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Father Pierre Monastery Herbs


Original ad.

I wish I could find a picture on the internet of the packaging for this product. Or learn who the legendary Father Pierre was. Alas, even the mighty Web does not have the answer to everything.

But I did find out the ingredients.


As to the recipe's effectiveness, I cannot attest.

Apparently, this current-day Russian product also known as "Monastery Herbs" has a different composition.


"Ingredients: rose hips, currant leaves, birch leaves, roots and rhizomes Elecampane, grass oregano herb St. John's wort, willow (willow-herb)."

Russian page.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 25, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Body, Nature, Religion, Advertising, Excrement, 1940's, Russia

The Big Ballet

One only hopes that the current ill will towards Russia does not prevent the 2014 tour of The Big Ballet.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 28, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Dance, Russia, Obesity

Passion of Spies

At the new nadir of USA-Russia relations, let us recall when things were even worse--and funnier!

I love the look and style of the artwork here.

The creator.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 01, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Spies and Secret Agents, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Cartoons, 1960's, Russia


The obscure Russian "Necrorealism" art movement, which emerged in the 1980s, doesn't even rate a page on Wikipedia. Based on the video below, it seems to have been an excuse for a bunch of Russian guys to make low-budget zombie movies in the forest. Though movies without a semblance of a plot.

The "No New Enemies" site offers this explanation of Necrorealism:
The slightly grandiose, academic name belies the fact that the movement was actually a small group of experimental-artists from Leningrad (now St Petersburg) who emerged in the 80s under the leadership of the artist/experimental filmmaker, Evgeny Yufit.

Having got their hands on a lavishly illustrated forensic pathology textbook for inspiration, their initial output was comprised of photos of themselves in zombiesque make-up. Then followed performances... events that passersby or passengers were guaranteed to observe with horror. Later they began to use film as medium, and established an underground film studio.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jan 31, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, 1980's, Russia

Drawings of the Insane


To accompany yesterday's poems by the mentally ill, here you will find many drawings by Russian psychiatric patients.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 16, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Outsider Art, Russia, Brain Damage

Never Enough Cats?

"Woman with over 150 cats in one house shows how she feeds them."

My one wish is that this video was in High Definition and showed us all 24 hours of this woman's average day.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 19, 2012 | Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Collectors, Cats, Russia

Lenin’s Cats


"Don't trust anyone who doesn't like cats."


But does that imply "Trust everyone who likes cats"...?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Apr 24, 2012 | Comments (12)
Category: Historical Figure, Cats, 1910's, 1920's, Russia



A salve made from turpentine? The same stuff you clean your paint brushes with? A wonder drug! And apparently, it cured colds, burns, and so much more!



You say you wish you could get your hands on some of this miraculous stuff? The Russians still make it! Follow the Amazon links below.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Apr 20, 2012 | Comments (15)
Category: Health, Hygiene, Medicine, 1920's, Russia, Diseases

John Graham

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Apparently, the painter John Graham was highly eccentric, both in his personal life and in his art. One fascination he had was with crossed eyes, as seen above.

His self-portrait below shows a certain, ah, uniqueness.

Read more about him in this LIFE magazine article and at this site.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 05, 2012 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Surrealism, Eccentrics, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, Russia
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