59 Awesome Russia Facts
1. A Russian man got drunk with friends, dropped dead, came back to life inside the morgue freezer, and then headed off to drink some more.
2. There is a theater in Russia where all the actors are cats
3. Russian soldiers do not wear socks - they wrap a piece of cloth around their feet. Socks will finally be introduced this year.
4. In Russia, it is illegal to tell kids that gay people exist.
5. On this day in 1703, St Petersburg was founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great.
6. In Russia, if you step on somebody's foot accidentally, you are expected to put your foot out so they can equally step on yours.
7. In Russia empty bottles of vodka should always be placed on the ground. Putting it back on the table is seen as bad luck.
8. There is no historical evidence that Russians invented Russian roulette.
9. Russia has a larger surface area than the entire planet of Pluto.
10. In Russia, teachers have been paid in vodka.
11. Russians have the word 'Zapoi' to describe several days of continuous drunkenness during which one withdraws from society.
12. Astronauts come from America â€“ Space explorers from Russia are called "cosmonauts."
13. If you travel across Russia, you will cross seven time zones.
14. During times of economic disparity or high inflation in Russia, teachers can be paid in vodka.
15. It's illegal to be emo in Russia.
16. Russia received aid from the United States since the fall of the Soviet Union to 2012.
17. 'Vodka' is Russian for 'little water'.
18. During WWII, the Russians built a tank that could fly.
19. More Nazis were killed by the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad alone than were killed during the entire WWII by America.
20. A U.S. mother sent her adopted Russian child back on a plane to Russia with a note saying "I no longer wish to parent this child."
21. Russia agreed to sell Alaska to the United States for $7.2 million in 1867, which amounted to about two cents an acre.
22. Boys in Bronze Age Russia had to slay their own dogs to prove they were ready to become warriors.
23. At their closest point, the Russian and U.S. borders are less than two miles apart.
24. The most children born to one woman is 69. A Russian woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, & 4 sets of quadruple
25. Pluto is only as big as Russia
26. Over 35% of Russians would vote for Satan again if he were still alive.
27. Instead of a birthday cake, many children in Russia are given a birthday pie.
28. Travelling across Russia you will cross seven time zones.
29. A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax.
30. Pizza Hut made a delivery to the International Space Station in 2001. They paid the Russians $1 million to transport the Pizza.
31. It is believed that Russia has at least 15 secret cities with their names, and locations unknown.
32. 81% of Russians say that they view the United States as bad or very bad.
33. A Russian man once drank 3 bottles of vodka. He then jumped out of a 5 story window, walked back up, and jumped again.
34. The official residence of the Russian president is the Kremlin in Moscow. The name Kremlin means fortress.
35. Some stray Russian dogs have figured out how to use the subway system in order to travel to more populated areas in search of food.
36. South Koreans drink twice as much alcohol as Russians according to one study.
37. 25% Russians die before reaching the age of 55, compared to just 1% in the U.S., and vodka is to blame.
38. Russia has more nuclear weapons than any other country.
39. The Russian language doesn't have a word for 'fun.'
40. In 1989, a Russian psychic was run over by a train and killed while attempting to prove he could stop one using the power of his mind.
41. Falling icicles kill about 100 people per year in Russia.
42. Rick Moranis was fired from the set of The Breakfast Club after he kept playing the janitor as a goofy Russian character.
43. The name Chewbacca is from saboka, the Russian for ‘dog’.
44. Before fridges were invented, Russians and Finns kept their milk fresh by putting live frogs in it.
45. 25% of all Russian men die before they reach their mid-50s, mainly due to vodka.
46. Peter III, ruler of Russia, hanged a large rat in public because it had eaten his toy soldiers, he was age 25.
47. Wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances with luxury interiors and refreshments instead of medical equipment to beat city traffic.
48. Until 2011 in Russia, any drink that was under 10% alcohol was not considered an alcoholic beverage, just a regular drink.
49. Russian voters used to have a box on their ballots to vote for 'against all'.
50. 10 percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
51. The dialing code for Russia is 007.
52. Astronauts come from America '“ Space explorers from Russia are called 'cosmonauts.'
53. In January, 2 Russian men died while taking a selfie holding a hand grenade with the pin pulled outâ€”the cell phone with the photo survived.
54. Pluto is smaller than Russia.
55. Traveling across Russia you will cross seven time zones.
56. Russian scientists in Siberia dug a hole 2.7 miles into the earth and claim to have discovered hell.
57. Russian has no word for 'blue', only two different words for 'light blue' and 'dark blue'.
58. An 80 year old Russian once fought a bear with a mix of punches, kicks, and headbutts before the bear threw him off of a cliff. He survived.
59. The CIA once discussed airdropping Extra Large condoms labeled 'Medium' in Russia to convince them that US army was anatomically superior.
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