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25 Soviet things that were not heard abroad

The past of each country is unique and unites the people living in it. Maxim Magazine remembered the good Soviet times and collected what arouses pleasant awe and nostalgia in our hearts.

1. Pioneerball

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

This version of volleyball, simplified for children's sickly bodies, appeared in the 1930s. Let this kind of Soviet children's sport develop basically only a grasping function of the body, but it was tremendously democratic. To play pioneerball could literally everything: boys, girls, fat, dystrophic, mentally retarded and glasses. In pioneerball, there were no stars, because it was not good to play it (you could play very badly, but that's another story). Until now, Russian children in Turkish and Spanish hotels are amazing staff, playing their mysterious game.

2. Trust turnstiles

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

That's where they are buried, the roots of national psychology. Only at us turnstiles work by a principle of predatory plants. They lurk in the darkness of the iron boxes, creating an illusion of complete freedom and security. But with any attempt at illegal penetration, their jaws are closed on the body of the offender - in the area of ​​the most vulnerable places. Yes, we are not looking for simple ways. We do not trust him from childhood.

3. Boiled condensed milk

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

Caramelized concentrated milk lives in foreign supermarkets - in the departments of all ingredients for confectionery. But the taste, appearance and smell is not at all what our dear condensed milk, which you yourself had cooked for three hours in a saucepan, and then scraped off the walls and ceiling. After being slightly distracted to watch the final match of the European Cup.

4. Footcloths

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

"Footcloths were, are and will be! "Army General Vladimir Isakov, the chief of the Logistics Logistics, once said in an interview with the press. - Because synthetics for the legs are harmful, especially when running 30 kilometers in kerz boots is necessary. Instead of synthetic dense socks it is necessary to sew each soldier to measure, or they will be crocked, and to fill the legs with bloody calluses. The Russian army tried socks, tried it, not in the Stone Age, we live. So, the experiments failed. It's all sorts of American marines, who, by helicopters and jeeps, move around strive, they can afford to indulge in socks. " This is the opinion of the army leadership. But one of the useful skills from the army each of us can bring. For girls, for example, the ability to instantly make yourself socks made from two handkerchiefs makes an indelible impression.

5. Sitting on the walkway

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Our ancient national superstition says that if all members of a noisy family sit down and leave for a moment before leaving, the trip will be successful. If only because it is at this sacred moment that they can mystically realize that passports have remained on the couch, tickets are in the bathroom, and the child wears skates instead of mittens.

6. Knock on wood

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As you know, around each person is full of eared evil spirits who are busy with destroying all dreams. As soon as they hear that someone there wants to buy a horse more favorably, or to give a daughter a successful marriage, then they immediately rush off from all the paws, pick up the price, and spoil the girl-just to foul. Therefore, in all countries, intelligent people, foolishly expressing some of their desire out loud, immediately knocked on the tree: the devil's tree frightens off, which the druids still understood. But now this useful skill other nations podotratili. And we knocked and knocked!

7. Broom broom

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More like an instrument of torture than pleasure, this bundle of branches with withered leaves is a much more original symbol of our country than the French ballet, Chinese kokoshnik or, for example, black caviar, which can be exported by all kinds of Iran and Canada. Many nations have baths. A broom is only with us.

8. Birch Juice

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It seems that many birches grow, but for some reason no one thought about how tasty and useful birch sap. Maybe it's all a matter of some kind of gene, only allowing us to feel the subtle taste of sweet plywood, which is so beautiful in childhood? Yes, and an adult man birch sap is absolutely necessary when a foreigner comes to visit him. Then you can buy a jar of this juice and make the guest taste our national drink, with a kind of pleasure watching the expression of his face at this moment.

9. Kvass

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

Let the sake, the progenitor of kvass, come up in Mesopotamia - today neither in Egypt, nor in Iran kvass during the day with fire you will not find, as in any other country of the world. Only here. And those scoundrels who in recent years have been used to sell carbonated drinks "on the basis of kvass", you just need to heat in basins with their products.

