Aliens Downstairs

This story is from the very recent archives of St. Petersburg’s agency of Russian EMERCOM (the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergency Situations and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters), one of the Russian Federation’s emergency services.

Image result for emercom of russiaThe EMERCOM agents respond to the unusual complain from a citizen residing in the second floor apartment of an upscale St. Petersburg’s building.

The agents ring the doorbell. A man wearing an aluminum foil cap opens the door just a crack. When the agents announce themselves and enter the apartment, they can hardly contain their bewilderment. Every surface  in the entire flat — walls, floors, ceiling and every piece of furniture — is covered with aluminum foil. The owner, still wearing the foil cap, explains the reason for his obsession with foil covering as an attempt to protect himself from the deadly radiation emanating from upstairs.  “You see,” he laments, “My neighbor from the apartment directly above mine constantly, day and night, irradiates me. Do something. Help!”alumium.PNGThe agents gently reassure the “victim of irradiation” and, on his insistence, head upstairs to visit the villainous neighbor. They don’t mind, really. As a matter of protocol, they have to make sure that the paranoiac foil-capped man doesn’t bother the inhabitants of the upstairs apartment.

Another doorbell, and the neighbor — bespectacled, bearded, looking, incongruously, like a mad scientist from a bad movie — opens the door. EMERCOM agents walk in and… encounter yet another curious setup. The entire apartment is filled with… microwave ovens. microwave.PNG

Dozens of them. All turned on and facing down. The “mad scientist” explains that this is how he fights against an alien living downstairs who wants to enslave the world!

Funny or not, this is a real and fairly recent story from Russia. I would’ve forgotten about it, if not for this article in Daily Mail: Billionaire Bigelow space mogul says he is ‘absolutely convinced’ there are aliens on Earth.

A billionaire aerospace entrepreneur who has recently worked with Nasa has said he is 'absolutely convinced' that there are alien visitors living on Earth. Robert Bigelow (pictured), speaking in an interview with 60 minutes, said he has spent 'millions' on alien research

A billionaire aerospace entrepreneur Robrt Bigelow has said he is ‘absolutely convinced’ that there are alien visitors living on Earth. 

Robert Bigelow, aforementioned billionaire space mogul, runs Bigelow Aerospace, a private space technology company, often partnering with NASA.

Speaking in an interview with 60 minutes, asked if he believed in aliens, Mr Bigelow responded: ‘I’m absolutely convinced. That’s all there is to it.’

Mr Bigelow made a number of other statements about his belief in aliens among us:

‘There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence [on Earth].

‘I spent millions and millions and millions – I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject [aliens].’

Mr Bigelow did not specify exactly how much he has spent on this research, and declined to comment on any personal UFO encounters.

Correspondent Lara Logan, who was leading the interview, then asked Mr Bigelow whether he felt it was risky for him to say in public that he believes in aliens.

She asked him whether he worried that people might think he was ‘crazy’.

Mr Bigelow responded: ‘I don’t give a damn. I don’t care.’ (–Excerpt from the article.)


Thievery, In Brief

lifelockLifeLock promised in ads that its $10 monthly service would protect consumers from identity theft. The company also offered a $1 million guarantee to compensate customers for losses incurred if they became a victim after signing up for the service. The company’s CEO, Todd Davis, was so confident in the LifeLock product that he displayed his social security number in the company’s ubiquitous advertisements. He’s been a victim of identity theft at least 13 times. The company was fined $12 million by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive advertising.

Santa Ana’s Leg

santa anaMexican general and politician Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón , known simply as Santa Anna used a prosthetic cork leg. During the later Mexican-American War, it was stolen and kept by American troops. Nowadays, the cork leg is displayed at the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield. The Mexican government has repeatedly asked for its return. Santa Anna had a replacement leg made which is displayed at the Museo Nacional de Historia in Mexico City. A second leg, a peg, was also captured and is displayed at the home of Richard J. Oglesby in Decatur, Illinois.

IAEA Reports…уран

According to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) over the past 10 years, 18 cases of theft of enriched uranium or plutonium was recorded.

The Largest Bank Robbery In History

voltHours after the start of the Iraq War, a billion dollars has been stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq.  This event is considered the largest bank robbery in history.

