For centuries before refrigeration, Russians dropped live frogs into their milk to keep it from spoiling. Secretions from their skin inhibited the growth of bacteria.
Russian and NATO troops were very close to using force against each other in Kosovo, 1999. A NATO commander disobeyed the orders he was given, reportedly saying “I’m not going to start the Third World War for you” to his superior, who was later fired.
There is an official Russian spinoff of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” called “It’s Always Sunny in Moscow” that focuses on the owners of a Moscow bar named Philadelphia.
Every bald Russian leader since 1825 has been succeeded by a leader with a full head of hair.
In Russia many doctors “treat” alcoholism by surgically implanting a small capsule into their patients. The capsules react so severely with alcohol that once the patient touches a single drop, they instantly acquire an excruciating illness of similar intensity to acute heroin withdrawal.
In the 1500’s Russia had a mentally disabled Tsar who enjoyed nothing more in life than ringing bells and whose mismanagement led to the 15 year Time of Troubles. But they loved and respected him anyway.
In 1991 a fake Russian tv program on Leningrad tv convinced many citizens that Lenin consumed a lot of psychedelic mushrooms, eventually even becoming a mushroom himself. The Leningrad communist party had to declare that”Lenin could not have been a mushroom” because “a mammal can not be a plant”.
Russian dash cams have caught everything from incredible motorcycle accidents, to a massive meteor breaking up in Earth’s atmosphere, and now this bizarre video of road rage in Chelyabinsk. The driver cut off the minivan intending to fight, but unexpectedly got beaten up by the cartoon characters.
More than 40 percent of Russian girls have already lost their virginity by the age of 15 — a year younger than the legal age of consent.
Tsar Peter III of Russia court-martialed and hanged a rat which had chewed the heads off his toy soldiers.
When Peter the Great found his wife had a lover he had the man beheaded, then forced her to keep her lover’s head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom which stood in Catherine’s bedroom till Peter’s death.
Citizens of Russia can legally identify as any ethnicity, real or not. According to official statistics in the 2002 census, there are Russian citizens who identify as Babylonians, Romans, Martians, Goblins, Elves, and Hobbits.
Russian voters used to have a box on their ballots to vote for “against all”.
In Soviet Russia, due to strict censorship of music, there was a black market for Beatles records that had been etched onto used x-ray film. Some would sell for an entire month’s salary. The records earned the name “music on the bones.”
Because the Russians did such a great job embalming Lenin, the Vietnamese flew Ho Chi Minh’s corpse to Russia once a year for a “refresh.”