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When I was a kid growing up in the 50’s and 60’s the idea of going to the moon was science fiction. Today, it’s ancient history.

from *I fucking love silence* -cmd_iii

That’s how you wear a one piece. Happpy 4th from Marilyn Monroe


The Depressing Industrial City of Norilsk | Via

The city was founded in 1935, as a slave labor camp, and later as a settlement for those working in mining and metallurgic operation. Located at the foot of the 1,700-meter high Putoran Mountains, where occurs some of the largest nickel deposits on earth, Norilsk is a hotbed for mining and smelting industries. The city contains the world’s largest heavy metals smelting complex, producing more than 20 percent of the world’s nickel, 50 percent of its palladium, more than 10 percent of its cobalt, and 3 percent of its copper. Norilsk’s exports make up more than 2 percent of Russia’s GDP.

The average life expectancy of the workers is ten years shorter than the national average. Residents suffer from numerous respiratory diseases, and the incidents of cancer, blood and skin disorders is high. Only 4% of adults in the city are healthy.

it’s obvious that those who live and work in Norilsk do so for the money, but even those who voluntarily came here to make money are eager to escape. But leaving the city is not easy, especially for the older residents on pension, and with a family and apartment. Property prices are low in Norilsk, which means they cannot sell and leave the city, because even if they did, it’s impossible to buy anything with the money in other regions.

They live, work, spend and reproduce for the mining company. The town’s isolation means they pour their wages into company-owned shops and facilities. The money goes back to the company, and eventually people pass away.

"Mother Russia" what I also noticed was the lack of traffic for a city this size.

(via fishstickmonkey)

Five for Monday.

Something’s outta place.

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

—Marlene Dietrich


Everything in its Place

If I could marry a vintage infographic, I would be down on one knee in front of John Philipps Emslie’s 19th century creations. Simply brilliant.

Especially that volcano.

Found at Lost Type.

(via parastatic)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.

—Dr, Seuss

Angkor is one of the most important and the greatest archaeological sites in the world. This by the way the world’s largest (400 square kilometers) temple complex (almost a 1000 temples) was between IX and XV century the capital of the Khmer Empire. Probably, in the eleventh century, numbering one million inhabitants of Angkor was the largest city in the contemporary world.

(Source: spontantrip, via parastatic)