Joseph R. Beyrle is thought to be the only American soldier to have served with both the United States Army and the Soviet Army in World War II. His son John Beyrle served as the United States Ambassador to Russia 2008-2012.
If you’re flying aboard a spaceflight leaving from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, you’ll be ordered to pee on the back-right tire of a bus. It’s tradition.
In 1978 Soviet Geologists found a family of six surviving in the middle of Siberia who hadn’t seen another human since 1936.
When US imposed sanctions against Russia’s space program the Russian Deputy Prime Minister tweeted “After reviewing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the United States deliver their astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline.”
On a trip to England in 1698, Peter the Great loved the taste of stout beers, but was unable to take any back with him to Russia before it spoiled. To mitigate this, London brewers added more hops and alcohol to their stouts thus creating a new beer style, the Russian Imperial Stout.
Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev was in space when the Soviet Union was dissolved. He went up a Soviet citizen and returned a Russian citizen.
All US astronauts are required to learn Russian as part of their extensive training, and have to be able to run the ISS using Russian-language training manuals if necessary.
The Tsar Bomba, the single most physically powerful device ever used, had a mushroom cloud over 7 times the height of Everest. The shockwave circled the earth 3 times and caused windowpanes to be partially broken at distances of 900 km (560 mi). The original design was twice as large.
Russia is opening a “Military Disneyland” that will allow guests to shoot military grade weapons and try out various military simulators.
When McDonald’s set up its first restaurant in Soviet Russia, it had to teach workers how to smile and pretend to be cheerful. The Russian language has a unique proverb that is absent from other languages, “A smile without a reason is a sign of idiocy.”