Instagram Photos Give A Rare Look At Life Inside North Korea

North Korea remains a grim enigma — a lone totalitarian state that few outsiders manage to visit. We glimpse military parades and marvel at the colorful propaganda, but we seldom get much of a sense of what it's like to live there. But these Instagram photos give a remarkably vivid look at ordinary life in North Korea. » 3/26/14 3:50pm 3/26/14 3:50pm

Strange Buildings of the Eastern Bloc from the Last Decades of Communism

Communist architecture is often monumental, sometimes minimalist, and always imposing. But in the latter years of most European communist states, traditional Brutalist architecture gave way to something a little weirder — and occasionally even playful. Here are some incredible buildings from this era in late Eastern… » 3/06/13 3:40pm 3/06/13 3:40pm

An extremely creepy tour of an abandoned Soviet monument in Bulgaria

Remember those derelict Bulgarian war memorials that resemble space fortresses? Well, it turns out they're just as otherworldly inside. Here's one intrepid urban explorer's journey into the shadowy corridors of the shuttered Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna, Bulgaria. It's also a case study on why you… » 4/06/12 4:10pm 4/06/12 4:10pm

British intelligence investigated whether Charlie Chaplin was a secret…

Here's a curious tidbit from spy history: in the 1950s, American intelligence asked Britain's MI5 to investigate the actor Charlie Chaplin on suspicions that Chaplin was a dangerous communist. But the intelligence agencies were unable to confirm that Chaplin was born in England, leading to an investigation into… » 2/19/12 10:00am 2/19/12 10:00am

Final Proof That Communism Breaks Your Brain

Two regular guys fall into an alien teleportation device and find themselves on a planet of crazy people in Kin-Dza-Dza!, a 1986 Russian movie that satirizes the declining USSR by having people act very very silly for 135 minutes. It's basically like the longest Monty Python sketch in history: the Plukanians only… » 6/10/08 8:30pm 6/10/08 8:30pm