Oleg Zabluda's blog
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Freestyle swimming (плавание вольным стилем) in Russian is called Кроль (Rabbit).
Freestyle swimming (плавание вольным стилем) in Russian is called Кроль (Rabbit). What the hell it has to do with rabbits, I learned only after I came to US.

"Front Crawl" is known since ancient times. It is shown on an Egyptian clay seal dated between 9000-4000 BC, as well as on an Egyptian tomb from 2000 BC (cue Fomenko, see later). For all we know, our proud ancestor, mighty aquatic ape could have been swimming around like that.

Of course, it was unknown in Europe during swimming dark ages till 1844, when American Indians using crawl, easily defeated all British gentlemen using breaststroke. Sour grapes caused them to reject this barbaric style with all the splashing (I can only imagine what they would have thought of butterfly, invented in 1933 [1]), but in truth they simply didn't get it.

Sometime between 1870 and 1890, John Arthur Trudgen (1852–1902) learned the front crawl from native South Americans during a trip to Argentina. but he mistakenly used sidestroke (scissor) kick instead of the flutter kick used by the Native Americans. This hybrid stroke was called the Trudgen stroke, later changed to modern American crawl in 1902 by Richmond "Dick" Cavill (1884–1938), after relearning it from Australia/Oceania Natives.

Mark Spitz was swimming crawl and butterfly.

[1] The peak speed of the butterfly is faster than the front crawl,  but overall it is slightly slower.



Fritz Haber, born 1896, a converted German Jew (выкрест) was a chemist.
Fritz Haber, born 1896, a converted German Jew (выкрест) was a chemist. In 1894-1911, he, with Carl Bosch, developed the Haber process for formation of ammonia from atmospheric nitrogen, which is used for fertilizer (currently sustaining 1/3 of Earth population) and explosives (important for Germany in WWI, because the other source - guano - was blockaded by the British.

Haber earned fifteen marks (about $3.50 in 1918 dollars) in royalties per ton, becoming quite wealthy together with his wife Clara Immerwahr, who he married in 1901. She was the first woman to earn Ph.D (in chemistry) from University of Breslau.

When WWI started in 1914, he, being a very patriotic German, played a major role in creating WMD (father of chemical warfare), and personally supervised their first use in 1915 (Belgium), intending to break trench warfare stalemate (similar to American WMDs in WWII). Shortly after that, his wife, who violently disagreed with him on the subject, shot herself in the chest with his service revolver. The morning after her death, Haber immediately left home to stage the first gas attack against the Russians on the Eastern Front.

Haber and Bosch shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918.

He became famous, rich and respected in Germany, and Nazis offered him special funding to continue his research on weapons. However, other Jews were prohibited from working in that field, and he was told to fire them, all that causing him to leave Germany in 1933. The Nazis vilified him. 

He accepted a post of director at what is now the Weizmann Institute in what is now Israel. On his way there he died in 1934. He was cremated and his ashes, together with Clara's ashes, were buried in Switzerland. 

Their son, Hermann, born in 1902, emigrated to the United States, where he committed suicide in 1946, because of his shame over his father's chemical warfare work

Bosch, a critic of many Nazi policies, was gradually relieved of his high positions after Hitler became chancellor, and fell into despair and alcoholism and died in Germany in 1940.

Hitler and his wife committed suicide in 1945.

Короче все умерли.



A huge 300x30 miles pumice (пемза) raft is currently floating near New Zealand.
A huge 300x30 miles pumice (пемза) raft is currently floating near New Zealand. It's larger then Israel in length, width, and area. Icebergs отдыхают. That's an actual floating berg.



- What is that "Neptune Society"? - I asked Marianna Dizik[1]

- What is that "Neptune Society"? - I asked Marianna Dizik[1]
- Seems like some kind of a burial service.
- Shouldn't it be Pluto Society?
- Must be for those who drowned. 

That could be the explanation for the smiling

[1]  when this photo was taken on Dec 11, 2011


"Tomorrow belongs to me" from "Cabaret" the musical (1966) and film (1972)
"Tomorrow belongs to me" from "Cabaret" the musical (1966) and film (1972)
Tomorrow belongs to me Cabaret
is an "interpretation" of the official song of the Hitler-Jugend "Es zittern die morschen Knochen" (The rotten bones are trembling/Дрожат одряхлевшие кости, 1934) by Hans Baumann (1914-1988) which was, after the Horst-Wessel-Lied, one of the most famous Nazi songs.

In modern Germany, public singing of these songs gets you up to 3 years of prison (§86a Strafgesetzbuch).

"Tomorrow belongs to me" was written by two American Jews - Kander (1927-present) and Ebb (1928-2004), who wrote all songs for "Cabaret",  "Chicago" (1975), etc

More about the original song here:



Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner (1981) [1]
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner (1981) [1]
Tom's Diner - Suzanne Vega

No she does not - Really see me - Cause she sees - Her own reflection
And I'm trying - Not to notice - That she's hitching - Up her skirt

Compare to

А. Иващенко, Г. Васильев - НЕПУТЕВЫЙ (1998)
А. Иващенко, Г. Васильев - НЕПУТЕВЫЙ

И, как опыт показал, не готового
К вероломству этих женских особ.

[1] Top comment: About time!!!! I finally found this damn song. Been stuck in my head for 10+ years and didnt know what it was. Thank you Google!


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