Mona Lisa’s Theft

monaIn the early morning of Monday, Aug. 21, 1911, what is now the world’s most famous painting, the “Mona Lisa,” was stolen from its glass case at the Louvre.  At the time, the Louvre had fewer than 150 guards protecting 250,000 valuable objects, roughly 1,667 valuable objects per guard. It was stolen by an Italian and self-declared artist named Vincenzo Peruggia, who had helped install the glass case surrounding the painting and thus knew its weaknesses. After spending the night in a closet at the museum, Peruggia plucked the painting off the wall and walked out with the 20-by-30-inch masterpiece concealed under his clothing. During the investigation, among the lead suspects was Pablo Picasso, one of the world’s most famous painters.

John Lennon’s Glasses

lennonUsually, on the bench near the statue of John Lennon in Havana, Cuba, sits a specially appointed guard. His task is to put on Lennon glasses or take them off at the request of tourists. This is done in order to prevent theft of the glasses that kept on happening with alarming frequency.

Disappeared Beach

jamaAn entire beach in Jamaica has disappeared overnight. The beach at Coral Springs, in Jamaica’s northern parish of Trelawny, was 400 metres of white sand. The bulk of the sand in the 0.5-hectare beach, of approximately 500 truckloads, was found missing in July 2008. The beach was to form part of a resort complex, but the theft of its most important feature has led to its developers putting their plans on hold. Illegal sand mining is a problem in Jamaica; the local tradition of people building their own homes has caused a huge demand for construction material.

The Goiânia accident


The Goiânia accident was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on September 13, 1987, at Goiânia, in the Brazilian state of Goiás, after an old radiotherapy source was stolen from an abandoned hospital site in the city. It was subsequently handled by many people, resulting in four deaths. About 112,000 people were examined for radioactive contamination and 249 were found to have significant levels of radioactive material in or on their bodies. (Wikipedia).

Good To Know…

clip-art-magic-tricksMagic tricks are not covered by the copyright law. This means that you can steal them with impunity.


Kamikaze From Kalmykia — Samurai Uncle Sasha

kamikaze plain

Esiteru Nakagawa was born in Tokyo, in the family of actors, the eldest child with eight sisters and two brothers. When the Great East Asian War, as Japanese call WWII, started, Esiteru enrolled in a military flight school, but has been sent to the front before graduation.

Kamikaze pilots bow to the Emperor before the battle

Kamikaze pilots bow to the Emperor before the battle

He completed his pilot training in aerial combat missions in the skies over Burma, the Philippines and Singapore.

Air ace Imperial Japanese Army, Commander of the Order of the Kinshi Kunsho (Golden Kite) fighter pilot, First Lieutenant Esiteru Nakagawa

Fighter pilot of Imperial Japanese Army, Commander of the Order of Kinshi Kunsho (Golden Kite) First Lieutenant Esiteru Nakagawa

He was a valiant soldier and an excellent fighter pilot. During multiple flight missions he shot down 18 US bomber aircraft, more than enough to become a Commander of the Order of Kinshi Kunsho (Golden Kite) and, ahead of schedule, recieve the rank of “tyui” — First Lieutenant. Most importantly, for his bravery he was elevated to the ranks of samurai and bestowed a katana, the traditional samurai sword.

Kamikaze pilots. Of those in the picture, only a puppy will survive.

Kamikaze pilots. Of those in the picture, only a puppy will survive.

In 1945, fighter pilot Esiteru Nakagawa was seriously wounded in an aerial battle — a shard of American flak badly damaged his hip bone. This effectively halted his brilliant military career. Red-enamel cross “Sёgund-zinsё” (to the wounded) has become his last war decoration. With that, First Lieutenant Esiteru Nakagawa was commissioned from the Imperial Japanese Army and departed to his parental home, the town of Tayohara, now Russian Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

At the end of the war, the Soviet troops entered Tayohara. Lieutenant Nakagawa has been captured and became an enemy POW. But Samurai never surrenders. That was when Esiteru’s tanto — his samurai dagger — became handy. Following a strict samurai code of conduct, Esiteru committed harakiri (seppuku).

Esiteru didn’t die. Russian military surgeon Oleg Terentyev reassembled his innards, sewed his ripped open stomach and saved the life of a 25-year-old Japanese officer. His life but not his samurai honor. Bushido does not recognize failed seppuku.

