Thundereggs from Russia
Thundereggs in Russia are a totally different proposition from those in the US - and even in europe. I had never even heard of them until recently. The problem appears to be that, even today, things don't seem to leave Russia very easily. Bureaucracy and official attitudes in russia are still so primitive that you cannot actually move rocks out the country directly - and even moving them within the country needs a sea of paperwork. In order to get thundereggs out of the country you have to do either of two things. A) bribe the officials to let them out. or B) make them into something else! Some of these below came to me in the form of an ornamental clock, which i then had to disassemble! Of course, that then means one gets clobbered nicely for tax on importing clocks when they arrive in the US and UK - so we end up with a lose/lose situation - as one usually expects from too much bureaucracy. And after these things have been dug in the wilderness, turned into a clock, posted, taxed, had clock removed - then perhaps posted again and taxed again, you can well imagine why we don't see that many of them and why they are not exactly the cheapest of thundereggs. I am told that there are many other thunderegg locations over there, but I can imagine how rarely they are encounter here.
I guess this makes you appreciate the wonderful thunderegg hunting spirit in Oregon so much more. But anyway - I am very pleased to lay my hands on a small number of russian specimens to help spread the word a bit and reveal that they exist and just how beautiful they can be.