Around 1000 years after the great pyramids were built, most mammoth populations had died out. However, in Wrangel Island in Russia, there were around 500-1000 mammoths still alive! bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
To prevent a rodent infestation, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia owns around 70 cats. The cats spend their days mostly in the basement and are taken care of by the museum staff. The museum has a small kitchen and a pet clinic dedicated to the well-being of the cats. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
Cats in Kazan, Russia were so good at catching mice, they were shipped to St. Petersburg in 1745 to deal with a rodent infestation. A statue dedicated to the cats can be found in Kazan today. visit-tatarstan.com/en/pl…
, In Jan 2015 Masha a tabby cat from Obninsk, Kaluba Russia, rescued an abandoned baby from freezing to death by staying beside & give him warmth while continue meowing to alert human in the vicinity. It didn't took long someone hear & noticed and baby boy was saved & brought to a hospital. honesttopaws.com/masha-th…
In the Stalin’s Russia, some people who were late to work three times were sent to a hard labour camp for three years as punishment gulaghistory.org/nps/onli…
In Russia the first day of school is called "Knowledge Day" falls on Sept 1st and is a national holiday. Kids and parents celebrate by bringing their kids to school carrying balloons and presents for their teachers, it's especially special for first graders. realrussia.co.uk/Blog/kno…
The USA navy operates more aircraft carriers than all other navies combined - the USA operates 12, while all other nations operate 11 (China, the UK, and Italy each operate 2, while Russia, France, Spain, India, and Thailand operate one apiece) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the actor of Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, is a legal citizen of Japan, America, Russia, and is fluent in English, Japanese, Spanish, Hawaiian, and Korean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Prince John William Friso (d. 1711) is the ancestor of every European royal house (Albania, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Yugoslavia) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Princess Sophie (of a minor German principality) married a Russian princeβ€” soon after he was crowned emperor, she overthrew him and crowned herself Empress Catherine the Great. She annexed much of Poland (then ruled by her former lover), helped modernized Russia & started colonizing Alaska. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
In China, Korea, Russia and Mexico, Belgium, Germany and Austria escaping from prison is not illegal. denmarkfacts.com/not-ille…
Vitaly Kaloyev traveled from Russia to Switzerland to kill the air traffic controller handling traffic during an airplane crash aboard which his family died, went to prison for it, & returned to his hometown in 2007 on release to be appointed a Deputy Minister and held that position until 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
America's last wooly Mammoths died of thirst 15 000 years ago after the land bridge to Russia eroded stranding them on a small, remote island Alaskan Island. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Russia has their own version of "Miracle on the Hudson". A Ural Airlines flight collided with a flock of seagulls that struck both of the plane's engines. The pilot opted to land the plane in a corn field and everyone on board survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
The European portion of Russia is less than 25% of the country's territory, but has 78% of the country's population, making European Russia the most populous country in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…
The longest walkable distance on Earth spans 14,334 miles starting from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia. At a normal pace of 12.5 miles per day, it would take 3 years to complete. nerdist.com/article/longe…
In 1968, four submarines sunk belonging to Russia, the USA, France and Israel, with no clear and obvious cause for the sinkings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Russia, using earthworks and cultivation techniques (and with little glass), pioneered growing citrus trees, known for incredible frost sensitivity, in temperatures down to -30C / -22F. Annual national production of citrus reached almost half a billion pounds in 1950. lowtechmagazine.com/2020/…
In 1908 a meteorite hit Russia with hundreds of times more power than an atom bomb, destroying 500,000 acres of forest, knocking ppl over 40 miles away and causing weather events around the globe - but no one was killed and no impact crater was found. history.com/news/6-bizarr…
The Smallpox virus is the first and only infectious human disease to be completely eradicated; the last known case occurred in 1978. Small quantities of the virus still exist in two secure laboratories though; one in the USA and the other in Russia. newsweek.com/smallpox-era…
France has the most timezones, even more than Russia! wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
Some countries (Russia, Norway, Eastern Europe) clap in rhythmic unison to express approval and enjoyment, as opposed to random clapping regan.med.harvard.edu/pdf…
Russia has an extremely long and sophisticated history of secret biological weapons development, including using such weapons. factsanddetails.com/russi…
