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  1. Siberian Scientists Very Close to Cloning a Mammoth

    I'm sure God wouldn't mind if we played him just this once.

    Yesterday, an international team attempted for the second time to determine if they will be able to clone a Woolly Mammoth found with liquid blood in its remarkably preserved remains. Siberian scientists promise they won't be resurrecting the extinct species without a "scientific purpose," so don't get too excited. Yet.

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  2. Russian Man Digs Tunnel To Steal From Oil Pipeline, Doesn’t Turn Out Like He Hoped

    Some people hear an idea and then just can't get it out of their heads. That's apparently what happened to an unidentified Siberian man who read a magazine story explaining that it would be possible to dig a tunnel to an oil pipeline and siphon off the crude oil that flowed from it. After three years of work, the 52-year-old has been arrested for proving that yes, it is possible to do exactly that. As with many things that are possible, though, it's not exactly advisable.

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  3. This is an 880-Pound Snake Statue Made Out of Cow Dung

    What's a man to do when he finds himself with nearly half a ton of spare cattle feces and a few hours on his hands? If you're Siberian cattle farmer Mikhail Bopposov, the answer is clear -- craft, mold, and sculpt that dung into a cobra-shaped pooh statue to entertain the children in your village during the long Siberian winter. You read that right -- while it would be a  bizarre and troubling religious icon pretty much anywhere else on the planet, in Siberia, a 900-pound-snake hewn from frozen cow dung counts as a toy, verifying that Siberia is exactly the place that we all think it is.

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  4. Turn Boiling Water to Snow in Seconds [Video]

    It's pretty cold in New York City today, but it isn't negative 41 degrees cold. If I threw a pot of boiling water out the office window, there would just be angry people on the street below. What happens if you threw that same pot of water off a balcony in Siberia, where it actually is 41 below zero Celsius? You get instant snow, a lot of steam, and respectable number of YouTube views.

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  5. Russian Elephants Saved From Siberian Winter by Heaping Helpings of Vodka

    If you're travelling through Siberia in the depths of winter and your transportation breaks down, you pretty much have two options. 1)Freeze to death rather quickly. 2)Break out the vodka, start pounding shots like a frat pledge, and probably still freeze to death, but more slowly and with a better attitude about it. You can consider that second method now officially endorsed by elephants after a trailer carrying a pair of pachyderms from a Polish circus broke down in the bitter cold of the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, forcing their handlers to feed them cases of warm water mixed with vodka to keep them warm. The tricked  worked, and the elephants are fully recovered from their chilling ordeal, if probably a little hungover.

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  6. Hybrid Liliger, a Lion-Liger, Kiara is Our New Favorite Cat on the Internet

    This is Kiara, the world's first Liliger -- her dad is an African lion, and her mom a lion-tiger hybrid, making her 75% lion, 25% tiger, and one trillion percent our favorite thing on the Internet today, due to her little spots on her little head and also her ability to fall down in slow motion and transition the landing right into a snuggle with her foster mom. Oh, and did we mention her foster mom is a house cat? She totally is, which is like a gajillion extra Cute Points, according to my handy scorecard. The news report mentions that hybrids like Kiara here have their critics, but we couldn't find anyone criticizing her specifically, which is good, because it means we don't have to challenge anyone to pistols at dawn. Because seriously, who could have a problem with this? You would have to be a monster.

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  7. Mummified Siberian Princess Found Covered in Impressively Preserved Tattoos

    It Belongs in a Museum!

    The mummified remains of "Princess" Ukok, as the scientists named her, was discovered nearly twenty years ago in the Altai mountain range in East-Central Asia. Kept for all that time in Novosibirsk, Russia, it was not until very recently that she's been revealed to the rest of us. But among the general wonder and fascination that always comes with finding mummified and ancient bodies, Princess Ukok has another: She's covered in remarkably preserved, completely badass tattoos.

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  8. Alien Carcass Found in Siberia?? [Video]

    No (via TDW)

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  9. The Geek Angle Here Is So Glaringly Obvious, It’s Almost Painful

    Scientists may have discovered a new human species that coexisted with both modern humans and Neanderthals, based on DNA samples from a pinky bone that they discovered in a mountain cave in Siberia. Oh: and they're nicknaming their find "X-Woman."

    Discovery News:

    An unknown type of human, nicknamed "X-Woman," coexisted with Neanderthals and our own species between 30,000 to 50,000 years ago, according to a new study that suggests at least four, and possibly more, different forms of humans existed in Asia after Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa.

    (image via Funrama's Flickr)

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