1. 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.
  2. There's a museum in Russia that hires cats to protect its artworks against rodents.
  3. In 2006, Russia gifted the U.S. a 9/11 memorial monument, which was erected in Bayonne, NJ.
  4. The dialling code for Russia is 007.
  5. Foxes are domesticated like dogs by Russian scientists since 1959.
  6. There was a "Beard Tax" in Russia, during Peter the Great's Reign, paid by anyone who had a beard.
  7. Lake Karachay in Russia is the most radioactive and polluted lake in the world.
  8. There's a monument to the laboratory mouse in Siberia, Russia.
  9. The Tetris theme song is actually a 19th-century Russian folk song called "Korobeiniki."
  10. Shturmovshchina is Russian for working frantically to meet a deadline, having not done anything for the last month.
  11. In Russia, there's a "Temple of all Religions" which serves as a peaceful combination of different cultures.
  12. A third of all Russians believe the Sun revolves around the Earth.
  13. Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov spent nearly 438 consecutive days aboard the Mir space station, and still holds the record for longest single human spaceflight.
  14. 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."
  15. In 1600, a volcano eruption in Peru caused a famine that killed about 2 million people in Russia.
  16. 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.
  17. In 1971, the U.S. left a memorial on the Moon for every astronaut who died in the pursuit of space exploration, including Russian Cosmonauts.
  18. Ukraine is Europe's largest country,
    not counting Russia which is also part of Asia.
  19. The word zapomni means “to remember” in Russian and “to forget” in Polish.
  20. Vladimir Lenin spent 17 years out of Russia after he served 3 years in Siberia for being a revolutionary.
  21. Tortoises Orbited the Moon Before Astronauts Did: They Were Sent to Test a Russian Space Probe.
  22. Russian President Boris Yeltsin's first question when he met President Clinton in 1995: "Do you think O.J. did it?"
  23. In Russia, during times of economic disparity or high inflation, teachers can be paid in Vodka.
  24. Gorbachev recorded an album of Russian romantic ballads in 2009.
  25. Russia has 800,000 faith healers but only 640,000 doctors.
  26. During WW1, the King of England, the Tsar of Russia, and the Emperor of Germany were all first cousins.
  27. 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.
  28. Liechtenstein sent 80 men to the Austro-Prussian War and returned with 81, as they befriended one of the people from the opposition.
  29. In Russia there are 9 million more Women than men.
  30. Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.
  31. It is believed Russia has at least 15 secret cities with their names, and locations unknown.
  32. Russians take guns into space to protect themselves against bears if they land off-course.
  33. Wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances to beat Moscow's traffic.
  34. There's a theater in Russia where all the actors are cats.
  35. Japan and Russia still
    haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the
    Kuril Islands dispute.
  36. 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.
  37. There are over
    500,000 alcohol-related deaths in Russia each year.
  38. Before Joseph Stalin ruled Russia, he organized bank robberies to fund the communist cause.
  39. 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.
  40. California's economy has surpassed Russia and Italy to become the eight-largest in the world.
  41. 77%
    of Russia is made up of Siberia.
  42. Of all the countries that celebrate an independence day, 58 are independent of the UK, 26 of France, 21 of Russia and 21 of Spain.
  43. In 2011, a Russian suicide bomber received an unexpected text message from its wireless carrier which triggered her belt bomb and killed her instantly.
  44. In Russia
    it's now Illegal
    to tell kids
    Gay People Exist.
  45. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867.
  46. The word for "roller coasters" in Russian translates to "American Mountains."
  47. During WWI, a group of Russian and German soldiers agreed to a cease-fire to fend off an attack by wolves.
  48. The motto of Russia's nuclear strike missile force is: "After us, it is silence."
  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. Four empires collapsed after WWI: Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, German, and Russian.
  51. Stalin didn't start learning Russian until he was 8. His mother tongue was Georgian.
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