Russia’s top-secret aircraft looks like something from Star Wars!

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VVA-14 was supposed to kill the US nuclear threat in the water.

During the Cold War the United States developed the first ballistic nuclear missil that could be fired from a submarine, UGM-27 Polaris. The weapon was designed for the worst: Nuclear War.

The Russians limitedly began the development of a special aircraft that could destroy submarines with the dreaded Polaris missiles aboard.

The assignment went to designer Robert Ludvigovich Bartini. His solution was inspired by the so-called ground effect vehicle.

Ground effect vehicle is not ordinary aircraft, they are in fact classified as ships. It is similar to an aircraft and can move very rapidly right across the water surface because of what we call the ground effect.

Unique design

Bartinis aircraft should be both, race straight across the water at high speed and over long distances while it was going to take off and fly normally at higher altitudes. Along with aircraft manufacturer Beriev, Robert Bartini hatched out a machine that looks as if it is taken straight out of Star Wars.

Bartini and his comrades initiated extensive research, and created the test aircraft Be-1 for better understanding and exploiting the ground effect. 4. September 1972 they could  popp the champagne corks, the first prototype of VVA-14 prototype completed its first flight.

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Then it went downhill.

After two years of further development of VVA-14 Beriev and Bartini installed inflatable floats on the plane. They created so much problems that they were replaced with fixed piping. Then started the actual tests on water.

But when Bartini abruptly died in 1974, it meant the hook on the door for the unusual VVA-14. Developments stopes and, after 107 flights were completed the project.

The only full copy of the “aircraft boat”, VVA-14 number 19172, was handed over to the Civil Aviation Museum in the Soviet Union in 1987.

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The Caspian Monster

Although a project was discontinued, did not mean that the Russian war machine torpedoed the idea around ground effect vehicle. On the contrary.
Parallel to Bartini Beriev VVA-14 USSR developed another concept vessel, which since then has been nicknamed “the Caspian monster”.

It was designed by Rostislav Alexeyev. With a wingspan of almost 40 meters and a length of over 90 meters, it was the largest the aircraft in the world.

It was actually the CIA that named the aircraft the  “Caspian Monster”. Spy photos of the aircraft being tested in the Caspian showed letters KM on the fuselage, as CIA “translated” to “Kaspian Monster”. In reality it stood for “Korabl maket” – which is Russian for “prototype ship.”

The real monster

The Caspian monster was never put into operation, but designer Rostislav Alexeyev other projects did.

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MD-160 is the only ground effect vehicle Lun class that exists. It was used in the service of the Soviet Union and Russia from 1987 to late into the 1990s.

Lun has cruise speed of 550 km / h and is designed for anti-surface warfare, naval warfare thus concentrating on defeating  ships on the sea surface. For the Job Lun is equipped with P-270 Moskit missiles.

Ground effect vehicle is no longer in use and is in a port in marine warehouse in kaspiysk.

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Despite limited distribution, Russian aircraft manufacturers still believe in ground effect vehicle. In 2015  Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau showed two concept of a new aircraft type, called A-050. According to the aircraft manufacturer the aircraft will be ideal for coast guard and rescue services.

This optical illusion can transform your vision for up to three months!

This trick turns black and white to green and red.

Forget the dress that got half of the world`s population to say that it was gold and white, while the rest said it was blue and black.

«The McCollough effect» can get you to see black and white as green and red for several weeks!

Optical Illusion

This “Trick” was first recognized by the American psychologist Celeste McCollough Howard in 1965, and thanks to YouTube clip of Tom Scott has the optical illusion in the past year received massive attention on the internet.

In the video clip that he has titled “image that can destroy your brain” Tom Scott explains how the illusion works.
Meanwhile warns YouTube user, especially people who work with text and video to try out the McCollough effect.

From black and white to red and green

First, one should look at a picture with vertical and horizontal lines in black and white to confirm that it actually looks black and white.

