More Interesting “Facts” About Russia Posted by Jenya on Nov 11, 2015 in Culture, History, Russian life, Soviet Union, when in Russia
As I was researching facts about Russia that I could write a blog about, I came across some more interesting and funny ones. These strange Russian “facts” were more entertaining and write about; hope they are entertaining to read as well.
It’s bad luck to return to your house after you’ve already left
Should you be on your way to the airport or grocery store and you forget your wallet, passport, or whatever, don’t go back for them. Instead, have a neighbor, friend, or relative go into your house to grab the items for you. I wonder who came up with this superstition?
Rugs/Carpets: Why walk on them when you can hang them on the walls?
Russian’s will often hang their rugs on the walls. In some music studios, this tactic is employed to help soundproof the room. This is partly why it was done in Russia. People thought that it would make it more difficult for others to eavesdrop on their conversations – thus decreasing the chance you’d get a knock on your door in the middle of the night to go down for questioning. During the Soviet era, people had to be extremely careful with their opinions.
Russia chose Christianity over Islam so it could drink alcohol
This may be more legend than fact – I don’t know. According to legend, Prince Vladimir the Great ruled Kievan Rus or medieval Russia from 980 to 1015. Prior to this, Russia was more pagan than anything so he decided to adopt a national religion. Since he also believed that part of “the joy of Rus is in drinking,” Islam was out and Christianity was in. Islamic tenets forbid drinking whereas Christianity, according to Prince Vladimir’s understanding, doesn’t.
During the 2012 election when Putin again became president, more than 100 percent of the people turned out to vote in one region
In one region in Russia, according to and interesting story on Gawker, 146 percent of the electorate turned out to vote. And you thought that only one hundred percent of people could vote? Not so in Russia! I wonder why other world leaders felt the elections were fraudulent?
There are nearly 9 million more women than men in Russia
Perhaps this is why you hear of Russian women leaving the country for other parts of the world in the form of Russian mail-order brides – there just aren’t enough men to choose from. A Russian man cannot complain that he doesn’t have enough women to choose from – though he faces competition from both foreign man and the internet.
There are over a half million alcohol-related deaths in Russia each year
Perhaps Prince Vladimir chose Christianity for Russia because he knew so many of his countrymen would perish due to excessive drinking and he was concerned about their souls. Alcoholism, as you may know, is a big problem in Russia and the country ranks among the top five countries with the highest average consumption rate per person.
The Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg is guarded by nearly 70 cats
It is supposed that Peter the Great’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, is responsible for employing cats to guard the prestigious museum against rodents. Cats don’t require background checks, pay raises, and benefits – at least not yet.
Russians love to pickle everything – even former leaders
Russians pickle things to preserve them, among other reasons. Not only do beets, cucumbers, and herring get pickled in Russia, so did Vladimir Lenin. That’s right, you can still see the former Soviet leader’s body on on display right next the Kremlin and in Red Square. Considering he’s been deceased for so long, he looks quite good.
There are numerous “crazy facts” about Russia that can be found all over the internet and many of them are quite interesting and funny. While some of these “facts” may be more factual than others, the point is to entertain and arouse curiosity. Should you have any you’d like to add, please do:)))
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