Olga Chekhova Hitler’s favorite film star
One of the great adventuresses of her time, Olga Chekhova, married into Anton Chekhov’s family and then became Hitler’s favorite film star. In addition, Goebbels’s protege, supposedly Stalin’s and Beria’s secret agent. Possibly mistress of the head of Smersh, the Soviet intelligence organization. And, finally, mythologized by the English tabloids as “The spy who vamped Hitler”.
Russian-German actress Olga Konstantinovna Chekhova was born on 14 April, 1897 in Russian Empire. Her film roles include the female lead in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mary.
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Olga Chekhova Hitler’s favorite film star
Beautiful Monarch butterfly
Considered the most beautiful butterfly in the world, its wings on top have a chestnut-brown color, and below – white color. Traditionally, a fantastic action in the mountains of Mexico take place. Every year more than 150,000 tourists from all over the world come to Mexico to see this amazing phenomenon. Each year about 300 million of these beautiful multi-colored butterflies spread their wings go on a long – more than 4,000 km! Travel from Canada and the northeastern U.S. states for the winter in fir forests of the mountains of central Mexico. Until recently, the place where generations of butterflies have sought to produce offspring, remained a mystery. Today, small groups of nature lovers, accompanied by the best naturalists in Mexico can watch this exciting natural phenomenon.
Mysterious paintings by Rene Magritte
Even the reflection will turn away from you. The artist tries to talk with the audience in plain language. Depicting a dove, he implies the most frequent interpretation of a symbol of peace, depicting an Apple – temptation and discord. His paintings are trying to analyze the logic of associations. Great Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) displays ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. The feelings of tension and mystery present in the paintings of the artist, and a combination of non-standard items makes you wonder. A special role play the names of pictures, which are always poetic, and at first glance not related to the paintings. But this is precisely their significance.
Phenomenon of Dancing wood
Called “Dancing woods”, a truly unique place is in Kaliningrad region, Russia, in the national park Curonian. To understand the phenomenon of twisted trees anomaly, many scientists have tried different hypothesis. In particular, environmental factors, genetic factors, exposure to viruses or pests, and even a special cosmic energy of the place. Undoubtedly, the place is far from being normal. For example, if you come in to a few meters, you feel something is wrong, as if it’s the world of spirits, the place has a strong energy. However, the staff of the national park do not believe in supernatural. Instead, they see the answer in the geomagnetic field. Also, a similar place called “Troll Forest” is in Denmark, and it is also on the Baltic coast. In fact, no one has fully explained the nature of this phenomenon.
The Easter Island heads also have bodies
The enduring image in the public’s mind of the mysterious heads on Easter Island is simply that – heads. So it comes as quite a shock to see the heads from another angle – and discover that they have full bodies, extending down many, many feet into the ground of the island. The Easter Island Statue Project has been carefully excavating two of 1,000-plus statues on the islands – doing their best to uncover the secrets of the mysterious stones, and the people who built them.
Project director Jo Anne Van Tilburg said: ‘Our EISP excavations recently exposed the torsos of two 7m tall statues. ‘Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of visitors to the island have been astonished to see that, indeed, Easter Island statues have bodies! ‘More important, however, we discovered a great deal about the Rapa Nui techniques of ancient engineering.’
Alien landscape of slime molds – neither animal or plant
The author of these photographs, almost surreal – Kim Fleming (myriorama). In fact, Slime molds are fascinating; and they live at the border between unicellular and multicellular. Neither animal or plant, some of the shots do look like alien landscapes. For most of their life, they live the life of a amoeboid single-cell. Then one of them decides it’s time to reproduce and sends out a signal to all the others in the area, which flow together into a vast heap. When enough have come together, they turn into a “slug”, which moves in a particular direction rather like the treads on a tank. When the slug has reached a suitable spot, it then differentiates: some of the cells turn into a long stalk which lift the others, which turn into a spore pod, up out of the layer of laminar air near the ground into the turbulent air further up. The fascinating thing is that these cells, which are originally identical and individual organisms, come together and undergo different fates. In particular, the ones which form the stalk never reproduce; they sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the ones which form the spore pod.
Rasputins letter to Nicholas about his own death
In December 1916 Grigory Rasputin sent a letter to Nicholas II about his own death: “I feel that I shall leave life before January 1st. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa (the Tsar), to the Russian Mother (the Tsarina) and to the Children what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, the Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood for twenty-five years and they will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no peace in the country.