10. "Retona"

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

The washing machine, which weighs 300 grams, practically does not burst electricity and does not fill the neighbors from below, was born in Tomsk, in the research and production association "Reton". Just put it in a basin of water and dirty laundry, add detergent, and rest - I do not want. While you are doing your own business, Retona is engaged in its own: it diligently processes clothes with ultrasonic waves, creates microbubbles that separate dirt from the fibers of the fabric. Then you will only need to rinse the laundry properly, wash it manually or remove the stains from the bleach and squeeze out the washed clothes thoroughly. Millions of people have already bought this ingenious invention. Yes, by the way, "Kasha from an ax" is also a Russian fairy tale.

11. Seeds

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How we contrived to introduce the rank of the ancient national tradition of eating sunflower seeds, which was brought to us about two hundred years ago, is a mystery. Nevertheless, the plant is so absorbed in our culture that even the trained historians are not-yes, and they are mistaken. For example, in the book of the remarkable writer and historian Boris Akunin "Altyn-Tolobas" we can find a beggar girl who scroungs seeds, without being embarrassed by the fact that in the year 1682 this exotic flower was just beginning to breed advanced Dutch and French gardeners.

12. The Vocabulary

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Once it was in many Indo-European languages, but then it degenerated into many. And we carefully preserved it. True, slightly modified. If earlier, when we addressed a person, we expanded the word "e" at the end ("prince", "man"), then in modern Russian, the calling form is, on the contrary, a reduction in the last vowel: Zin, Zin, Listen, Pashk "," Leh, ah, Leh! ".

13. Old New Year

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

Europe moved from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in the late 16th century, and Russia - only in the early twentieth. However, the Orthodox Church categorically refused to participate in this disgrace. There was nothing special about this (after all, all the branches of Orthodoxy celebrate Christmas on January 7), but we also had an atheistic revolution that threw out Christmas on the dustbin of history, and the most important holiday of the year was not made by him, but dangling in the neighborhood New Year, having attached to it all the former Christmas attributes such as Christmas trees, burning stars and gifts of the Magi. As a result, the memory of the people turned out to be a mishmash like salad olivier, and we became owners of unprecedented wealth - already three festive weeks beginning with Catholic Christmas and ending with a slightly sad holiday, the Old New Year, the very name of which is from the category of impossible things, but existing ones.

14. Avoska

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It is not known when a primitive man first figured to connect the tendons of animals so that they form a cellular container, which can be put in your pocket in case you suddenly track down the shortage of sausage on the way from work. But it is known how the name of a bag beloved by Soviet citizens appeared. For the first time it sounded in Raikin's monologue in 1935. "And this is an avoska," said his character, waving the above-mentioned subject in front of the spectator. "Maybe I'll bring something home in it today."

15. Address opposite

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What is more important - a person or a state? Personality or society? A unit or a system? While philosophers are struggling to solve these global issues, they have long been decided by Russian post. Only our address starts from the country, then comes the city, the street, the house and, finally, the combination of letters that you are accustomed to consider as your personal callsign. From the general, so to speak, to particular. In all other countries, you first notify the postal services that you need John Smith, and only then you specify the coordinates of the place where John Smith usually finds himself. But we have a simpler postman!

16. Activated carbon

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Coal has an absorbing property and at the same time lowers the acidity of the environment - what the doctor prescribed. So they are treated "from the stomach" to them everywhere. But khanzhensky-minded doctors and pharmacists from abroad in every way conceal the original component, thrust into the coal all kinds of supplements and subjecting it to various metamorphoses (in life you will not guess what this white pill or pink capsule is made from). And only with us honest sellers are packaged in chemist's packaging blackened, most frightening kind of pills, smearing your mouth and fingers. But it helps!

17. "What? Where? When? "And KVN

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Quiz and competitions on television are more than you can eat. But only two games are our original projects, the scenarios of all the other TV companies were bought from foreign companies. Only two. But the best and the most loved.

18. Staining of Easter eggs with onion husks

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Of course, this is all from poverty. The Russian peasant usually did not have sufficient funds for gold foil and honey paints, so that the poor peasant decorated the eggs with what was on hand - onion scabs. Sometimes even the eggs were wound with threads, so that the cheerful little pattern turned out. But the egg boiled in the onion solution turned out to be much more delicious than usual, especially if the shell slightly cracked.

