If there is one universal symbol that many associate with Halloween, it would have to be the image of a bright, orange pumpkin with a face carved into it. People leave Jack-o-lanterns on their porches, children carry plastic versions to carry candy for trick-or-treating, and it’s even the logo for the horror film Halloween. But […]
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A precursor to the more recently created KSK, there was a team of soldiers created in the Federal Republic of Germany to deal with counter-terrorism at a time when the primary fear of many people was that of a Third World War between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. That unit continues to exist today, and […]
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There’s plenty of unexplained phenomena occurring in the skies around the world; from the extremely loud “skyquakes” to seemingly random booms with no apparent source. Such instances have been reported on the news and taken the Internet by storm, but one type of anomaly that has also been heard around the world can’t actually be […]
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During World War I, there was a unit of soldiers comprised of Czechs and Slovaks (although the majority of troops were Czechs) that fought for the Russian Empire. This unit, called the “Czechoslovak Legion,” fought believing that it would lead to the creation of an independent Czechoslovakia. However, the Legion eventually found itself fighting to […]
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Certain special forces groups, such as the American Navy SEALs, British SAS or the Russian Spetsnaz are becoming more widely known due to their appearances in video games and action movies. There is one group however, that remains widely unknown to most people despite the group originating from one of the larger NATO countries in […]
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One of the largest and most influential organizations in the world, the European Union, or the EU, did not have an actual founding, and was only called the European Union after 1993. It began with the Treaty of Paris signed on April 18th, 1951 between the countries of Italy, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and […]
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Most people in the world write using the Latin alphabet, the standard A, B, C, D, etc system of letters in countries such as the United States, much of Europe and South America. However, a large amount of people living in Eastern Europe and Russia use a different alphabet, known as the Cyrillic alphabet.
The Cyrillic alphabet is considered by most in the West as strange or unusual due to it’s different appearance and larger number of letters, compared to the Latin alphabet’s 26 letters. However, a large portion of Europe uses it, countries such as Bulgaria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. Though the number of countries is fewer than those in Europe that use the Latin alphabet, these countries (Russia for example) possess the larger populations meaning Cyrillic is just as widespread.
Unlike the Latin alphabet, the Cyrillic alphabet contains subtle differences; for example, the Cyrillic used in Bulgaria has a few different letters that would not be found elsewhere, such as in Russia or Serbia. As an example, the Russian Cyrillic alphabet is the most common. It contains 33 letters, some of which are identical to Latin such as “T” or “A”. However, the letter identical to the Latin “C” is actually used for the “S” sound. Other letters bear no resemblance to the Latin alphabet, such as the “П” used for the Latin “P” or the “Ф” used for the Latin “F”.
Although the Cyrillic alphabet is still often caricatured in Western media in films and video games, apparently most of Eastern Europe utilizes it. With Bulgaria’s joining to the European Union in 2007 making Cyrillic the third official script of the EU, the Cyrillic alphabet may be seen more often in the West and possibly more understood now that the Iron Curtain no longer exists as a barrier between the nations that use it and Western Europe.
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