A passenger shared a photo of the plane saying "Should it disappear, this is what he looks like." before MH17 Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight in which the aircraft was shot down by surface-to-air missile transported from Russia. All passengers and the crew were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Today I learned that Russia hid cities to the world during the Soviet era passportsymphony.com/clos…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, repeatedly warned Viennas hardline Chief of Staff that continued harsh oppression of the Serbians would eventually draw Austria into a war with Russia and spell the doom of both empires. Neither empire survived World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Russia after winning WW2 drank the country's Vodka supply, and was without Vodka. vinepair.com/wine-blog/th…
According to Trotsky, the founding of the USSR in the October Revolution of 1917 couldn't have succeeded if the Germans had forbidden Lenin from travelling via their land from Switzerland to Russia. The Germans only allowed Lenin to travel, hoping a communist Russia would withdraw from WW1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
An estimated 400,000 hectares of cannabis grows wild in the Chui Valley (Kazakhstan), supplying 93% of Russia's marijuana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
In Soviet Russia, the director of the state-run TV channel was fired after playing the pop song "Moskau" by the German band Dschinghis Khan during a New Year show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
There's a tiny chunk of Russia located two countries west of Russia. Like East Germany, it's land the Red Army conquered in the last year of WWII. Unlike East Germany, the Russians are still in control of the ex-Prussian/ex-German area of KΓΆnigsberg --called since WWII the Kaliningrad Oblast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kal…
Russia has 11 time zones worldtimezone.com/time-ru…
In 2004, 186 Children were killed in what is known as the Beslan school siege when Islamic militants occupied a school in Russia and held over 1000 people hostage cnn.com/2013/09/09/world/…
During the 2018 World Cup, Burger King released an advertisement promising to give a cash prize of $47,000 and a lifetime supply of whoppers to any Russian woman that got pregnant by a World Cup player to ensure Russia's success. usatoday.com/story/sports…
The iconic tumbleweed found throughout the American Southwest was accidently imported to the USA from Russia in 1877. desertusa.com/flowers/tum…
In 1917, Germany transported 32 dissidents back to Russia hoping to cause problems for the Russian government. Among them were V. I. Lenin and his wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Vladivostok (Russia) is geographically closer to Darwin, Australia, than it is to the nation's capital of Moscow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Since 1991 Russia has been involved in 12 wars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
"blackasses" is a slur used in Russia for people from the Caucasus. newyorker.com/news/news-d…
The eastern most part of Russia and the western most part of USA are separated by just 2.4 miles or 3.8 kilometers. Russia is the closest country to USA which doesn't share a land border. earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Today I learned of the islands of Big Diomede and Little Diomede, the larger is owned by Russia and the smaller is owned by Alaska. They are less than 3 miles apart by sea, and in the winter the water freezes over, making it possible to literally walk from the United States into Russia. alaskacenters.gov/faqs-pe…
USA and Russia are actually neighbors only 2.4miles (3.8km) apart geographyrealm.com/separa…
Poland shares a land border with Russia. The region of Kaliningrad Oblast north of Poland on the Baltic Sea has officially been part of the USSR/Russia since WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Moscow, Russia has more billionaires ("ΠΌΠΈΠ»Π»ΠΈΠ°Ρ€Π΄Π΅Ρ€" in Russian) per capita than anywhere else in the world. 79 billionaires to be exact. reuters.com/article/us-bi…
The country of Russia has more surface area than the continent of Antartica visualcapitalist.com/visu…
Russia did not have to pay its WW1 debt because it became the Soviet Union en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
There is a park in Moscow containing toppled statues from across Russia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
Russia is so large, that not only does it take up 1/8th of the land on Earth, but the country alone is bigger than the planet Pluto. businessinsider.com/more-…
The longest straight line you could sail is 32,000 kilometers. Sonmiani, Pakistan to Karaginsky District, Russia technologyreview.com/2018…
The last two remnants of the virus known to cause smallpox, which are kept in tightly controlled government laboratories in the United States and Russia. In 2013, cloned variola major (smallpox) DNA fragments were found in a South African laboratory. wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallp…
After Russia exited World War I, Romania also had to make peace with Germany and Austria-Hungary; but then, six months later Romania re-declared war on them and fought with the Allies to the end en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
2000 hit song Around the World (La La La La La) of the German ATC band is actually originally a Russian song of Ruki Vverh! (Hands up!) pop group. The song wasn't even popular in Russia, BMG music co. acquired rights for it and Ruki Vverh! got proper royalties from the deal. rbth.com/arts/331410-one-…
