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Russians dress up as 'bus' to cross Vladivostok bridge... and get BUSted

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The two-kilometer Zolotoy Bridge in Russia's Vladivostok is off limits for pedestrian crossings but a creative team of four people devised a daring plan to fool the system by posing as one big 'human bus.'

The tall bridge, arching over Zolotoy Rog Bay, was opened for traffic in 2012. Three years later, it was officially closed for pedestrians for safety reasons - the existing walkways were deemed too narrow under transport and anti-terrorism regulations. Before that, the bridge had also seen three suicides and one suicide attempt.


Bear and fox demand food payment from passing tourists

A video showing a bear demanding and getting treats from a passing car has gone viral in Russia. The story behind it is both more interesting than expected, and really sad.

The video shows a brown bear getting a few cookies from the driver of a car in Russia's Far East. It was published last week by Vladimir Lirkin on his Instagram page. Some commenters found it quite cute, while others were outraged - it's actually a bad idea to teach a bear that humans can be a source of food.

After the video went viral, Lirkin, who lives on Sakhalin Island, explained to a regional news agency that the bear is part of an animal duo - the other half being a fox - who have been imposing a food toll on the road since at least the start of summer. The road is located on the smaller Iturup Island, one of the Kuril chain, and leads to a hot spring that is popular among tourists.


Is every other Russian in London really a spy or informant? #ICYMI checks it out

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Right-wing think tank the Henry Jackson Society has released a report titled 'Putin Sees and Hears it all' which includes a claim that every second Russian in London could be a spy or an informant.

That would mean anywhere up to 75,000 Russians sending secrets back to their spymasters, which is a pretty serious workload when you think about it.

The author of the now much ridiculed report, Dr. Andrew Foxall, pointed to "increasing paranoia" among Russian immigrants, although [he] ignored the increasing paranoia among researchers at right-wing think tanks.

So, with that many alleged Russian spies wandering around the British capital, ICYMI went to see how easy they are to find.



CDC Warning: People with dirt on Clintons have 843% greater risk of suicide

© Babylon Bee
Atlanta, GA - According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control released on Thursday, people with inside, compromising knowledge of Bill and Hillary Clinton's financial and political dealings are 843% more likely to commit suicide.

"We've never seen a single risk factor cause a spike of this magnitude," a CDC spokesperson told reporters. "Interestingly, in spite of their increased suicide risk, people with dirt on the Clintons rarely show any warning signs of suicide, and they never leave a suicide note."


Florida recount finalized, Al Gore declared president!

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Al Gore
As Florida finally wrapped up its contentious recount of the votes tallied in the recent midterm elections, a winner was finally declared: Al Gore is now the president of the United States.

The recount process at long last found the "missing votes" that would have handed Gore the presidency back in 2000, making him the official president of the country.

"Well, it's about time," Gore said in his acceptance speech. "Thanks to all the fine people that made this happen. It really is too bad that the earth is going to be destroyed by fire by 2015--err, I mean, 2019, or else I could really savor my presidency."

Gore will be granted two terms as US president, ousting President Trump and canceling the 2020 election. "We just assume he would have won again and ushered in a liberal golden age," said an election official. "So he's got 8 years to reclaim his lost time. Make the most of it, Al, and great job. You deserve it!"

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'Big Cat?!' Russian taxi driver shocked as a passenger brings leopard in cab

© Global Look Press/ Günter Lenz
Modern taxi drivers are used to having to accommodate passengers' requests, from XXL cabs to being pet-friendly. But one Russian driver was left mind-boggled when a passenger told him he'd be boarding with his... leopard.

According to local news outlet Homsk, the driver, from the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, received a call with an unheard-of request along the lines of: "I will go with a big cat in my arms (leopard)."

That turned out to actually be the case as the passenger showed up with the feline predator, who sat on his owner's knees in the passenger seat for the duration of the trip.

Better Earth

Flat earther thinks the Earth is actually shaped like a doughnut

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A Flat Earther (well, an ex-Flat Earther) now thinks the Earth is actually shaped like a doughnut.

Not comfortable with the idea of our home looking like a vinyl record, Flat Earth Society member Varuag, has posed the possibility of the planet actually being more of a Krispy Kreme.

'I was wondering how a theory like FE theory gets formed, and I came to the conclusion that someone must've thought of the original idea,' they wrote. 'And then it must've been followed by a long series of people pointing out flaws and then re-adjusting the theory (or thinking of new ideas) to iron out the flaws in the theory.'

Comment: Hard to believe that someone came up with a hypothesis more ridiculous than flat-earth. Why anyone would bother to make something more complicated, that requires more twists and turns in logic and reasoning than even the flat-earth hypothesis requires, really says something about the mindset of people entertaining these delusions.

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Wealthy Americans assure populace that heavily armed floating city contructed above nation has nothing to do with anything

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America’s richest residents maintained that it was best to go about your day and never give a second thought to the massive, heavily armed floating city siphoning the Great Lakes.
Don't worry about it,' say rich

America's richest residents maintained that it was best to go about your day and never give a second thought to the massive, heavily armed floating city siphoning the Great Lakes.

Saying it was definitely not a situation to get worked up about, the nation's wealthiest residents assured the rest of the American public Friday that the heavily armed city being built in the sky high above the central United States had nothing to do with anything and could just be ignored.

According to the richest 0.1 percent of Americans, the massive floating city, which now casts a shadow from Nebraska to Minnesota, is lined across its entire perimeter with visible gun turrets, can house 300,000 people in luxurious accommodations, and uses giant tubes to siphon up fresh water from the Great Lakes, was not anything anyone needed to be concerned about.


Man plays piano to soothe sick, blind elephants at sanctuary in Thailand

pianist plays to elephant
They say an elephant never forgets, and those at Elephants World in Thailand will certainly never forget Paul Barton. Barton is the man who introduced these elephants to classical music.

Barton is a classical pianist who has shared his talents with some very big audiences - literally big. He spends a lot of his time performing for elephants. Barton shares his experiences with these giant creatures in vlogs on his YouTube channel and on Facebook, and his videos have gone viral.

It all started when he and his wife first discovered the sanctuary, Elephants World, online, Barton explains in a video. "We liked the sound of the place being a retirement center for old, injured and handicapped former logging and trekking elephants," Barton said. "So we paid them a visit. I wondered if these old rescue elephants might like to listen to some slow classical music."


Kremlin jokes about offering Megyn Kelly a job after her 'blackface' comments

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© Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin
Megyn Kelly interviews Vladimir Putin in June 2017
Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, waded into the controversy surrounding NBC host when he praised her interviewing skills, but said her $23-million-a-year contract might be too much for the Russian media.

In the wake of the blackface comments that cost Kelly her job, she has received at least two (mostly) tongue-in-cheek offers. One from Russia's Channel One, the most popular terrestrial broadcaster, and the other from the Federal News Agency, which has been painted in US news outlets as the public face of purported Russian "troll farm"Internet Research Agency - claims which it vehemently denies.

On Monday, Peskov was asked to comment on Kelly's career prospects in foreign media.