Apart from their 15 Super-Manly Facts About Vladimir Putin, Russia also possess a ton of crazy facts that we don’t know. With the recent crisis in Ukraine, Russia had been hitting headlines quite a bit. To quote what Winston Churchill once said, Russia is “a riddle wrapped around a mystery inside an enigma.” In layman’s term, we don’t know half of the craziness going on over there! But quite frankly, we’ve managed to get a hold of a few things. Here are 25 crazy Russia facts! Beware, though, great leader Putin might just be standing behind you, watching his great nation unfold before you, lest he unfolds you first.
1. Apple is worth more than the entire Russian stock market
2. Rich people in Moscow buy ambulances and use them to drive around because the traffic is so bad
3. Russia has 8400 nuclear warheads which is more than any other nation
4. Russian McDonald’s carry the McShrimp, something that allegedly cannot be found anywhere else
5. The mayor of a city called Megion in Siberia actually banned excuses
6. Russia’s surface area is bigger than Pluto’s surface area
8. It spans 9 contiguous time zones which is more than any other country
9. It is believed that Russia has at least 15 “secret cities” with unknown names and locations
10. Roughly 9 million people ride the Moscow metro every day. That is more than New York and London combined
11. Driving around with a dirty car is a criminal offense
12. Everyone thinks America has a high homicide rate (4.7 per 100,000), but Russia’s is twice as high (9.7 per 100,000)
13. Officials believe this is related to Vodka consumption. The average Russian consumes 18 liters of alcohol annually which is over two times what experts consider dangerous.
14. On average Russians drink 6.3 shots of liquor per week while Americans drink 3.3
15. 25% of Russian men die before reaching the age of 55 compared with only 1% in the United States.
16. Russians also consume about 6 times as much tea as Americans
17. During Peter the Great’s reign there was a beard tax which anyone with a beard had to pay.
18. Lake Baikal holds one fifth of the world’s fresh water
19. World War II has actually not completely ended yet. Due to a dispute over the Kuril Islands, Russia and Japan still haven’t signed a peace treaty and therefore they remain at war.
20. 64% of journalist deaths in Russia since 1992 have been murders.
21. There are over half a million alcohol related deaths in Russia every year
22. Russia is actually rated the 5th deadliest country on Earth to be a journalist
23. At the nearest point, Russia and the United States are less than 4 km apart
24. In 1867 Russia sold Alaska to the United States for less than 2 cents an acre.
25. Siberia accounts for 77% of the country