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Then one should look at another picture with red and black horizontal stripes and a picture with green and black vertical lines.

Switch between looking at various lines and the center of the images. This is to be done for up to three minutes.

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Then look  immediately against the image of the white and black lines again.

Now the horisonale lines have a more greenish color, while the vertical lines will be more pinkish.

This effect can last up to 3.5 months, according to a British newspaper.

The effect will be more pronounced the longer you stared at the pictures with the red and green lines.

A farmer saw a hole in the rock wall – But The Inside Has Astounded The Whole World

This shows just how incredibly beautiful nature really is.

 

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places  on the planet. It was first discovered by a local farmer in 1991, but it would take 18 years before scientists were able to make their way into the cave and see what was hiding there.

What a sight it must have been!

Son Doong Cave is not only the world’s largest cave, it is its own little world. Under the roof there is space to a 40-story skyscraper. The cave include a jungle, a river and an abundance of wildlife.

The researchers estimate that the cave is about five million years old. The largest room in Son Doong is more than five kilometers long and stretches 200 meters into the air.

 

 

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Hunter fends off grizzly by sticking arm into its throat!!?

 

A man hunting elk in the Montana mountains said he fended off an attacking grizzly bear by shoving his arm into its throat to induce a gag reflex that would frighten it away, according to state wildlife managers.

The 26 year old Ole Chase Dellwo, was hunting with a crossbow for elk with his brother in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Montana on Saturday when he surprised a 500-pound (200kg) grizzly bear lumbering along the river, said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Bruce Auchly.

“It was startled, he was startled; the bear engaged in a defensive attack,” he said on Monday.

Dellwo later told wardens he crammed his arm crosswise into the back of the grizzly’s jaws because he had read an article that said large animals have pronounced gag responses.

Wildlife managers were not acquainted with the literature or purportedly excessive gag reflexes among the massive, hump-shouldered bruins, but Dellwo’s action prompted the bear to break off its attack and run away, Auchly said.

Wardens do not intend to capture the bear or kill it since it engaged in a defensive, rather than predatory, attack.

“If the grizzly wanted to kill him, it would have killed him,” said Auchly.

Dellwo, of Bellgrade, Montana, was driven by his younger brother to a nearby medical clinic before being taken to a hospital in Great Falls where he remained on Monday for treatment of injuries that include cuts to his head and face.

Wildlife managers advise carrying bear spray to ward off attacks. ( I world rather be carrying a gun) Dellwo was not equipped with bear spray when he encountered the grizzly.

Drunk squirrel gets locked in a pub!

 

At first sight it looked like the club had been broken into and trashed.

Beer was overflowing from the trays and onto the floor, which was also strewn with money, napkins and straws. Glasses and liqour bottles were knocked off their shelves of Honeybourne Railway Club in the town of Evesham in Worcestershire, England.

“At first I thought we’d been burgled but I realised it was all still locked up and that’s when we saw the squirrel,” club branch secretary Sam Boulter told Worcester News.

“I’d never seen anything like it before, he had ran around the shelves and across the bar.

“There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around and he had obviously run across the bar’s pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey’s and also managed to ruin some barrels too.

“He must have flung himself on the handle.

 

Man rides horse into Tesco supermarket

Reddit user captures image of man in County Galway riding a big white horse in a Tesco supermarket!?

A man in Ireland has been snapped riding a horse inside a Tesco supermarket.

The bizarre incident took place in Ballinasloe, a town in County Gallway.

The image of the man, astride a brown and white cart horse, was posted on Reddit on Tuesday by user PeterTheOstrich.

The picture shows the horse trotting towards the doors of the store, as if it is about the leave the supermarket. Nearby shoppers appear unfazed.

The photograph was taken while a horse show was on in the area, which might go part of the way to explaining what exactly was going on.

A spokesperson for Tesco told the Irish Examiner: “We were expecting some visitors from the Ballinasloe Horse Fair to trot into store this week but safe to say this was an unexpected visitor.

