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Does anyone understand the sense (смысл) of this Soviet-era poster?

Apparently it was/is believed to soften the nipples for easier lactation and preventing cracking. How medically sound this is I cannot tell. Now it obviously wasn't a regular part of culture since it ...
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Насколько архаично слово "магнитофон"? Что сегодня используется наиболее часто вместо него?

Магнитофон = tape recorder; соответственно, этот термин нисколько не архаичен, если используется по назначению (т.е. для описания именно этого устройства). "Плеер", пожалуй, сейчас используется ...
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Насколько архаично слово "магнитофон"? Что сегодня используется наиболее часто вместо него?

Магнитофон is actually a name of the device that plays audio records that are written to a magnetic tape. It could be a cassette player, or a reel-to-reel tape recorder. If you want to disambiguate ...
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How to ask someone to be less polite and not use white lies?

"Давай напрямую"/"давай напрямоту" or "говори прямо" are good expressions, literally meaning "Speak directly", "be direct". "Напрямую" can be translated as "straight up". There is also very casual ...
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Предложить деловую колбасу - should be served on business occasions to show respect?

"Деловая колбаса" is a slang phrase, which ironically describes a person who is trying to look or behaves like as serious business man (or just tries to look like an overloaded with more serious tasks)...
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Солнце с газировкой?

I believe the author talks about "Sun-Soda" (Сода-солнце), a short story by Mikhail Ancharov: Его звали "Сода-солнце". Американские лётчики, участники челночного полета, которые ...
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How to ask someone to be less polite and not use white lies?

Говори без прикрас (talk without embellishing the facts) Режь правду-матку (say the unembellished, naked truth, it is implied that this truth may hurt and you accept it) Давай по чесноку (informal, ...
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Does anyone understand the sense (смысл) of this Soviet-era poster?

Do Have you taken care of your breasts? Chill your nipples every day by daily washing with cold water. fresh mothers share their experience http://www.baby.ru/answers/planning/category-4718015/...
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How to avoid seeming overly familiar when writing letters to a friend?

seems like it could be misconstrued as a request for romantic intimacy. Perhaps, but it's totally okay among just the close friends. In fact, "Yours + name" is uncommon for lovers.
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How to avoid seeming overly familiar when writing letters to a friend?

Close friends can use твой/твоя +name without any additional (emotional ) feeling nowadays. But in Russian culture we use other patterns : we say *hello,hi" starting the letter (emails ) and often ...
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Предложить деловую колбасу - should be served on business occasions to show respect?

While "деловая колбаса" does mean "business sausage", it is not a sausage served at business meetings. Instead it is a parody of the phrase "деловой человек" (businessman). The picture it presents is ...
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Ruble & Currency delimiters

Yes, рубль is commonly abbreviated as руб. or р., so 212,00 р. means 212 рублей. On websites which sell things, рубль is often abbreviated for simplicity of programming. You don't need to program the ...
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Предложить деловую колбасу - should be served on business occasions to show respect?

Below is what I found online: «Ну ты – деловая колбаса!» Сегодня в этом обращении слышится некоторое пренебрежение к товарищу, чересчур озабоченному кипучей деятельностью. Но многие старожилы ...
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How to ask someone to be less polite and not use white lies?

Will add my 5 cents here: Давай [вот] без этого literally means "let's [speak] without that". Of course fits only for communication between friends. [Ой,] давай попроще or "[oh], let's [speak]...
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Насколько архаично слово "магнитофон"? Что сегодня используется наиболее часто вместо него?

Guess плеер will be the best. We just use english words even if there is no such word in russian айфон - iphone радио - radio сиди, компакт, компакт диск - CD (compact disk) just pronounce english ...
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Насколько архаично слово "магнитофон"? Что сегодня используется наиболее часто вместо него?

магнитофон is as archaic as cassette player same technologies are being used as in the West: mp3 players, smartphones, tablets, CD-players, cassette players by some, record players (especially by ...
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How to avoid seeming overly familiar when writing letters to a friend?

I would say these 'friends' aren't that platonic if they sign their letters like that. I assume they have some sort of romantic feelings to each other, even if they know they could never be together ...
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Настоящий поток газа

Brief googling shows us that vacuum equipment engineers in Russia use л/мин (литры в минуту) and нл/мин (нормолитры в минуту) which I believe correspond to your ACFM and SCFM with appropriate ...
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Настоящий поток газа

Газовая отрасль Российской Федерации при расчётах с потребителями использует атмосферные условия по ГОСТ 2939—63: температура +20° С (293,15 К); давление 760 мм рт. ст. (101 325 Н/м²); влажность равна ...
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