IN TUMOUR IN MAN'S BACK
The toes of Igor's 35 year old twin brother"LET THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL ORGANISM LIVE" SAYS LOCAL VILLAGERS
It was only once the tumour was cut out of 35 year old Igor Namyatov's back that the surgeons realised the tumour was in fact an unborn embryo, with hands and feet.
Surgeons? Doctors? What do they know? The villagers in Namyatov's home town knew exactly what it was. An extraterrestrial organism.
"It's pity they removed it," one of the villagers said. "They should have waited to see what would become of it later on. That would have been a great scientific find.”
Igor refused to leave the body of his unborn twin brother at the hospital for further examination. He took it with him.
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Is Russia one of the true lightning bolt countries for bizarre, surreal and downright weird events? Or is it simply the media there loves to report these kinds of stories so vividly?
Russia is now four days into a Siberian cold snap beyond imagining. One day last week the temperature warmed up from (Celsius) -32 to -24 in Moscow. Thousands of factories, businesses and stores have had their power cut to the massive energy drain of millions of heating units going full throttle, and Russia is now cutting gas exports to Finland and other EU countries to conserve supply for its own people. The minus double digit temperatures are expected to last another week, or weeks. So how are the locals coping?
Here's a sample of some recent weird yet true stories from MosNews And Pravda :
MAN KILLS DOG, WIFE COMPLAINS ABOUT DEAD DOG COOKING, MAN KILLS WIFE
"Nikolai Sanin, 54, killed a dog and brought its corpse home in order to melt the animal’s grease, but his mate Valentina, 50, did not like it and asked him do it at another place. Nikolai went angry and killed Valentina with the same knife he used to do away with the dog. Soon she died of injuries."
CANNIBAL GETS 14 YEARS FOR TURNING BEST FRIEND INTO BAD PASTA DISH
"According to the investigation, Chingis Bubeev killed a man who had visited him, cut his body into pieces and used his flesh to cook pelmeni, a Siberian dish resembling raviloi. Bubeev could not consume all the meat and sold some to his neighbors saying it was horse meat."
MAN DRINKS 17 TIMES LEGAL DRIVING LIMIT FOR BOOZE, WALKS HOME INSTEAD, GETS KILLED BY CAR
“The cause of death has been marked down as a road accident, although the alcohol level would most likely have killed him anyway.”
POLITICIAN KIDNAPPED, TIED UP, FACE TATTOOED WITH OBSCENITIES ON ELECTION EVE
"(He) was returning home at night from his election headquarters and was attacked by four men who beat him up and forced him into their car where he was tied up with duct tape and the assailants tattooed obscene words on the candidate’s cheeks and forehead using a homemade electrical needle. Afterwards the attackers threw him out of their car."
SCIENTISTS FREEZE DOG FOR 95 MINUTES, RAISE IT FROM THE DEAD< THEY WANT TO DO THE SAME TO HUMANS FOR IMMORTAL LIFE
Anibiosis is a decades old science developed in Cold War Russia. To freeze and then revive the dead, that was the mission. They claim they succeeded.
"We were able to bring back to life 100% of animals subjected to freezing. The temperature was lowered to the freezing point of water. Then the temperature was raised to regular body temperature level. The minimum of zero degrees Celsius was maintained for 95 minutes. During that period of time animals were kept in a state of clinical death. The cardiac activity was reported to have stopped at three degrees Celsius."
RUSSIAN SEAL COMPLETES 200th PAINTING AMIDST ARTISTIC CRISIS
"As a regular artist, Tito (the seal) brings his emotions out on the paper when something troubles him. Once after quarrelling with Nessy (his seal girlfriend), Tito painted a depressed piece the trainers named 'Tito’s Girlfriend'.
However, sometimes the seal has bad days, when he feels unhappy with his work and throwing aside the brush desperately tries to wipe the paint off the paper with his flippers."
While there are plenty of elephants, monkeys and birds that have taken up the brush, Tito is the first seal to batter a canvas. Disturbingly, Tito also seems to have the ability to paint a likeness of what he sees.
OUTSIDE IT'S 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO, BUT THE RUSSIANS STILL LOVE THEIR ICE CREAMS
And the ice-cream vendors are stoked because they don't have to pay refrigeration bills. It's colder out in the streets in Moscow today than it is inside most freezers. The story doesn't explain why Moscovites want to eat ice-cream when the spit in their mouth could freeze after seconds of exposure to air that damn cold.
30 BELOW BUT THEY STILL GO SWIMMING THROUGH A HOLE IN THE ICE AND THEY LOVE IT
So why do these Russians get into such absurdly cold water? Well, for religious reasons, obviously.
"Russian Orthodox Christians have a tradition of celebrating the Twelfth-Night (the Eve of the Epiphany) by swimming in ice-holes that symbolize the baptism of Jesus Christ in the river Jordan by John the Baptist."
Rivers in ancient Palestine would have been considerably warmer.
Would Christianity have taken off it the weather was much colder? How about raising one of the world's top five religions in a Siberian winter?
Jesus's beard would have snap-frozen during John's blessing, and could even Jesus have convinced his disciples to help him hack a hole in the thick ice of the river so he could then submerge them, one by water, in water that damn cold?
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For more Russian bizarrity, go to Your New Reality for a trip through a funny, but obviously demented anti-drugs waxworks exhibition now on display in Moscow. It features extremely creepy wax people getting very high, very messed up, very cold turkey and very, very dead.