To call someone a goat (ΠΊΠΎΠ·Ρ‘Π») in Russia is one of the worst insults. It has a criminal connotation and people got harmed and even killed over it. old.prison.org/english/rp…
In 1866, The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million by writing a check. britannica.com/event/Alas…
A 7-year-old boy named Zhenya Tabakov was posthumously awarded Russia’s Order of Courage. He died defending his older sister from being assaulted by a criminal in their home. Zhenya stabbed him with a kitchen knife and he let his sister go. She ran for help. The criminal stabbed Zhenya 8 times. real-life-heroes-and-good…
Russia was actually the first country to form a Space Force from 1992 to 1997, and then again from 2001 to 2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Every crewed spaceflight by the Soviet Union and Russia from the first crewed spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin until 2002 used a mechanical computer as navigation instrument en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vos…
Soviet Union spanned across 11 timezones with an area of 8.6million square miles with east to west spanning over 6500 miles and north to south spanning 4500 miles. Russia, the largest part of USSR remains the largest country in the world with an area of 6.5million en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
In 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States for about 2 cents per acre history.com/this-day-in-h…
In the most well-known ranking of the world's top airlines, airlines from Indonesia (Garuda Indonesia), Russia (Aeroflot), the Philippines (Philippine Airlines), and multiple low-cost airlines (AirAsia, easyJet), are ranked ahead of the highest-ranked American airline worldairlineawards.com/wo…
Boris Yeltsin made a unplanned stop at a grocery store in Texas after visiting the Johnson Space Center. He was so amazed by what they had in the store compared to the USSR, it lead him to leave the Communist party and tried make massive economic reform in Russia nhregister.com/neighborho…
The United States, and not Saudi Arabia or Russia, is the largest oil producer in the world money.cnn.com/2018/09/12/…
Lake Baikal in Russia contains 22%-23% of the worlds fresh surface water, and a max depth of 5387 feet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Today I learned about Abram Petrovich Gannibal, an African child kidnapped to Russia as a gift for Peter the Great. The tsar freed him and raised him as his godson. Gannibal became a Major-General and the Governor of Reval. He is the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, considered the greatest Russian poet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abr…
In 2016, Russia experienced an outbreak of Anthrax. The spores likely came from an infected deer carcass that had thawed during permafrost melt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Today I learned about Peter III of Russia, who proclaimed religious freedom, abolished the secret police, and made it illegal for landowners to kill peasants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The James Bond film Goldeneye has a tank chase scene filmed in St.Petersburg, Russia. Using the utmost care, the crew staged stunts and explosions in the historic heart of the city. Crew members spent a week emptying around 90,000 cans of Perrier for the stunt sequence 007.com/focus-week-golden…
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sent American combat troops to Russia during the Russian Revolution to protect arms meant for the newly-collapsed Eastern Front, as well as to rescue 56,000 Czech soldiers allied with the Triple Entente who became stranded along the Trans-Siberian Railroad. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
, Rasputin (born a peasant in Russia, but became a holy preacher) didn't die when his wine was poisoned. He also predicted that the entire imperial family would be killed by Russian people if he were killed by government officials (which became true when they were killed during Russian Revolution biography.com/political-f…
No new chemical element was discovered in an US laboratory since Seaborgium (Z=106) in 1974; Livermorium (Z=116) and Tennessine (Z=117) are named after American toponyms, but they were actually discovered in Dubna, Russia sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Alexander III of Russia saved his family when the imperial train derailed in 1888, by holding up the collapsed roof of the dining car. The onset of his kidney failure was later attributed to the blunt trauma suffered in this incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Prince Ali Ben Hussein of Jordan set out on horseback together with 14 Circassian riders in 1998 to Circassia (Russia). They followed the trail of the mass Circassian exodus in reverse. His goal was to make it possible for Circassians to return to their ancestral homeland. angelfire.com/hi2/Royalty…
There is a second Jewish territory in the world in addition to Israel: the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a small part of Russia in the far south-east near Japan/China/North Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
For decades the US Navy Freedom of Navigation program has kept the global shipping lanes free and open for commerce and trade, even for US enemies like Russia and China. The FON program acts as a deterrent against regional conflict, arbitrary maritime claims and piracy. policy.defense.gov/Portal…
There were riots against curfews and pandemic-arresting procedures in Russia, in 1830; they were called 'The Cholera Riots'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
