The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was banned in the Soviet Union for its alleged “occultism”.
The Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khruschev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not trust Vice President Johnson, so Khruschev rejected the plan.
Raisa Gorbachev once told a British minister there were more than 300 ways to cook potatoes in the USSR. When he had doubts, she sent him a cookbook and a note: “My apologies for being somewhat inaccurate: in fact, there are five hundred, rather than three hundred, recipes to cook potatoes.”
From 1929 to 1940, the Soviet Union introduced a 5-day week in a deliberate bid to eliminate religion.
The Soviet Union attempted to domesticate moose for use in a cavalry.
Only one Soviet male was awarded the “Mother Heroine Medal” (reserved for women who bore at least 10 children), because he adopted 12 children.
During the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact soldiers, road signs in towns were removed or painted over to confuse invading troops—except for those indicating the way to Moscow.