Борис Бурда
Boris Burda
Journalist, writer, bard. Winner of the «Diamond Owl» intellectual game «What? Where? When?»

Someone who knows the biography of Roxelana not from fashionable TV series, but from historical sources, it is almost impossible to tell beautiful tales about great love, to which even the sultans are obedient. It immediately becomes clear that in front of us is not a cute, charming girl but a vicious, cunning, and completely heartless monster, ready to do anything to survive

Boris Burda - 12.05.2024

Who eats better, lives longer, right? Not exactly: in one prison in the East, it was noticed that prison guards often suffered from a dangerous, sometimes even fatal disease, while much worse-nourished prisoners never did. The doctor who figured out why this was the case won a Nobel Prize and helped discover a new class of substances. Which ones?

Boris Burda - 28.04.2024

Strong feelings are never wasted: the marriage of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo turned out to be quite long-suffering, but mostly happy, you can’t really fight — you can’t really make up, and that’s so nice! Mexican passions are not exaggerated, not fake, not harmful in themselves — it’s just a different tradition, not like ours, but well entitled to exist

Boris Burda - 21.04.2024

The German resort of Niederselters has been popular since the Romans — perhaps its name comes from the Latin words for «jumping water». As early as the 16th century, it gained international fame. And in 1775 Swedish mineralogist Thorburn Bergman learned how to artificially obtain what made the resort so attractive. What did he get?

Boris Burda - 14.04.2024

Even in his youth, he was not a lover of women and mocked friends who were into women. His innocence was taken from him by Gala. After which he wrote me a magnificent six-page letter describing the joys of carnal love

Boris Burda - 07.04.2024

Crew members of multiday races are not allowed to swap places in a car on the track. What is written on each door of such a car?

Boris Burda - 31.03.2024

To deny that MONA is precisely art is unnecessary, useless, and will not succeed. There is one definition of art that comes in handy in situations like this, especially when it comes to the value of invisible paintings

Boris Burda - 27.03.2024

The question of Mileva’s actual role in Einstein’s scientific discoveries remains a matter of debate among researchers. And this does not diminish her importance as a support and possible inspiration for Einstein during the period when fundamental discoveries were made

Boris Burda - 24.03.2024

Norma Babier, Charles Paxton, Phil Bowers and Charles Deeming have obtained evidence that ostriches experience increased sexual arousal and reproduce more vigorously in the presence of humans. What very famous biology prize did they receive for this startling result?

Boris Burda - 17.03.2024

Was Nelson lucky to be attended by such love, or did it bring him unhappiness? It seems that love is not a bad thing in itself, but it’s not a good thing either. It’s something else, and the only thing you can say with certainty is that you will never forget it. And how exactly you’ll remember it, you won’t know…

Boris Burda - 10.03.2024

«Is it possible to allow this sinful dream? Would not man, created in the image and likeness of God, humiliate himself by descending into the underworld? And what is there, only God knows, and sinful man should not know». What did one Moscow bishop speak against a little more than a hundred years ago?

Boris Burda - 03.03.2024

On January 29, 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf arrived at Mayerling at 3:30 pm. A little later, a lady arrives to visit him by hired fiacre. Her name is Baroness Maria Alexandrina von Vechera, and she is 18 without a month and a half of age. The servants easily recognize her; it is not the first time she has been here – of course, with the crown prince. In the morning, neither the crown prince nor his guest left the bedchamber. It was not until 9 o’clock that the valet broke down the door with an axe. What he saw drove him into panic-stricken terror…

Boris Burda - 25.02.2024

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