In Soviet Russia North, at mornings drivers made a fire under engines their trucks for about two hours, before starting the engine. There were two options: never cut off the engine and run it 24/7 or make a fire. Otherwise, oil would freeze. youtu.be/ZpM62M6jN14?t=53
The oldest cousin of Native Americans was found in a 14,000 year old tooth in Russia reportweb.co/oldest-cousi…
The Chelyabinsk meteor event (a 20m wide meteor that exploded around 29.7 km above Chelyabinsk, Russia) occured on the same day that a UN Committee's Working Group, was meeting in Vienna to conclude on how to defend Earth from possible asteroid impacts. solarsystem.nasa.gov/news…
Charles Joseph Minard was French Civil engineer and pioneer of info-graphics. Minard is famous for his flow graphs, one notably showing the trade of French wine. Information designer Edward Tufte said his map of the French invasion of Russia, "may well be the best statistical graphic ever drawn" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The tumbleweed originally came from Russia nationalgeographic.com/ma…
During Napoleon’s Russia campaign, one of his soldiers had a mare who attacked people she didn’t like. In one battle, when a Russian soldier stabbed the mare in the thigh, she tore off his face. She then went on a rampage and tore apart another Russian soldier, mashing his body under her feet. hoover.org/research/fight…
The Russian Standard Bank was founded by entrepreneur Roustam Tariko in the 90s to circumvent the advertisement ban of alcohol in Russia and promote his Vodka, the Russian Standard. Today, it is the largest consumer bank in Russia and Tariko is one of the most successful bankers in Europe. wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia…
America invaded Russia in 1918 and attacked forced of the Red Army, leading to poor relations for some time between the two nations en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Tumbleweed is native to the Ural Mountains in Russia, and was brought to the US around 1877. desertusa.com/flowers/tum…
Beer was considered a soft drink in Russia until 2011 inshorts.com/en/news/beer…
Russia was forced to release ten pirates who had taken over an oil tanker, due to having insufficient legal grounds to detain them. They released them in an inflatable boat without any navigation equipment. Radio contact was lost within an hour. It’s believed that they all perished. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/86759…
In 2000, one of the worst peacetime submarines accidents ever took place off the coast of Russia. A huge explosion sank the giant nuclear-powered submarine Kursk, killing most of its crew and stranding nearly two dozen survivors hundreds of feet underwater. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Nicholas II, last Tzar of Russia, had a Japanese tattoo of a "dragon with a black body, yellow horns, a red belly and green paws.” He got it on a trip to Japan. Later he was attacked by "Sanzo, a former samurai who fought in the Satsuma Rebellion." All this before the Russo-Japanese War. japantoday.com/category/f…
Ivan the Terrible of Russia had a bodyguard corps that wore black clothing and rode black horses. They also had a severed dogs head attached to their saddles, using them to β€œsniff out” treason. Due to the lack of taxidermy, a constant supply of fresh heads was needed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
In the 1960s Soviet Russia trained an all-female space squad in absolute secrecy. One of these cosmonauts β€” Valentina Tereshkova β€” became the first woman in space. But the existence of the female program was classified. Moscow shut the space squad down, and hid its existence for decades. supercluster.com/editoria…
Akira Kurosawa was unable to get funding after a series of flops, and only returned to filmmaking after attempted suicide when the Soviet Union enlisted him to make a film set in Russia unseenjapan.com/kurosawa-…
That China has a lower gdp per capita than Russia, Greece and Mexico en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The US bought Alaska from Russia in 1867 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
On July 13, 1978, a guy named Anatoli Bugorski leaned his head inside a proton accelerator while working at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Russia and miraculously survived. Anatoli suffered many physical impairments but ended up finishing his doctorate. discovermagazine.com/heal…
The person who wrote the lyrics for the second and third Soviet national anthems, Sergey Mikhalkov, also lived to write the lyrics for the current national anthem of Russia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
In 2009 Norway sold a submarine base in the Arctic used by NATO to contain Russia. The company that bought it is suspected of renting it to the Russian military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ola…
The co-founder of the popular channel FPS Russia was found deceased in his own home. Despite being surrounded by his own weapons, the weapon responsible was never recovered and the death remains unsolved. nytimes.com/2013/01/11/us…
Russia removed Saturday and Sunday from the calendar for 11 years to create a "continuous working week" from 1929 to 1940. history.com/news/soviet-u…
Bangladesh, despite being the 8th most populous country in the world (ahead of Russia, Mexico, and Japan), is smaller than Oman, New Zealand, or Uruguay, and is by far the most densely populated country that isn't a city-state en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…

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