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назад в СССР!

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I'll never know or experience life during Soviet times, but during some of my visits to Russia I feel like I'm transported back to that era, or even another century. The road trip is coming to an end, with the final stop today in Yaroslavl. Along the way, I explored many small towns and spent an entire day and night in a village, talking to the locals in their homes, eating freshly prepared meals, and sleeping alone in an old house in the forest! But that will be the topic of another post. Yesterday in Soligalich, I entered a small meat shop and discovered this woman. I don't know for certain, but this blue uniform looks very Soviet, especially the hat. However, the most interesting thing in the provincial shops was...can you guess from the photo? :)

The object below! I became so confused when the shop owner started moving the balls, and thought she was offering to play some type of game. Then, my Russian travel companion informed me this is the shop's "calculator" or cash register, to add up the total cost of your purchase. How does it work? I still don't understand, but I was always bad at math. :)

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The woman in the cheese shop next store was wearing this same blue outfit, but she is progressive! She had a normal adding machine, and even modern day scales to weigh the cheese.

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I think it's always good to preserve your culture, including some old customs. But, yes, I was shocked to enter many small shops in Russian provinces and see no cash register, but this wooden contraption to calculate sales. Not just one or two shops, but a lot.

So many other things to write about, but I have no time on the road. :(  More to come soon...

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xpo_xpo_xpo
Mar. 8th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
It's extremely simple.
To add 2 and 3 you just put 2 beads one side then add 3 to them: the result is 5. Repeat this for all digits keeping carry and get the final answer. Subtraction looks the same. Multiplication and division is possible also but harder. You can easily replace this device with pen and paper but you will need more and more paper while this device is easily erasable :)

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