Google's Driverless Car Involved In Injury Accident
Unusual Stuff

Vladimir Putin Brings Back The USSR’s Hero Of Labor Medal

Posted 5/01/2013 8:49 pm by
The Medal of Labor and Medal of Socialist Labor, side by side.

The Medal of Labor and Medal of Socialist Labor, side by side.

Once upon a time, it was the highest honor that a citizen of the Soviet Union could receive.  It went to weapons designers, famous cosmonauts, and the best of the best that the people of Russia.  However, since the fall of the USSR, the medal has been out of commission.  Thankfully, or perhaps not thankfully, Vladimir Putin is something of a Soviet Union history buff, and he’s tapping into the nostalgia for Stalin by reintroducing a great Soviet-era honor.  Vladimir Putin has awarded the Hero of Labor medal for the first time since 1991.

Fittingly, the medals went to some very important people and also some blue collar slobs.  Brain surgeon Alexander Konovalov and Valery Gergiev, director of the Marinsky Theatre and conductor of the London Philharmonic, and three blue collar workers–Putin’s biggest support group–were all given the medals.  However, the medals have been redesigned.  Rather than the hammer and sickle of the USSR, it sports the double-headed eagle of the Russian Federation.  Aside from that, the medal is the same, though Putin denies any Stalinism overtones.

Said Putin:  “Stalinism is connected to the cult of personality, massive legal abuses, repressions and camps.  There are no such things in Russia, and I hope they will never happen again.”

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Share this post, or Subscribe:

More Stuff Worth Checking Out »

Unusual Stuff

TSA Agent Fakes Security Search To Molest Traveler

Posted 8/28/2015 7:36 pm by

The Transportation Security Agency is an agency that’s basically out of control.  They’ve already been sued for abusing their power, and that lawsuit hasn’t really changed things all that much.  TSA screeners still abuse their power, and one gross example of abuse took that quite literally. A TSA security screener used his position to lure […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Facebook Tops 1 Billion Concurrent Users

Posted 8/27/2015 7:50 pm by

There have been no rivals for Facebook.  Once it came onto the scene and lapped MySpace in total users, the battle was over.  Sure, the occasional pretender to the throne made some noise, but these days, everyone’s on Facebook and just about everyone depends on Facebook to stay connected with family and friends.  When Facebook […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Burger King To McDonald’s: McWhopper Team-Up?

Posted 8/26/2015 5:52 pm by

Burger King has been trying for years to dethrone McDonald’s as the king of America’s fast food empire, but they’re been unsuccessful thus far.  They’re tried pretty much everything:  a Microsoft Windows 7 tie-in, a gigantic burger served like pizza, delivery service in select markets, and a complete menu overhaul and redo.  So far, nothing’s […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Japanese Sending Whiskey Into Space

Posted 8/25/2015 3:42 pm by

It doesn’t matter what country you’re in or what their nominal national spirit is, these days everyone loves brown party liquor.  This is a world in which Russians love Scottish whisky, a heady post-Mad Men world where clear is out and the barrel-aged is in.  Suntory is a world-famous brand, makers of the best whiskey […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

“Fear The Walking Dead” Sets Cable Debut Record

Posted 8/24/2015 6:21 pm by

People have been waiting for the debut of Fear the Walking Dead all summer.  It’s not every day that the hottest show on television expands its universe and heads in a different direction from the companion show, but here we are, there’s AMC footing the bill, and there’s more zombie action for the television screen. […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Drug-Resistant Super Lice Are Here

Posted 8/21/2015 7:50 pm by

When I was a kid, there was nothing I hated more than the school head lice check.  Now, I never had lice, but I always felt indignant that they were going to go through my hair with a literal fine-tooth comb in a chair in the gymnasium, then repeat the process with several hundred other […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Caitlyn Jenner Faces Possible Manslaughter Charges In Fatal Crash

Posted 8/20/2015 6:33 pm by

You can change your face, you can change your name, you can get Siri to vouch for you, but there’s one force you can’t escape from, and that’s the law.  Caitlyn Jenner is finding that out the hard way as Los Angeles prosecutors have decided to ask the district attorney to consider bringing her up on […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

American Flag Raised Over Cuban Embassy

Posted 8/14/2015 8:28 pm by

Things have changed drastically since the days when the United States had active spy networks working in Cuba.  Once upon a time, the goal of the government was to topple the Castro administration, and Cuba has been kept in the dark for a long, long time after the Communist uprising.  The Cold War, the Cuban […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Vetoed

Posted 8/13/2015 5:52 pm by

You’d think that in the middle of a crowded political primary, busy politicians like New Jersey governor Chris Christie would be neglecting their home state.  Well, primary or not, Chris Christie is still New Jersey’s governor, and he’s still doing governor things, like vetoing bills.  Chris Christie has vetoed a change in New Jersey law […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

EA Sports Pulls NHL 16 Cover

Posted 8/12/2015 5:56 pm by

If you’re a professional athlete, getting on the cover of a video game is a big deal.  That means you’re not just a star, not just the face of a franchise, you’re the face of your entire sport.  Athletes love being on the cover of games, even if the Madden Curse tends to derail football […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

North Korea Injures Two South Korean Soldiers With Mines

Posted 8/10/2015 8:11 am by

It’s pretty easy to laugh off North Korea.  After all, they’re prone to doing silly stuff like changing their time zone for no good reason and prancing around with ridiculous medals.  All that provocation can go too far, though, and according to South Korea, the North has made a naked declaration of aggression against their […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

North Korea Now Has Its Own Time Zone

Posted 8/07/2015 6:30 pm by

It doesn’t really matter who is in charge, North Korea is going to stay strange.  Kim Jong-Il pushed the country pretty far, and Kim Jong-Un is going even farther than his father, or at least is allowing the country to go farther.  Your guess is as good as mine as to who is really in […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

Unlucky Scientist Discovers Venomous Frog The Hard Way

Posted 8/06/2015 7:21 pm by

If seems that frogs, toads, and other amphibians can exist pretty much everywhere on earth, save the polar regions.  Frogs are basically everywhere, and yet it seems like unusual new frogs are being discovered everywhere as people continue to explore the earth’s hidden places.  Two new frogs were discovered in Brazil, and these frogs are […]

Read »
Unusual Stuff

John Mayer Joins The Grateful Dead Spin-Off Band

Posted 8/05/2015 7:58 pm by

John Mayer might not seem like a wild child, but he’s got a bit of that 60’s way about him, and not just in his lifestyle.  I don’t know if he imbibes like the jam bands of old, but he can definitely play guitar like them, and that’s what’s taking Mayer on a long strange […]

Read »