Mezhgorye is a secluded town in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, found in the southern Ural Mountains near Mount Yamantau, about 200 kilometers southeast of Ufa, the republic’s capital, on the banks of the Malyy Inzer River.
It is not certain what purpose the complex serves, but it’s assumed that a huge underground bunker exists in the chance of a nuclear disaster. The size of the bunker is unknown, but it has been suggested that it spans 400 square miles. The American government discovered the structure’s existence in 1992 but the Russian government has kept quiet (like always) about the real purpose of the facility and the operations carried out there. Officials estimate that it took 10,000 workers to finish the structure.
Room 39 (officially named Central Committee Bureau 39 of the Workers' Party of Korea, AKA Bureau 39, Division 39, or Office 39) is a secret North Korean party organization that tries to find ways to keep the foreign currency slush fund for the country's leaders, first Kim II-sung, then, moving forward, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un.
The organization allegedly is involved in illegal activities like counterfeiting $100 bills, producing controlled substances, and international insurance fraud.
North Korea's Seclusion
From these activities, they make between $500 million and $1 billion per year or more. Because of North Korea’s seclusion, it is difficult to assess the information. Many people suggest that operations of Room 39 allow Kim Jong Un his continued power by buying political support and helping to fund North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Room 39 is the largest of three impactful “Third Floor offices” along with Office 35, tasked with intelligence, and Office 38, which handles legal financial activities. Room 39 is thought to be situated inside a ruling Workers' Party building in Pyongyang, close to one of the North Korean leader's residences. All three Offices were originally located on the third floor of the building where Kim Jong-Il's office used to be, hence the nickname "Third Floor."
According to a report by the former Time writer Kenneth R. Timmerman, the town stored 73 nuclear warheads. The Russian military chose this middle-of-nowhere location to store its nuclear weapons following the Cold War. The nuclear warheads stored there were SS-23s which are about 365 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
It's a relief that the warheads were taken apart, but the number of nuclear weapons this town hid is quite unsettling. Many believe that construction of the site began in the 1970s and was used as a receptacle for Russian treasures, as a food storage area, and as a nuclear bunker for military
Snake Island aka Ilha da Quimada Grande is an island which is located off the coast of Brazil. Its varied rocky and rainforest terrains are home to many critically endangered snakes- hence its name.
The name of the snakes that live on the island is golden lanceheads. Due to there being only one species on the island, the snakes are at high risk for inbreeding.