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Cosmonaut Day

Cosmonautics Day Stamp

On April 12, 1961 the Soviet Union made history by sending Yuri Gagarin into space.  He was the world’s first astronaut, and he was the one who shot the United States in the arm and made us realize that we had a long way to go if we wanted to beat the commies at their own game.

In 1962, the USSR commemorated this day as a national holiday – Cosmonautics Day.  In 2011 some random international agency declared it the International Day of Human Space Flight, whatever that means.

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Radioactive Living

There are many places on the planet that are radioactive.  When on Earth, has a list of 10 sites where humans continue to live to this day.  It’s interesting because some of them are naturally radioactive.  High levels of trace radioactive elements are contained in the hillsides, beaches, and surrounding areas.  Due to erosion, and the general tendency of man to use their surroundings to live in, background levels of radioactivity are much higher then normal.

Of course, Chernobyl is top of the list, but there are still some other interesting things there.  Many are from the cold war era, and in areas of the former Soviet Union.