“We can confirm that the horse and his companion didn’t stay long enough to do their weekly shop and no damage was caused.”

 

Zombies have invaded the streets of London!

The streets of London were today filled with hordes of zombies!?

But dont get panic! The walking dead were out to celebrate World Zombie Day 2015, a celebration of all things undead.

Over a hundred fans of horror flicks like Dawn Of The Dead and TV shows like the Walking Dead descended in London today, and dragged their lifeless bodies around, posing with delighted tourists.

Some of the more bizarre costumes include a zombie Nazi soldier (Dead snow movies) , zombie newlyweds, a zombie Mexican, and even a zombie Smurf.

World Zombie Day is an international annual event that started in Pittsburgh back in 2006.

More than 50 cities worldwide participate in World Zombie Day, including New York, Pittsburgh, Oslo, Paris, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, and Tokyo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE BEERS IN THE WORLD!

It`s easy to get lost in the waste sea of beers these days, everyday there is a new edition from one of the thousands of microbreweries being put on the store shelfs.

Almost every brewery these days issues a special-edition batch that fetches a serious premium. Just how expensive can these brews get? These six wallet busters shows us that beer can be really, really expensive!

1. SAMUEL ADAMS UTOPIA

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Country of origin: United States

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 28%

Price: $150 for 750 ml ($ .20 per ml)

To create Utopias, the brewers at Sam Adams used traditional brewing ingredients including all four types of Noble hops, which add a slightly earthy, herbal taste. The spiciness of the hops really comes alive. In fact, Utopias MMII has even been described by some as almost “fiery” — a fitting description for the strongest beer in history. Beyond the special brand of hops, Utopias features ingredients that truly set it apart from other varieties of beer. Utopias MMII contains caramel and Vienna malts for its rich amber color and several different types of yeast including a variety found in champagne. $150 a bottle and it’s limited to 3000 bottles, which look like copper brew kettles.

2. BREWDOG’S SINK THE BISMARCK!

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Country of origin: Scotland

Style: Quadruple IPA

ABV: 41%

Price: $80 for 375 ml ($ .21 per ml)

Sink the Bismarck is a quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times to create at a staggering 41% ABV.

This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers  a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts.

3. SCHORSCHBRÄU’S SCHORSCHBOCK 57 

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Country of origin: Germany

Style: Eisbock

ABV: 57.50%

Price: $275 / 330 ml ($ .83 per ml)

Released in 2011, Schorschbock 57 claims to be the strongest beer in the world. According to Master brewer Georg Tscheuschner, a higher proof beer would violate Germany’s 500-year-old Beer Purity Law. Schorschbräu only made 36 bottles, and each carries a price tag of €200. Tasters say the 115 proof bock is smoky and nutty, with hints of raisins and, obviously, alcohol. The folks at ratebeer.com gave it a paltry 20/100

4. CARLSBERG’S JACOBSEN VINTAGE NO. 1

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Country of origin: Denmark

Style: Barley wine

ABV: 10.5%

Price: $400 / 375 ml ($1.06 per ml)

Only 600 bottles have been brewed and in a very short time the expensive brew has become a hot topic among international beer connoisseurs and journalists alike.

Vintage No.1 has, as the only contemporary beer, been matured in J.C. Jacobsen’s original crypt-like cellar from 1847, for six months in new Swedish and new French oak barrels. “The project started as a wild idea and a wish to create a new type of beer that had never been seen before. During the ageing process in new barrels, lots of chemical processes take place. Not all reactions are known but they taste wonderful”, says Jens Eiken, Head Brewer at Jacobsen.

Each bottle of Jacobsen Vintage No. 1 is labelled with an original hand stilled lithographic print made by the Danish artist Frans Kannik. The prints depict fables of Sif. Sif was married to the Nordic god Thor, who was often used by Carls Jacobsen as a symbol of strength.

