In 1986, two Russian airline pilots got into an argument over wether one could land the plane without vision. The main pilot pulled the curtains over the windows, insisting he could. Then, the plane missed the runway, flipped and killed 70 of the passengers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
Russian President Boris Yeltsin once got so drunk at a state dinner that he drummed on Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev's bald head, using dinner spoons. reuters.com/article/us-ru…
Anastasia, daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, supposedly escaped execution during the Russian Revolution. The story inspired books and imposters. Scientific analysis (incl. DNA analysis) now confirms she died in 1918. Remains included the imperial family and all four grand duchesses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
There is a lake in Russia nicknamed the β€œSiberian Maldives” where Russians pose for photos due to its bright turquoise colour. The lake is not that colour naturally it is turquoise due to toxic waste runoff from a local power plant and is very hazardous bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Russians eat ice cream in the winter to be warm edmontonjournal.com/news/…
On a visit to Constantinople Samuel Colt gave a custom gold inlaid revolver to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and informed him that the Russians were buying his pistols. The Turkish ordered 5,000 pistols. Colt neglected to tell the Sultan that he had used the same tactic with the Russians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In 1985, the Soviets developed Dead Hand, a doomsday device that is still around. In the event of a total decapitation of the Soviet/Russian chain of command, an automatic system could detect a nuclear first strike and launch a retaliatory strike completely autonomously. science.howstuffworks.com…
Barbara Bach who was Russian agent XXX the main Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me, auditioned for Charlie's Angels prompting them to ask her manager if she could play an American. Bach was born in Queens, New York en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
In the 40s and 50s, a man calling himself Prince Michael Romanoff, supposedly a member of the Russian royal family, ran a restaurant popular with Hollywood stars. Almost everyone knew he was a fake, but they just played along. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The radio transmitter used by Nazi Germany to communicate with U-boats worldwide is still in use today by the Russian Navy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
Astronomer Fritz Zwicky - the first to conceive of dark matter, supernovas, and neutron stars - wrote in 1961 that the way to reach other stars is by accelerating the sun via nuclear fusion, and having it drag all the planets along. He warned that if the US didn't pursue this, the Russians would io9.gizmodo.com/how-to-co…
When the US faced civil war, Russia was the most supportive nation to the Union, sending its Pacific and Atlantic fleets to US ports, as well as many Russian officers to volunteer, serving up to the rank of Brigadier General. history.navy.mil/research…
One Russian superstition is that you should make a wish when sitting in between two people with the same name. If you don't tell your wish to anyone, it may come true. rbth.com/arts/lifestyle/2…
Russian stores stopped carrying Holocaust graphic novel β€œMaus” because it had a swastika on its cover, calling it β€œNazi propaganda” theguardian.com/world/201…
Only about 80% of residents are Russia are ethnically Russian. The other 20% are indigenous peoples. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Norwgian Navy has a strange wedge-shaped ship that chases around the Russian fleet to conduct surveillance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FS_…
Today I learned of Onfim Wuz, a medieval Russian boy whose doodles and notes on a birch bark, remained preserved in the clay soil of Novgorod, Russia lithub.com/onfim-wuz-here…
Today I learned of a Russian analog computer built in 1936 that ran by a careful manipulation of water through a room full of interconnected pipes and pumps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Today I learned of the "First Theremin Concert for Extraterrestrials"; part of an interstellar radio transmission to six solar-type stars in 2001. The concert includes Russian folk songs and works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Saint-SaΓ«ns, Rakhmaninov, and Gershwin. HD 95128 in Ursa Major is first to receive in 2047. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tee…
Today I learned about Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy that solved his own murder case. He was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret service theguardian.com/world/201…
Before modern refrigerators, Russian and Finnish people would keep live brown frogs in their milk to keep it fresh. It was found that the secretions made by the frogs basically act as antibiotics, killing bacteria, and keeping the milk fresh and safe to drink. discovermagazine.com/envi…
77% of Russia's land area is Asia but 77% of Russians live in Europe. nationsonline.org/oneworl…
After Alaska was handed over to the United States from the Russians, Friday, October 6, 1867 was followed by Friday, October 18, 1867, due to the changeover from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dep…
During Vostok 4, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Popovich said that he was able to observe thunderstorms from his spacecraft. However, he forgot that the Russian word for thunderstorms was the agreed upon code word for extreme nausea requiring immediate landing, and his mission was cut short. astronautix.com/p/popovic…
A Russian oligarch rigged the voting of the Voice in favor of his daughter and got caught. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
