. There have been no reported deaths so far, but many folks have sought medical attention for broken glass related injuries.

A meteorite strike as flashy and dramatic as this one would be news on any day, but this isn’t even 2012 DA14, the asteroid scienctists and astronomers were expecting to buzz very close to the Earth’s atmosphere this afternoon. Naturally, this is leading a lot of folks to wonder if the two might be connected.


There And Back Again

Not A Fan Of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit? Watch This Other One, In Russian.

I’m sort of on the fence about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I saw it in 3D and 48 fps and was not a fan of the new technology, so I’m waiting to see it in 2D and 24 fps before I decide whether or not I liked the film. Regardless, here’s an old version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic (entirely unlicensed of course) called “The Fairytale Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit.” It was made in 1984 and aired on aired on the Leningrad TV Channel. According to the Tolkien Gateway wiki, “This children’s film featured Zinovy ​​Gerdt as ‘The Professor’ (a narrator stand-in for Tolkien), Mikhail Danilov as Bilbo, Anatoly Ravikovich as Thorin, Ivan Krasko as Gandalf and Igor Dmitriev as Gollum. Smaug and the Spiders were portrayed by puppets. Missing in this version are the Trolls, Elrond, Beorn and the Wood-elves. The Goblins are human-like with little makeup and portrayed by dancers from the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (as were the inhabitants of Lake Town).”

(via Kotaku)

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All this has happened before...

It’s Okay, Guys, The Robot Revolution Already Happened. In Russia. Ninety-Five Years Ago

At least that’s what thousands of Australian students found out this week while taking a standardized test, all thanks to a little careless Google Image searching.


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

These Singing Russian Grandmothers Saved Their Village [Video]

Remember those awesome Russian grandmothers who qualified to perform at the European pop music contest Eurovision? They placed second, and  it turns out their local government was so thrilled with their international success, it decided to build a new water pipeline, install streetlights, lay new gravel on the roads, and install high-speed Internet for the village’s only school. Awesome! Here’s a video of there Eurovision performance — I can only hope to be half as cool as these grannies when I get older.

(via Jezebel.)

Wait For It...

Russian Singing Grannies Suggest “Party For Everybody,” We Concur [Video]

We here at The Mary Sue hope you will take this video and make it your weekend anthem. These sx ladies are known as the Buranovskiye Babushki (translation: the Buranovo Grannies). They were the winners of the Russian National final and are on to represent their country in the competition this year in May. According to the BBC, “The lyrics to the song, which feature a mixture of English and Udmurt – a language related to Finnish – were written by the grandmothers.” PARTY FOR EVERYBODY!

(via Neatorama)


This Exists... Because of A Lady

That Time Catherine the Great Invented the Roller Coaster

The Russian winter has been a historical force, a fact of climate that rules from Napoleon to Hitler have underestimated to their great detriment, and undoubtedly a killer of millions.

Oh, but it also might have inspired Catherine the Great to make the roller coaster? Well then all is forgiven.


Good News Everyone!

A Ginger Seal Update! Ginger Seal Is the Most Popular Seal at the Zoo!

Guys, guys: We have news about the ginger seal who was shunned by her pod! And it’s good news! After being captured on heartbreaking film by photographer Anatoly Strakhov, the abandoned baby seal — now named Nafanya, after a Soviet cartoon character, to whom she bears a slight resemblance — now has a comfy, nurturing home at the Akvatoria dolphinarium. And unsurprisingly, she is a big hit with the crowds! Awww, it makes you want to hug the Earth!


To infinity and beyond!

Congratulations, World! There Are Now Seven Billion People On Earth.

October 31 was to be the date when the world’s population hit the seven billion mark. So today, several countries are celebrating the births of several “seven billionth babies,” including the Philippines’ Danica Camacho, pictured above. But since it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly which baby is the official seven billionth citizen of the human race, symbolic celebrations are taking place around the globe. Feelings are certainly mixed on how everyone is taking this news. On one hand: the world’s population is so incredibly large, and many experts wonder if this kind of growth, should it continue, can be supported by the planet’s resources and the world economy. On the other hand: babies!


Obligatory Baby Animal of the Day

This Baby Seal Was Shunned by the Pod Because He’s Ginger

Okay, before you reach for the Kleenex because of the thought of that adorable baby seal being abandoned by all those other seals in the background, here is the good news: he has been adopted and is being cared for by a very nice person. There is no bad news, except for the mean seals, who are mean. Now that you have this information, it’s okay to imagine the Hulk theme music while viewing the picture above. (More pics and the whole story after the jump.)