5. BREWDOG’S THE END OF HISTORY

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Country of origin: Scotland

Style: Blond Belgian Ale

ABV: 55%

Price: $765 / 330 ml ($2.31 per ml)

The End of History: The name derives from the famous work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama, this is to beer what democracy is to history. Fukuyama defined history as the evolution of the political system and traced this through the ages until we got the Western Democratic paradigm. For Fukuyama this was the end point of man’s political evolution and consequently the end of history. The beer is the last high abv beer we are going to brew, the end point of our research into how far the can push the boundaries of extreme brewing, the end of beer.

This blond Belgian ale is infused with nettles from the Scottish Highlands and Fresh juniper berries. Only 12 bottles have been made and each comes with its own certificate and is presented in a stuffed stoat or grey squirrel. The striking packaging was created by a very talented taxidermist and all the animals used were road kill. This release is a limited run of 11 bottles, 7 stoats and 4 grey squirrels. Each ones comes with its own certificate of authenticity.

6. NAIL BREWING`S ANTARTIC NAIL ALE

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Country of origin: Australia

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 10%

Price: $1,850 / 500 ml (highest winning bid at auction) ($3.70 per ml)

This limited release beer was created by John Stallwood, the owner of Nail Brewing. Stallwood’s brother-in-law is part of the crew on board a Sea Sheperd ship, and recently visited an iceberg floating in the waters off Antarctica. He collected some of the ice there and flew it back to Tasmania, where it was melted and then passed on to Stallwood to use in the beer. The result was a 30-bottle run of Antarctic Nail Ale. A beer you could feel good about drinking, 100% of the profits from an auction of this refreshing pale ale went to the Sea Shepherds to aid in protecting the world’s marine life.

ALSO CHECK OUT OUR LIST OF THE WORLDS STRONGEST BEERS!

 

STRONGEST BEER EVER MADE!

SNAKE VENOM- The worlds strongest beer!

You definitely wouldn’t want to chug this one…or maybe you would? The world’s strongest beer has been named as a British one with an alcohol level of almost 70%! Ouch!

Lab tests have confirmed the super strength of Brewmeister’s Snake Venom, which is made in Scotland, and has an alcohol content of 68 %. It’s the perfect beer to drink if you want to forget about all your problems for a while.

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The snake venom even carries a yellow label warning. It is produced using two different yeast strains – ale and champagne – and freeze-concentrated to secure its alcohol content.

Lewis Shand of Brewmeister said: ‘Snake Venom is not like other beers in that we would not recommend drinking a whole bottle in one go. It should be savoured in small measures in a similar way to a fine whisky or brandy.

So this time guys, please dont hold my beer, you can`t handle it! The bad news is that it costs 50£ a bottle.. but then again, how many bottles do you really need? 

The World`s tallest waterslide!

The world`s tallest waterslide is the The Verrückt water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City!

Before park visitors go down the slide, they’ll have to go up: 264 stairs to a platform higher than the Statue of liberty

The slide,  Verrückt actually means “insane” in German, was officially declared the world’s tallest in April 2014. The initial opening date was in May 2014, but the park delayed opening it three times.

In order to prepare for the opening, the slide needed some adjustments. The rafts, which were originally intended to hold four people, now hold three. The slope of the hill was changed to a more gentle 22 degrees, but was heightened by 11 feet. The structure is 168 feet tall.

Before even being allowed to climb the stairs of the world`s tallest waterslide, visitors must step onto a scale to ensure the combined weight of the two or three people who will be on a single raft does not exceed 550 pounds. After passing that, a park worker reads a list that is part warning and part disclaimer.

One of the warnings listed is ofcourse the possibility of death.

The slide’s designer Jeff Henry called it “baddest ride ever built,” and said that he wore his cowboy boots the first time he went down because he wanted to be wearing them if he died.

And since you cant bring anything with you on this amasing ride, Please hold my beer!