A British Secret Service agent planned a rescue of the Imperial Russian Family, the Romanovs, imprisoned in Ipatiev House in 1918 by the Bolsheviks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In the 50's & 60's Russians would make bootleg copies of US LP records on old discarded x-ray films because that was the only suitable material to be found. x-rayaudio.com/x-rayaudio…
Project 670A, a Russian *nuclear* submarine, sank and was raised. It sunk AGAIN. Leading to the imprisonment of the submarine commander. fas.org/nuke/guide/russia…
For two decades, 10 percent of all the electricity consumed in the United States came from thousands of decommissioned Russian nuclear warheads. npr.org/2013/12/11/250007…
There is a Russian neopagan movement called Anastasianism, named after Anastasia, a beautiful woman the founder met in Siberia whom adherents believe to be a deity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
Today I learned about the 'attack of the dead men' when Russian soldiers poisoned by German combat gases, attacked Germans stationed at Osowiec stronghold, effectively causing them to panic at the sight of 'dead men coughing blood' attacking, and causing them to flee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
In WWI, the Germans faced a counterattack after using poison gases against the Russians. The soldiers had no protective equipment and their zombie-like appearance frightened the Germans into retreat in the Attack of the Dead Men en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Today I learned about UVB-76, an unexplained Russian shortwave radio station that broadcasts a single tone constantly along with cryptic voice messages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB…
Today I learned of KJ Yesudas, an Indian Musician and Singer who has recorded over 50,000 songs in 10 different languages including Arabic, Latin, Russian, and English, despite only speaking his own regional language of Malayalam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._…
The Independent news is owned by a Russian oligarch, his son, and a Sultan from Saudi Arabia. bbc.com/news/amp/entertai…
An English submarine on a combat patrol in WWII accepted a Russian reindeer as a gift. The reindeer spent six weeks at sea, slept under the captain's bed, and got fat off of condensed milk. It then spent the rest of its life in an English zoo. news.bbc.co.uk/local/hamp…
Today I learned about the Night Witches, an all-female squadron of Russian pilots and navigators who flew wooden bi-planes on dangerous bombing missions during WW2. history.co.uk/article/the…
Today I learned about Belka and Strelka - two Russian dogs that became the first living creatures to make it to the orbit and back safely in 1960. They became very folk heroes, spawning cartoons, electronica/dance music, and even Russia's first 3D animated film. airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
Squirrels are predators. In addition to small bugs, squirrels have been spotted eating birds, snakes, mice, and shrews. In one instance, a pack of Russian black squirrels killed and ate a stray dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The indigenous Chukchi of Chukotka, Russia, managed to successfully prevent the Russian Empire from conquering them to which the Russian government offered citizenship and a treaty that would exempt them from paying tribute. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
About 44% of deaths among Russian soldiers are due to suicide after being a victim of a systematic abuse called Dedovshchina themoscowtimes.com/2020/0…
A tame and friendly Beluga whale speculated to be an escaped Russian spy was released from a harness in Norway by villagers in 2019 and has lived there ever since. Russia didn't confirm or deny this claim, but said the nearby naval base made it a possibility. He's still alive and well. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
A Russian cat was used by prisoners to sneak drugs into their penal colony near Moscow. The cat allegedly had 5.79 grams of hashish & 1.56 grams of amphetamine under its collar. Defense/prosecution lawyers each wanted the cat to support their case but it escaped from its kennel before trial. telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
WhopperCoin was a cryptocurrency launched by the Russian branch of Burger King as a loyalty program in the summer of 2017. It was the first issuance of branded cryptocurrency by a major company, and the first form of loyalty points that traded freely. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who…
Former Russian president Yeltsin got drunk and wandered into the streets of Washington DC in his underwear, trying to get a pizza. history.com/news/bill-cli…
Finland was part of the Russian Republic until 1917 infofinland.fi/en/informa…
Russian β€œTotal Theater” peaked in 1920 with β€œThe Storming of the Winter Palace,” where thousands of ballet dancers, circus performers, and actorsβ€”plus tanks and a battle cruiserβ€”re-enacted the October Revolution for a crowd of 100,000 in St. Petersburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev called an exhibition of Russian Avant-Garde paintings "dog shit," leading to widespread crackdowns on cultural expression in the Soviet Union en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
Today I learned of the unofficial Russian book The Last Ringbearer which describes The Lord of the Rings trilogy from Sauron's point of view and portrays Mordor as the good guys en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Dead Hand, a Cold War-era automatic nuclear weapons system used by the Soviet Union. It can trigger the launch of Russian ICBM's if an attack is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity, and pressure sensors, even at the absence of human oversight. It allegedly still remains in use. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…

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