Kitschy Eggs: Pop Culture Russian Dolls

Pop Culture Russian Dolls Lebowski

“You’re out of your element, Donnie!” These Big Lebowski nesting dolls are a big deal. The Dude abides! Source: Jeremy Riad

From fairy tales to Soviet leaders, Russian matryoshka dolls (often called “nesting dolls”) enjoy a rich history. But given enough time, even the most traditional art forms succumb to the draw of pop culture. In this case, these Russian dolls have transformed into colorful eggs of modern, Western entertainment – and they’re pretty awesome.

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This Was The United States’ National Salute Until 1942

Bellamy Salute, national salute until 1942

The Bellamy Salute, the national salute of the U.S. until 1942’s Flag Code was adopted. Source: NY Tribune, via Wikimedia

Looks like those kids are defecting to Germany and joining the Hitler Youth, doesn’t it? Well, in fact, those are (probably) faithful American citizens performing the Bellamy Salute. The Bellamy Salute, now infamous for being the Nazi regime’s favorite way to say “Hello!”, was the national salute of the United States before being replaced by the Pledge of Allegiance in 1942’s Flag Code laws. For those of you keeping score, that’s three years after the start of World War II.

7 Brilliant Female Aviators Besides Amelia Earhart

Female Aviators Earhart

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Before “Coffee, Tea or Me” there was Amelia Earhart, the headstrong, accomplished pilot who disappeared during a flight around the world in 1937. But Earhart was one of many women who punched society’s expectations in the chops and learned to fly. Some of these women would make the ultimate sacrifice for their passions just as she did, but they’d also inspire countless other flying aces and pave the way for inclusive aviation innovation.

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