The first man in space and the invasion of Czechoslovakia were by far the most popular topics this week. (Gagarin garnered a couple fewer posts (7) than Kornilov did (9), but it’s still impressive!) There are some terrific posts in the slider, sporting red stars, or waiting for you in comrade’s corner. As promised, I’ll post the survey for the Student Choice finalists in the morning and update the sticky post when I get back from my conference. Our long discussion of food today and the advent of the Thanksgiving break inspired me to leave you with this poster for pel’meni – little meat dumplings that are a Russian specialty.