19. Cupholders

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At a time when glass was worth the ugliness expensive, the coasters were spread everywhere - like armor and support for an unstable high-priced glass. When the glass began to cost a ridiculous number of pennies and pfennings, the cupholders said goodbye to mankind, boarded the ship and sailed with beautiful songs to the fairy-tale country. This happened everywhere, except for one big, big country. People there had to travel very long on trains. And on the road, as you know, I really want tea, especially since in the country we are talking about, tea drinking has become a national tradition. And then it turned out that you can not do without a glass holder in a shaking train: it's unpleasant when you are scalded with boiling water. Everyone is so accustomed to drinking tea from glasses with cup holders that they began to serve this drink in the same way.

20. Buckwheat

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

Although the root of the "Greek" makes us suspect in this mess of the Greek spy, it is the most that neither is ours. Ancient evidence of the use of buckwheat for human consumption found only in one place, in the Altai. There, the fossilized grains of buckwheat in graves and on parking lots are full. Apparently, it was with Altai that the buckwheat spread across Asia - though without much success. Only the Japanese and the Chinese have partially preserved it in the diet, adding crushed buckwheat to flour, and most peoples have never really eaten it. Dietitians believe that the whole point is that you have to get used to buckwheat since childhood, otherwise an adult, for the first time trying buckwheat porridge, will feel bitterness and chemical taste. So, except us, no one really eats and does not know how. Although buckwheat is sold in Europe and the US in all stores of "biological" food, but without tears on these bags you can not watch. Buckwheat in them not roasted: green, crushed and not good for anything.

21. Doors opening inwards

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The legend that the doors of the apartments open in the USSR, so that it would be more convenient for the KGB to knock them out at the time of arrest, is just a legend. Doors opened for the KGB themselves - quietly and doomed. And their location is a common thing for the northern regions. Wherever a couple of meters of snow falls on the porch for a couple of meters, you very quickly understand how to hang doors, if you intend to get out of the house before the spring comes.

22. Pickle

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Marinade - at least fill it. You will not find a simple cucumber pickle anywhere and never. Only here. It is not clear why the export has not yet been set up, the tanks do not rush, brine lines have not been laid. One might think that we are such drinkers alone. Or was there no one ready to risk the liver of Prometheus, who would have stolen this mystery from us and gave it to the man suffering from a hangover?

23. On 8 March and 23 February

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There are no such paired holidays anywhere. Unless in Japan our main sexual holidays correspond to the "holiday of boys" and the "holiday of girls". But there it is only for children, and we have it for everyone. For a long time nobody looks at the original meaning of these dates. On the day of a working woman, even those ladies who have not worked five minutes in their lives receive gifts, and on the day of the Russian army the most heroic deviators will not be saved from new examples of socks, ties and razors in their private collection.

24. Zelenka

25 советских вещей, о которых не слышали за границей

Perhaps, in our country there is not a single house where there would not be at least one bubble of greenery. The magic remedy for everything: anoint - and everything will pass. From "Domodedovo" and "Sheremetyev" daily hundreds of miraculous vials fly away. They fly to distant lands, to wild people who do not know what greenery is. Western doctors have already learned at inspections to distinguish Russian children from the mysterious green spots on the body. And as soon as they learned, they raised a cry, because the children were smeared with such a mixture, which is not something to pour on themselves, but it is not safe to consider from afar. Solid teratogens with carcinogens. Since then, all malignant Western commissions now and then require the production of green ban. But in a country in which till now in textbooks on midwifery it is recommended to grease green nipples to nursing mothers (against cracks), such proposals can be regarded as extreme blasphemy and in some cases even swinishness. Because this is an attempt on the basics.

25. Pine nuts

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The most useful nuts. That they could get on the table of any citizen of the country, this country must have many thousands of square kilometers of taiga. And industrially, pine nuts will not grow. Or they will have to be sold at a price quite obscene: too much space is required for the cedar to breed fifty years later with the top ten modest cones. True, now we export pine nuts, but abroad do not hurry to buy them massively: it is painfully unaccustomed to this exotic fruit for local customers.