2010 in review

Posted in Fun facts on January 7, 2011 by Alec

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.


In 2010, there were 8 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 123 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 17th with 152 views. The most popular post that day was “Inhabited Island 2” no “Star Wars” after all.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were siberianlight.net, en.wordpress.com, alecluhn.com, poemless.wordpress.com, and russiannewsonline.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for ded moroz, saratov, khokhol, the motherland calls, and admiral film.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


“Inhabited Island 2” no “Star Wars” after all May 2009


Even as “Admiral” sinks, it points to interesting trend October 2008


Volga Boatman Episode 2: Nizhny Novgorod October 2008


Worshipping Chuck Norris, destroying emo sites: Olbanian language and Upyachka.ru, part one of many (?) March 2009


Volga Boatman Episode 5: Saratov October 2008

Putin back in the pilot seat

Posted in Fun facts on August 11, 2010 by Alec

Russia’s dashing PM never seems to miss an opportunity to climb into some extreme vehicle, be it a motorcycle, submarine, or, most recently, firefighting airplane.

Russian heat wave penetrates subway

Posted in Fun facts on August 4, 2010 by Alec

A new temperature record has been set in the Moscow metro, reports Utro.ru: 34 degrees Celsius (93.1 degrees Fahrenheit) in several stations.  And on Sokol’nicheskaya, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya and Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya lines almost all stations are above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

A dark, crowded, humid and now flipping hot subway–only a tick could love that.

Mountain climbers Russian anecdote

Posted in Russian humor on June 28, 2010 by Alec

In the morning near the base of the mountain three attentive mountain climbers found one inattentive.

Questionable joke of the day

Posted in Cultural Impressions, Russian humor with tags , , , on June 7, 2010 by Alec

Here’s a translation of today’s “Anecdote of the Day” from anekdot.ru:

“Paris, 2030.  A tourist asks a man in a turban:
– I can’t by any means track down the Eiffel Tower …
– Look, there it is showing through the minarets …”

Bash.org nerd joke

Posted in Russian humor on May 13, 2010 by Alec

One of today’s top-rated jokes from Bash.org.ru:

xxx: How is it possible to sit at home in such weather?

yyy:  How is it possible to be outside with such Internet?

Russian blonde joke

Posted in Cultural Impressions with tags , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alec

This is the top-rated joke on Bash.org.ru, a compendium of funny Internet quotes submitted by users and one of the most popular Runet sites.  Russian humor can be very idiosyncratic, but this kind of joke can be universally appreciated.

Woman: Answer me honestly, yes or no, okay?
Man: Ask away.
Woman: Why do men make fun of blondes?
Man: Yes!