1. There's a monument to the laboratory mouse in Siberia, Russia.
  2. A third of all Russians believe the Sun revolves around the Earth.
  3. If you were a Nazi prisoner of war from the Allies (except Russia) you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war. If you were an Allied held by the Japanese, you faced a 30% chance of dying.
  4. There's a museum in Russia that hires cats to protect its artworks against rodents.
  5. Russia has over 8400 nuclear weapons, more than any other country.
  6. The first Russian child to receive the vaccine against smallpox was called "Vaccinov," given a pension and observed all his life.
  7. Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis ("Southern Land") date back to antiquity, Antarctica was only first sighted in 1820 by a Russian expedition.
  8. Wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances to beat Moscow's traffic.
  9. There are over
    500,000 alcohol-related deaths in Russia each year.
  10. Before Joseph Stalin ruled Russia, he organized bank robberies to fund the communist cause.
  11. Tortoises Orbited the Moon Before Astronauts Did: They Were Sent to Test a Russian Space Probe.
  12. Foxes are domesticated like dogs by Russian scientists since 1959.
  13. Over 200 people have claimed to descend from the Romanovs, the family of the last Tsar of Russia. However, irrefutable DNA evidence shows that all children perished with their parents at the hands of Bolsheviks.
  14. In 2011, a Russian suicide bomber received an unexpected text message from its wireless carrier which triggered her belt bomb and killed her instantly.
  15. 77%
    of Russia is made up of Siberia.
  16. Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.
  17. Gorbachev recorded an album of Russian romantic ballads in 2009.
  18. On a 1995 visit to Washington D.C., Russian President Boris Yeltsin was found on Pennsylvania Avenue, drunk, in his underwear, trying to hail a cab to get a pizza.
  19. 25% Russians die before reaching the age of 55, compared to just 1% in the U.S., and Vodka is to blame.
  20. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 started as a result of information from a Russian spy who was executed by Russia the following year.
  21. The word zapomni means “to remember” in Russian and “to forget” in Polish.
  22. The motto of Russia's nuclear strike missile force is: "After us, it is silence."
  23. Shturmovshchina is Russian for working frantically to meet a deadline, having not done anything for the last month.
  24. In Russia, there's a "Temple of all Religions" which serves as a peaceful combination of different cultures.
  25. Four empires collapsed after WWI: Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, German, and Russian.
  26. Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov spent nearly 438 consecutive days aboard the Mir space station, and still holds the record for longest single human spaceflight.
  27. California's economy has surpassed Russia and Italy to become the eight-largest in the world.
  28. In Russia
    it's now Illegal
    to tell kids
    Gay People Exist.
  29. More Germans were killed by the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad alone than were killed during the entire WW2 by America.
  30. In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
  31. The dialling code for Russia is 007.
  32. Before fridges were invented, Russians and Finns kept their milk fresh by putting live frogs in it.
  33. Typhus killed 90% of Napoleon's soldiers on Russia. Fleas and lice were sufficient to spread the disease and kill more than 500,000 men.
  34. Texas, New York and California all have economies bigger than Russia.
  35. Russia has 800,000 faith healers but only 640,000 doctors.
  36. Lake Karachay in Russia is the most radioactive and polluted lake in the world.
  37. A russian woman in the 1700s gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets in just 40 years with the same man.
  38. A peasant couple from Russia holds the record for the most children a couple has parented: 69 children in 27 births.
  39. The Russian mayor of Megion, west Siberia,
    banned excuses.
  40. Several long-duration Russian cosmonauts have reported that months after coming back to Earth, they occasionally let go objects in mid-air, still expecting them to float.
  41. Each Russian consumes 18 litres (4.8 US gal) of alcohol per year, doubling what experts consider dangerous.
  42. Japan and Russia still
    haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the
    Kuril Islands dispute.
  43. Apple Is Worth More Than The Entire Russian Stock Market.
  44. "Astronauts" come from America. Space explorers from Russia are called "cosmonauts."
  45. The third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded, the Kyshtym disaster in Soviet Russia, was not informed to populations of affected areas for a week. The world only found out years later.
  46. The U.S.A. and Russia still have thousands of tons of chemical weapons.
  47. In Russia there are 9 million more Women than men.
  48. Vladimir Lenin spent 17 years out of Russia after he served 3 years in Siberia for being a revolutionary.
  49. In 1908 the Imperial Russian Olympic Team arrived in London 12 days too late for the games because they were not using the Gregorian calendar yet.
  50. Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, sold Alaska to the U.S.A., fearing the remote colony would fall into British hands if there were another war.
  51. In Russia, Jews were believed to have a a secret vegetable they eat so they don't become alcoholics. Anti-semitism was justified because they refused to share their "magic vegetable."
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