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Russia Uses a Secret Army of Inflatable Decoys to Show They Are More Powerful

Russia’s arsenal is literally filled with hot air!

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Rusbal, a Russia-based hot air balloon manufacturer, works closely with the country’s Ministry of Defense. Interestingly, they have been hired to create inflatable tanks, jets, and missile launchers.

The purpose of which, of course, is to fool Russia’s potential enemies who may be checking out their military power through satellites and surveillance aircraft.

Rusbal, a hot-air balloon manufacturer, has been commissioned by the Russian military to create inflatable decoys to trick enemies.

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In an interview with New York Times, Aleksei A. Komarov, Rusbal’s Director of Military Sales, said:

“If you study the major battles of history, you see that trickery wins every time.”

So yeah, think of it as a scarecrow of some sorts.

In the picture above, you will see Komarov standing next to a life-sized mock inflatable MiG-31 fighter jet outside Sergeev Posad where their factory is. The decoys look very lifelike even as close as 300 yards and yet they can be quickly inflated and deflated in at least 5 minutes.

These air-filled arsenal can be inflated and deflated in just 5 minutes.

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History buffs, however, would be quick to point out that this kind of military strategy isn’t exactly new.

Rusbal provides the military with everything from fake tanks, jets, and missile launchers.

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Back in World War I, Britain had their own decoy wooden tanks and they used concealed wheels to make pretend tracks. In World War II, disused airfields were utilized by British military as fake runways, displaying dummy planes and fuel resources. This confused their German enemies.

“If you study the major battles of history, you see that trickery wins every time,” said Rusbal’s Aleksei A. Komarov.

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The company has been supplying the defense ministry with air-filled decoys since 1995.

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‘There was a lot of skepticism at first,’ admitted Maria A. Oparina, Rusbal director and daughter of the founder. Now though, the company has been constantly tapped by the military to supply them with the air-filled decoys. They’ve been working with the military since 1995 but they declined to specify how many inflatable decoys they’ve made so far. Aside from the war vehicles, Rusbal also creates bouncy castles and many others.

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A Chicken Farmer Spied On Hitler And Became WWII’s Greatest Double Agent

We have to admit – James Bond has got nothing on Juan Pujol Garcia!

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Juan Pujol Garcia wanted to do his part in taking down Hitler. At the start of World War II, Garcia easily determined Hitler was the real enemy and so he felt he had to do something about it.

Born February 14, 1912, the Barcelona-native bravely risked his life as he fought against the Nazi as a spy. The plot twist here, of course, is that Garcia wasn't really a spy by profession. In fact, he never had any experience nor did he receive any kind of training.

He was merely a chicken farmer.

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The story behind our favorite and “droolworthy” potato chips.

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One cannot simply resist a delectable and crispy treat like potato chips. This widely-known American snack has easily become everyone's favorite comfort food enjoyed by many "potato lovers" across the world. A variety of flavors were also introduced, from plain-salted, barbecue, cheese, sour cream and onion, usually kettle-cooked, deep-fried and baked.

Another interesting fact about potato chips is its origin goes way back to 1853 - and its creation can be best described as a "happy accident."

According to a local legend, a frustrated chef named George Speck or "Crum" was trying to please a disgruntled customer and it eventually led to the birth of the ever-famous potato chips. Speck was born on June 15, 1824 in Saratoga, New York with a mixed-race ancestry. He had a penchant for hunting and spent his youth as a guide in the Andirondacks.

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If You Love Eating Cookies, You Have the Ancient Persians to Thank for It

This popular sweet pastry is way older than you think.

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You aren’t likely to encounter a country or civilization that doesn’t have cookies on its list of omnipresent foods.

Yummy goodness.

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Source: Food Network

If you love eating cookies, you have ancient Persia (modern day Iran) to thank for these sweet treats.

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