Japanese tanto and Russian surgeon’s scalpel redrew his fate.

Esiteru’s new life began, whether he wanted it or not.

Almost eight years the Siberian labor camps — Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Kansk — followed… In captivity, he mastered many professions — woodcutter, fitter, welder. Esiteru still tries hard and often fails to forget those hellish years in the barracks. Many of his comrades succumbed to a horrible death but, miraculously, Esiteru survived. Perhaps, his young body refused to die again and lived with vengeance…

At the age of 96, Esiteru Nakagawa is still among the living and, all things considered, doing well.


In 1953, Japanese prisoner of war was freed and even allowed to return to his homeland. But lieutenant Nakagawa decided against returning to Japan. By then, young Esiteru fell in love. A Russian girl, Tanya Gorbacheva, was about to have his son, a fruit of their bitter-sweet Taiga-romance. Besides, the disgrace of unsuccessful harakiri effectively made him an unworthy samurai, which bothered him a great deal. In the end, Esiteru Nakagawa took the Soviet citizenship and married Tanya.

Life is a long and tedious journey… It was no different and even more so for Esiteru-san.

Esiteru with his wife Lyubov Zavgorodnaya

Esiteru with his wife Lyubov Zavgorodnaya

Since the end of 1960s, Esiteru made his home in Iki-Burul. It is a settlement of less than 5,000 souls and the administrative center of Iki-Burulsky District of the Republic of Kalmykia. In a word, a very rural place in the midst of vast steppes.

It was here that Esiteru has found his second chance on having a home and a new family after Tanya died. He is loved and respected by his neighbors. They call him Uncle Sasha-the-samurai.

But Japan hasn’t forgot its native son and a brother to his many siblings. To her last breath,     Esiteru’s mother believed her son hasn’t died.  His brothers and sisters made an inquiry and, through the International Red Cross, learned that the Japanese officer Esiteru Nakagawa hasn’t perished in 1945 but lives in a deep Russian province. They appealed to the Embassy of Japan in Russia and requested a DNA test. The kinship of Nakagawa sisters and brothers and a rural pensioner from Kalmyk settlement has been established.

One of Esiteru’s sisters came to visit him in Iki-Burul and immediately flew his brother to Tokyo to meet the rest of the family. This flight on board the aircraft was the first one since his bygone days as a fighter pilot. What was he thinking, flying above the clouds?

Meeting with his homeland ... Nakagawa in Tokyo airport.

Meeting with his homeland … Nakagawa in Tokyo airport.

Anxiety still lived in his soul: what if his motherland greets him with derision? After all, he is a samurai who lost his honor. However, he was received as a decorated national hero, ace-pilot and a pride of the nation.

“I went to Hokkaido, visited my sisters in Sapporo and my brother Yosiu in Kiba,” says Esiteru. He also visited the grave of his mother — she died 13 years earlier. His father perished in the winter of 1945 — frozen to death in the Sakhalin snow, drunk, after learning that his favorite son committed harakiri.

Esiteru with his younger sister in Japan

Esiteru with his younger sister in Japan

To the amazement of his relatives, Esiteru declined an offer to stay in Japan, complete with a comfortable apartment in Sapporo and a generous military pension.

“Well, how could I leave my old lady? After all, we’ve been together for 30 years,” Esiteru says.

Lyubov Zavgorodnaya was invited to join her husband in Japan, but she, too, refused.

“Besides,”  Esiteru says, “I almost forgot my native language and, without an interpreter, had to communicate with gestures. And then, it’s very noisy here and terribly crowded. No comparison with the expanse of steppes we have!”

Esiteru Nakagawa. Former pilot is oxymoron.

Esiteru Nakagawa. Airplane is a rare sight in the skies over his house… Storks fly frequently, though. The old pilot watches them often. Perhaps, he is thinking of his “Nakajima” fighter. After all, “former pilot” is an oxymoron.

“Esiteru-san,” the journalist asked, “Could you fly a plane now?”

“No. Now all the buttons are different.”

“And if it were your Nakajima?”

The old man laughed. “Well, then I definitely could.” He paused and added, “Earth is different here, there, elsewhere, but the sky is the same everywhere…”